Processing Magazine

Pumps earn ATEX certification for use in explosive atmospheres

November 3, 2009

The ATEX directive consists of two European Union directives that describe what equipment is allowed in an explosive atmosphere. Realizing that safety in potentially explosive areas can only be guaranteed by a close and effective working relationship amongst all parties, the manufacturer has taken responsibility for its pumps’ compliance with the necessary ATEX directives. The company’s metallic pumps comply with ATEX 94/9/EC Group I, category M2 and Group II, category 2, zones G and D. Their plastic pumps comply with ATEX 94/9/EC Group II, category 2, zone G. They also offer ATEX Retrofit Kits for metal and plastic pumps that utilize one of the manufacturer’s existing air-distribution systems. These retrofit kits feature parts that are constructed of electrically and statically dissipative materials, with a wide variety of appropriate elastomer options. All of the parts feature a special ATEX marking that indicates the suitable ATEX categories where the pump can be installed.