GSPK Design are delighted to announce a successful audit by SGS Baseefa for the ATEX approval of ISO 80079/34 in our production and manufacturing facility.
This means we can continue to manufacture intrinsically safe equipment and protective systems used in potentially explosive atmospheres.
The audit process involved the production team as well as senior management, the auditor left no stone unturned to award us with the quality assurance notification (QAN) ISO 80079/34.
The auditor thoroughly checked all of the current procedures we have in place in our design and production departments. Everything from our purchasing processes right through to testing and the final checks we make to every product with ATEX approval.
The systems we have in place benefit our customers greatly, with every part of the process they are safe in the knowledge that they’re ATEX approved equipment is being designed, tested and manufactured to the highest calibre. Our experienced production team of manufacturers have worked with ATEX products for a number of years and are fully versed when it comes to ensuring the customers product arrives in their hands on time, to spec and ultimately safe.
What is ATEX?
ATEX is a French abbreviation of Appareils destinés à être utilisés en ATmosphères EXplosibles (Devices for use in explosive atmospheres).
It consists of two European Union (EU) directives:
- For employees who use equipment and potentially are at risk in explosive atmospheres. – The ATEX 137 workplace directive 99/92/EC
- The manufacturing of equipment to be used in potentially explosive atmospheres – the ATEX 95 equipment directive 94/9/EC
GSPK Design was awarded the second one on this list, the ATEX 95 equipment directive
Processes play a key part in gaining an ATEX approval and many different companies carry out the auditing process (in our case we used SGS Baseefa).
Who Will Benefit from an ATEX Approved Manufacturer
There are many different working sectors that will benefit from an ATEX approved Electronic manufacturer, including:
- Oil Industry
- Gas Industry
- Power and Marine Industries
As you can see these industries all have a potentially explosive atmospheres and will use electronics in some form.
Another industry that is still evolving is the drone market. It was recently announced by Maersk that they had commissioned French drone experts, Xamen Technologies to design and produce a drone that was capable of taking small packages to Maersk tanker ships. Everything from food to medicine can be delivered from a safe site on-shore saving valuable time for the ships destination as there is no need for it pull into harbour. Check out the video below to see the ATEX certified drone in action:
The future of ATEX approved equipment
The future of ATEX approved equipment is always expanding, with the ever growing need for technology to be smarter and more accurate. Accuracy is key in all of the industries that are considered to have the potential to be explosive as one wrong move could prove disastrous.
With emerging markets such as the drone industry being used in hazardous areas the future for ATEX equipment is looking positive. More and more money is being invested into technologies and industries are adapting to this by coming up with novel ways to use it to their advantage.
GSPK Design want to work with companies looking to manufacture new electronic equipment for the different industries.
If you would like to discuss more about working with us on an ATEX approved electronic design, then do get in touch using the form below or click here.