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The start of the IECEx season 03 October 2017

Every year at the beginning of August, email traffic and telephone calls inside the IECEx community and the number of working group and national committee meetings rises sharply. This is a good indication that the IECEx Management Committee (MC) meeting and other major annual events will be upon us soon. In 2017, the IECEx MC will take place in Washington DC. ...

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IECEx at the Hazardex 2017 Conference 08 March 2017

In the first week of March I had the opportunity to give a speech at the annual Hazardex conference in Runcorn, northern England. My impressions of this conference were very positive and I got the feeling that there was great interest in the IECEx system and its structures and procedures. ...

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IECEx: Certified Equipment Scheme 20 January 2017

One of the most important benefits of the IECEx Certified Equipment Scheme is the global availability of safety products for hazardous areas with a certificate issued by a recognized competent certification body. This creates a certain amount of flexibility, which is very important both for internationally acting manufacturers and end customers....

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Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold reconfirmed as Chairman of international certification system IECEx 21 December 2016

At this year’s meeting of the Management Committee of IECEx in South Africa, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, Vice President Strategy and Technology of R. STAHL, was proposed for election as chairman for a second term from 2017 until the end of 2019, with all 33 member states supporting his continuation in office. During the October general meeting of the IEC in Frankfurt, this proposal was confirmed....

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IECEx: A busy few months 15 November 2016

In September and October I had a very busy schedule. The month started with a trip to Umhlanga in South Africa where the annual IECEx Management Committee Meeting took place. More than 120 delegates and observers from 30 countries came together and took some important decisions for the future development of the System. ...

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Hazardex 2017 Conference - An overview of the IECEx System for 2017 03 November 2016

During the 20 years of its existence, the IECEx system has become an increasingly important element in the international trade of products and services for hazardous areas. At the beginning of that period almost every country has had its own regulations - doing business internationally meant an endless repetition of the same tests and bureaucratic procedures to gain different national certificates. ...

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Brexit and the hazardous area market 15 July 2016

In these days it is almost impossible to write a column in an international magazine published in London without a reflection about Brexit. For me as a German European with a wife from a Baltic country and with two adult daughters, one of them living and working in London, this event has a special relevance for our private lives. But also our business lives will be affected by the vote of the British people to leave the EU....

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IECEx: Ensuring global quality control and consistency 16 June 2016

The heart of the IECEx system is the certified equipment scheme. With more than 22,000 Certificates of Conformity (CoC) and almost the same number of Ex Test Reports (ExTR), the IECEx certified equipment scheme together with the European ATEX directive are the two dominant certification schemes for explosion protected equipment in the world. ...

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IECEx: a view from the chair (11) 21 March 2016

On a visit to Japan, IECEx chairman Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold considers the impressive performance of the country's bullet trains and compares them to the IECEx system which he thinks has similar strengths, most notably the focus on staff competence. ...

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IECEx: a view from the chair (10) 03 February 2016

IECEx chairman Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold says one of the unique benefits of the IECEx system is the worldwide 24/7 availability of IECEx Certificates of Conformity.  Here, he explains how the system works....