Wednesday, April 25, 2012

ATEX & IECEx approved sensors

The Deeter Group has attained ATEX and IECEx approval on a wide range of sensor products enabling them to be used in hazardous environments.

ATEX Directive 94/9/EC is the mandatory requirement for all equipment intended for use in a potentially explosive atmosphere to conform to specific safety standards. Many manufacturing processes, including biodiesel production, generate potentially explosive atmospheres. European Directive 137 – The protection of workers from potentially explosive atmospheres – makes it mandatory under European law to assess for an explosion risk and classify the area accordingly.

ATEX approval is now available on Deeter’s market-leading LVCS range of continuous output stainless steel vertical liquid level sensors. Available with digital and a number of different analogue output options, including 4-20mA current loop, the LVCS range may be specified with an 8 or 12mm sensor tube diameter, 1” or 2” ball float and from 100 to 4000mm tube length with optional thread mounting. The ATEX approval has been granted on both the standard Deeter LVCS and the optional Hall-Effect sensor versions.

Also now ATEX approved are the Deeter Group’s flexile range of vertical float switches which may be specified with up to 7 floats at 1” or 2” diameter, 8 or 12mm diameter tube, with lengths between 60 to 4000mm and optional thread mounting. Low and high voltage switch options are available in either SPDT or SPST contact forms.

IECEx Certification is a system intended to facilitate international trade in equipment and services for use in explosive atmospheres, while maintaining the required level of safety. Conformance to IECEx offers manufacturers reduced testing and certification costs, faster time to market, one international database listing and international confidence in the product assessment process.

Peter Whiteaker, Managing Director of Deeter Group, comments; "ATEX approval opens up a large new market for our sensor products where we are sure our wide range of standard products and fast turnaround custom designs will be very successful.”

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