ATEX certification for outboard bearing rotary valves
The rotary valves and diverter valves of DMN-WESTINGHOUSE were already specified to create an ATEX safe environment. Thanks to the implementation of several product improvements, our outboard bearing rotary valves are now also ATEX certified for internal gas zones. This means that our products can be used safely in an environment with an internal and/or external explosive atmosphere for both gas and dust mixtures.
The term ATEX includes all situations where there is a risk of gas and dust explosions. The abbreviation ATEX comes from the French words ATmosphere EXplosible from the European directives of explosion safety. Companies and organizations that work in explosion-hazardous environments must take measures so that employees can carry out their work in a safe manner. ATEX standards or guidelines have been drawn up for this.
The ATEX standard
ATEX directives have been drawn up within the European Union. Each member within the EU should incorporate these guidelines into their national law. The ATEX directive 114 (2014/34/EU and previously ATEX 95) determines which standards equipment and products must comply with that are used in potentially explosive atmospheres. This directive mainly applies to manufacturers.
Gas and dust explosions can cause enormous damage and working with explosive substances and gases therefore entails great risks. From that point of view, it is important to be able to check whether products and installations, work environments and personal competencies meet the set rules and requirements. To confirm ATEX certification is required. Thanks to the implementation of several product improvements, our outboard bearing rotary valves are now also ATEX certified for internal gas zones. This new ATEX certification is the verified proof of DMN-WESTINGHOUSE’s high quality standards.
Next to the ATEX certificate it is important to know that all valves from DMN-WESTINGHOUSE carry the CE marking for machines as standard. This way we make it easier to comply with European regulations for the entire installation and the complete process.
In Europe, CE marking sets essential requirements regarding safety, health, hygiene, and other consumer protection. For the dry bulk industry, among other things, the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC) applies.
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