ATEX Accredited Solutions

Devices for explosive environments

ATEX Overview

ATEX derives its name from the French title of the 94/9/EC directive: Appareils destinés à être utilisés en ATmosphères EXplosives.

The ATEX Directive defines criteria for equipment that will be used in an environment in which there is potential for an explosion. Spirit has many customers in sectors where this could apply. These include utilities (gas meter fitting, power plant inspections, manhole inspections); field service (gas, engineers in hazardous environments); pharmaceuticals (manufacturing facilities); and food and distilleries.

Devices that will be used in potentially explosive atmosphere have to fulfil specific requirements. Companies that work in these sectors but don’t use equipment that meet these criteria can face high risks, insurance expenses and liability compensation claims. Spirit therefore works with several manufacturers to ensure that we can supply intrinsically safe mobile computing equipment that has been developed for use in an explosive environment.

The right solution from the right manufacturer

Rugged PDAThe main ATEX-accredited products we source include phones, tablets and PDAs.

We supply products from all the leading manufacturers including ecom, Getec, Intermec, Panasonic and Xplore.

Click here to see our full range of products for sale, or download our Comparison Chart of Intrinsically Safe products examining the features of some of the most popular products.

Definition of ATEX numbering system

ATEX Chart

 

Xplore RangerX
ATEX Ci70
ATEX ToughPad
ATEX V100

 

The zone division in the IEC

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), is an international standardization organization in the electrotechnology and electronics sector that is headquartered in Geneva and defines vulnerable zones.

Areas subject to gas explosion

Picture courtesy of ecom.

Zone 0
Area in which an explosive atmosphere with a mixture of air and flammable substances in the form of gas, vapor or fog is present, either constantly or in the long term.

Zone 1
Area in which it must be assumed that an explosive atmosphere with a mixture of air and flammable substances in the form of gas, vapor or fog arises during normal operation.

Zone 2
Area in which it must be not assumed that an explosive atmosphere with a mixture of air and flammable substances in the form of gas, vapor or fog arises during normal operation and if so, then only rarely and for a short time.