The IECEx Scheme, The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) System for global certification to standards for electrical equipment in hazardous locations, plays an important role in the global certification of hazardous location equipment. The Scheme seeks to simplify and advance the export of equipment through its harmonized international standards, facilitating global trade and international growth in hazardous locations like oil and gas sites.
It is a certification system which verifies compliance with IEC international standards relating to safety in hazardous areas. It covers equipment, service facilities and the competency of personnel. IECEx provides an internationally accepted means of proving compliance with these standards and means products can be supplied to the market without the need for additional tests.
All our TX47XX range of products are all certified to IECEx Standards. The TX4799 FPSO Slip Ring was our first IECEx-certified slip ring, which was approved in February 2008.
In Great Britain, the requirements of the Directive were put into effect on 1st March 1996, through BIS Equipment and Protective Systems Intended for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 1996 (SI 1996/192).
Since 1st July 2003, it has been mandatory under EU Law that all equipment for use in a potentially explosive atmosphere must conform to specific safety standards.
Obviously, slip rings are a key element of our company. However, we are able to offer other products to complement the slip rings.
We have been designing, manufacturing and assembling slip rings for FPSO applications since 1992. The first slip ring we produced for this application was the TX4790, which was ordered in July 1992.
The unit was certified to ATEX Standards by Baseefa in February 1993, and conformed to the requirements of EN 50 014 (1977), EN 50 018 (1977) and EN 50 019 (1977).
Today, we continue to design and manufacture a range of units to suit these applications. Now, they are typically built using electrical slip rings combined with fibre optic rotary joints, providing uninterrupted delivery of electrical power and signals, alongside fibre optic signals, in hazardous areas.