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Article archive for IECEx;

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The pros and cons of digitalisation 03 June 2019

I must confess that I am not totally convinced of all the supposed blessings of digitalisation. During my professional career, I have visited many manufacturers in many different industries all over the world and most of those with the highest levels of automation continue to employ significant numbers of manual workers, whether in production, transport or logistics....

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The TC31 CAG Meetings 01 May 2019

In between the more formal plenary meetings of IEC TC31, the Chairman’s Advisory Group (CAG) meets as an assembly of all the convenors of standard Maintenance Teams (MTs), Project Teams (PTs) and Working Groups (WGs), in order to keep everyone informed about what is happening in the other teams, as well as to make recommendations to the chairman for the future development of the work.  ...

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Brexit and the future 20 February 2019

At the moment, manufacturers and their clients in the European Union (still including the UK) are very confused about the future validity of ATEX certificates issued by UK Notified Bodies. Despite the fact that all big UK Notified Bodies are in very close communication with their European customers and are trying hard to provide acceptable solutions, there is still uncertainty and nobody knows what problems will have to be faced in the coming months and years....

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IECEx Certification Program of service facilities gets up to speed 15 December 2018

Compared with the success of the IECEx Certified Equipment Program and the Personal Competency Certification program, the IECEx Service Facility Certification (SFC) has seen modest development over the last few years. That situation is now changing! ...

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Competence in Hazardous Areas – How the IECEx System can Help 19 November 2018

Investigations show that the overwhelming majority of accidents in hazardous areas are caused by a lack of competence, of clear responsibilities and of commitment. In the presentation, this statement will be illustrated by current accidents in European process plants and I will show how a third-party certification system such as that provided by IECEx can help....

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On the French Riviera 25 October 2018

IECEx met at Mandelieu, just outside Cannes, in September, for the annual meetings of ExTAG and ExMC.  I will restrict my notes to the ExTAG meeting, where the various Certification Bodies and Testing Laboratories in the system get together to agree technical policy....

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The Proficiency Test Program for ExTLs - a key trust-builder within the IECEx system 28 September 2018

One of the most frequently asked question at IECEx conferences and similar events is for the difference between ATEX and IECEx. No worries – I don`t want to give a lecture about this topic now. It is not so obviously but there are many differences. For interested readers I can recommend the IECEx 01A – Guide: “An Informative Guide comparing various elements of both IECEx and ATEX” which can be downloaded from the IECEx website under Publications....

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Electrical and non-electrical equipment 02 August 2018

Last week I attended an international conference in Barcelona. The event was about safety solutions and, among other topics, it also dealt with hazardous areas. For me, as the IECEx Chair, there were many interesting conversations with end users, solution providers and certification bodies. It was very positive to see that the international acceptance and reputation of our system is continuously growing. ...

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Spring in Split, summer in Jakarta 06 June 2018

After a long hard winter, Europeans are welcoming the spring and a perfect location to be at this time is definitely Croatia! The organisers of the 2018 spring meeting of IEC Committee TC31 came to the same conclusion and our colleagues from that country have been so kind to organise a two week series of meetings for the different Maintenance Teams, Working Groups and Sub Committees in the beautiful city of Split. ...

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The Role of IECEx ExTAG Decision Sheets 10 May 2018

In my previous article (Hazardex March 2018) I highlighted the role of European Notified Bodies in providing common interpretations of procedures relating to ATEX certification by issuing “Clarification Sheets”.  I also alluded to the IECEx having a similar system of issuing “Decision Sheets”.  ...