In the oil and gas industry, there are many potential causes
of an on-site explosion. Understandably, safety is a priority within the
industry, and regulators and operators must continually monitor and limit the
threat of explosion in order to keep people safe.
In order to control this, any producers who provide electrical equipment for the oil and gas industry must abide by strict regulations to certify that their product is explosion proof. Countries and regions each have their own certification and regulations around the subject and products can’t be sold or installed without the required certification.
Our products are key to the industry and as such, we hold explosion proof certification for multiple countries, most recently gaining authorisation for the UAE (ECAS-Ex) and Korea (KC).
Here’s a little more information about the UAE and Korean explosion-proofing regulations.
ECAS-Ex was created by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA). The certification is applicable for products that run under electric power in explosive areas, and for components that form part of the electrical system that should not be used alone in an explosive area.
In order to gain ECASE-Ex certification, the manufacturer must supply multiple test reports alongside drawings, schematics and manuals.
With South Korea being one of the world’s leading markets for electronic equipment, they have their own certification to ensure products do not endanger users. Previously this included 140 marks. KC replaced all of these in 2009.
South Korea stipulate all electronics on the Korean market, or bought by Korean buyers, must have the KC (Korea Certification) mark. In order to gain the KC mark, producers must undergo regular factory inspections and product testing.
Learn more about the importance of explosion proofing and the certification that Fluenta holds in our Explosion Proofing whitepaper, here.