Certifications confirm Exico’s ambitions
20 August 2015
Industrial motor supplier Exico has added Zone 21, Zone 2 and Zone 22 ATEX motors to its product portfolio, complementing its existing offering which includes Zone 1 motors. It has also passed its ISO 9001:2008 and QAN (Quality Assurance Notification - essential for companies offering ATEX motors).
These approvals were identified as priority objectives on Exico’s strategy to redevelop its own independent presence in the UK after ten years absence on the UK market.
“With the new company we want to be able to address a wide range of motor users,” explains Sales Director Lucie Hodkova. “We have a comprehensive offering of motors and related products for the general market and are working on a number of approvals and awards so that we can supply specialist markets, such as petrochemicals, food processing, cement, textiles and pharmaceutical manufacture.”
Exico’s product offering includes: standard single- and three-phase motors; medium and high voltage motors; and special motors such as those engineered for explosion-proof and marine environments. It also supplies variable-speed drives, gearboxes, accessories such as brakes, fans, encoders as well as slide rails and coolant pumps for machine tools.
Zone 21, Zone 2 and Zone 22 ATEX (ATmosphères EXplosives) motors are respectively certified for use in gas-vapour-mist and dust atmospheres in which explosive mixtures are likely to occur for short times. EC Type Examination Certificates are available for all ATEX motors. Zones 2 and 22 are less demanding than Zones in which explosive potential exists constantly or for extended times. Up to half of all industrial environments may be classified as Zone 2 or 22. Certified motors use a number of design details to improve their safety, including finer tolerances to reduce the likelihood of sparking and extended seals to reduce potential flame-paths. Exico supplies its Zone 1 ATEX motors using the name HEW and is also able to offer dual certification for Zones 2 & 22 in one enclosure.
IECEx (International Electrotechnical Commission, Explosive) also relates to the use of motors in potentially explosive atmospheres and is designed to facilitate international trade while maintaining safety levels. It is based on a single international database listing, which mitigates the need for testing and certification in a number of individual countries or regions.
ISO 9001: 2008 is a quality management system, based on principles set out by the International Standards Organisation (ISO). It enhances traceability of individual products and can make details of bespoke designs instantly available.
“Many of our end-users insist their suppliers are ISO 9001 certified,” says Lucie. “But its greatest value is that it ensures that we always maintain the utmost efficiency with our internal processes and thereby have ‘perfect information’ on every motor.”
From its base in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, Exico is focusing on OEMs and rewinders and aiming for high growth to achieve the ‘critical mass’ it feels it needs to become a powerful force in the industrial motors’ market. Part of this plan is to obtain approvals and certifications relevant to potential customers with specific needs and requirements, so that it is addressing the widest possible market.
“Having a certain size, range and presence means clients can be confident we will meet all their needs associated with motors and drive systems,” says Lucie. “We are looking for both geographic coverage and for representation in key sectors of industry.”
Exico is an expanding company that provides a worldwide service to its customers. There is already an installed base of Exico motors around Britain, which Lucie and her colleagues are keen to service and support while also developing new clients.
The EXICO electric motor and inverter brand is synonymous with quality and excellent customer service. The company prides itself on offering the best European quality at an affordable price and offers a full range of world class motors made in a modern production facility in the Czech Republic.
Exico UK also provides fully integrated bespoke drive packages for individual installations and is able to customise motors in house winding motors for non-standard voltages, shaft modifications, fitting of brakes and encoders, producing motors suitable for marine application and more. Its range includes high, medium and low voltage motors, ATEX and marine motors, single and three phase motors, inverters, gearboxes and a full range of accessories and ancillary equipment.
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