Peabody, Mass. –Texas-based Professional Testing has gained IECEx Test Laboratory approval for equipment used in explosive atmospheres. TÜV SÜD America’s partner lab Professional Testing is a leading provider of EMC, product safety, reliability, environmental and hazardous location testing at two Texas locations in Round Rock and Austin. This new accreditation enables Professional Testing to locally test electrical products that are destined for potentially explosive (Ex) environments to applicable International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards. The IECEx accreditation will expand PTI’s local capabilities and further enhance the relationship with TÜV SÜD America in supporting global services.
Innovations in industrial automation drive new uses for electrical/electronic equipment and that equipment must be safe and suitably marked prior to use in a potentially hazardous location. Hazardous locations (explosive atmospheres) are found in many industries including coal mines, refineries, oil and gas wells, pipelines, chemical plants, paint shops, textile mills, grain elevators, automobile manufacturing and food producers. As manufacturers fight for improved speed and efficiency to gain market share they often find themselves using technology that could create a hazard if not properly tested and certified. As an accredited lab Professional Testing now offers a local testing solution, combined with the vast resources of partner TÜV SÜD America, to facilitate a faster market entry without sacrificing safety.
IECEx is a system that facilitates international trade in equipment and services for use in explosive atmospheres. It is a worldwide mandatory standard to ensure explosion proof equipment and systems are safe for use in countries that participate in the IECEx system. Similar, but specific to the European Union, the ATEX Directive is a mandatory legal framework that manufacturers of products follow to protect employees and property from explosion risk in potentially explosive areas. Global manufacturers need local service and assistance when faced with these regulatory requirements, but also need a partner that can speak in all languages of explosive atmosphere regulation from ATEX to IECEx.
“Hazardous location testing and certification is a key growth area for TÜV SÜD and our partner Professional Testing,” said Doug Hughes, Director of Sales and Business Development. “Reinforced by nearly five-year partnership Professional Testing and TÜV SÜD are both excited to be on the forefront of hazardous location approvals.”
For more information:
- Doug Hughes
- Director of Sales and Business Development
- TÜV SÜD
- Andrew Robbins
- Marketing Specialist
- TÜV SÜD