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SpaceVac releases world’s first ATEX approved cleaning system

04 April 2016

SpaceVac is celebrating a major world-first: its range of high-level cleaning systems has become the first cleaning system of its kind, anywhere in the world, to be certified for use within ATEX explosive atmospheres. This exciting opportunity represents a major coup for the company – consolidating its position as the market leader for high-level cleaning systems.

Explosive atmospheres can be caused when flammable gases, mists, vapours or combustible dusts build up in confined spaces. If there is enough of the substance, mixed with air, then all is needed, is a source of ignition to cause an explosion. The consequences – as seen at the Bosely Mill disaster in 2015 – can be dire, and it is with safety at heart that the SpaceVac team began developing the groundbreaking ATEX system.

The SpaceVac ATEX system (which has been granted a worldwide patent) has been certified for use in explosive atmospheres after independent tests found that the system was completely conductive. This means that everything from the anti-static brushes and accessories and carbon-fibre poles, through to the high-powered wet and dry vacuum units, are guaranteed not to spark.

The system can be used in both M Class and H Class dust and ATEX Zones 1,2, 21 & 22 explosive dust environments – a first for any high-level cleaning system. This is achieved using brushless long life ignition-source-free EC motors and a built-in Flow Sensor that monitors air speed in the suction hose to make sure that is does not go below the minimum 20 m/s ATEX requirement.

SpaceVac Managing Director Colin Lewis said: “After years of continuous R&D on our products, we are very proud that the SpaceVac system is now the first system in the world to be certified as safe within ATEX atmospheres. Clearly for our customers, the welfare and safety of their employees is paramount and with this in mind, we are tremendously excited to be launching the ATEX range to the world.”

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