Why explosion protection?
Explosion protection for electrical and mechanical machinery is an important precautionary measure to ensure the safety of persons and all kinds of production, storage and distribution systems, when explosive mixtures of combustible gases, dusts and air may occur.
What does explosion protection achieve?
Explosion protection can mean to generally prevent the occurrence of an explosive mixture. Explosion protection can also be achieved by eliminating potential ignition sources in advance, e.g. high temperatures and sparking by designing components accordingly and by permanent monitoring of operation, or by using a flame-proof enclosure for the source of ignition to protect the surrounding area against possible effects of an internal explosion. In many trades and industries, combustible gases, vapours and dusts are handled which may cause explosions.
Examples of explosion hazards in various industries:
• Chemical industry.
• Waste disposal sites.
• Energy production companies.
• Waste management companies.
• Gas suppliers.
• Metal processing companies.
• Wood-processing companies.
• Paint shops.
• Food and feeding-stuffs industry.
• Pharmaceutical industry.
• Recycling companies.
All of Yale’s ATEX hoists meet the following standards: EN1127-1:1997; EN13463-1:2001; EN13463-5:2003, and are supplied complete with the relevant ATEX approval documentation. For further information please visit our ATEX web site: www.atexhoists.e
Levels of protection:
Columbus McKinnon offer three levels of protection - BASIC, MEDIUM, and HIGH. Under directive 94/9/EC, equipment for areas with an explosion hazard are assigned to groups, categories and temperature classes. This is necessary as the requirements for equipment need not be the same for every application and for every hazard classification.
NB: It is the responsibility of the user to identify the explosion proof classification required, NOT the hoist manufacturer or the supplier.
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