ATEX Certified Devices

ATEX is a classification of work areas into zones where a hazardous explosive atmosphere may occur. Dakota Mobile supply industry leading products that guarantee safety and compliance.

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ATEX certification in rugged handheld and tablet devices offers prevention against effective ignition sources:

  • Open flames
  • Mechanically generated impact sparks
  • Mechanically generated friction sparks
  • Electric sparks
  • High surface temperature
  • Electrostatic discharge
  • Radiation

The zone classification depends on an area’s size, its location and the likelihood of an explosive atmosphere.

European ATEX & IEC Classification Definition of zone
Zone 0 (gases/vapors) An area in which an explosive mixture is continuously present or present for long periods
Zone 1 (gases/vapors) An area in which an explosive mixture is likely to occur in normal operation
Zone 2 (gases/vapors) An area in which an explosive mixture is not likely to occur in normal operation and if it occurs it will exist only for a short time
Zone 20 (dusts) An area in which an explosive mixture is continuously present or present for long periods
Zone 21 (dusts) An area in which an explosive mixture is likely to occur in normal operation
Zone 22 (dusts) An area in which an explosive mixture is not likely to occur in normal operation and if it occurs it will exist only for a short time

In which environment is ATEX certification required?

Numerous industries require that devices meet the appropriate ATEX standard from a regulatory and safety perspective. This is to protect staff and equipment in gas or dust explosion hazardous environments including:

Petrochemicals (Oil & Natural Gas), Chemical manufacturing, Pharmaceutical manufacturing, Mining, Aviation / Marine Fuelling.

Here are examples of business applications where the use of ATEX devices is mandatory.

In hazardous environments, the automatic identification and tracking of items through real-time data collection using either barcodes, RFID or NFC tags, rugged PDAs or Tablet devices need to be ATEX approved:

  • Oil / gas platform maintenance, asset management & stock tracking

  • Chemical manufacturing processes

  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing processes

  • Aircraft refuelling

  • Field Service & Maintenance, PAT (Portable Appliance Testing)

  • HazLoc inspection and audit

Partnering with ecom, part of Pepperl+Fuchs

Dakota is pleased to partner with ecom, part of Pepperl+Fuchs, international industry pioneer in explosion protection for mobile devices since 1986. Ecom offers a portfolio of intrinsically safe devices including smartphones, Mobile Computers and tablets for explosion-hazardous areas.

For more information, please visit www.ecom-ex.com and www.pepperl-fuchs.com.

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