Since 2003, manufacturers across the European Union (EU) have been obliged to comply with strict new EU directives governing safety in explosive atmospheres. Called ATEX (from the French ATmosphères EXplosives), ATEX Directive 94/9/EC has an impact not only on European manufacturers, but also on non-European makers of industrial equipment wishing to sell in Europe.
Two of the most common classification systems for hazardous locations are the NEC Division Classification system and the Zone Classification system used by the European Union (EU) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).
Article 500 of the NEC also classifies hazardous locations according to the properties of the flammable vapors, liquids or gases, or according to the combustible dusts or fibers that may be present and the likelihood that a flammable or combustible concentration or quantity is present. Articles 505 and 506 of the NEC refer to zone classifications. Refer to the Technical Information section of the Specifier's Guide for specific definitions and additional information.
Hoffman's ATEX enclosures are not intended for use in explosion-proof or flame-proof (Ex d) applications.
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