VAC-U-MAX (Belleville, NJ) announces ATEX Certification for three of its compressed-air-powered (non-electrical) industrial vacuum cleaning systems for use in explosion-hazard environments. ATEX Certification requires a third-party review and full testing of VAC-U-MAX equipment, not just the design paperwork. The testing organization, Intertek, is a Nationally Recognized Testing Lab (NRTL) as designated by OSHA.
“This is a key factor because some organizations are touting ATEX Certification, but their NRTL is not recognized by OSHA” says David Kennedy, Director of Business Development for VAC-U-MAX. “If you are not recognized as an OSHA NRTL, your equipment does not meet the requirements for their Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program.” Successful testing resulted in a “Type Examination Certificate” in accordance with the latest revision of the EN ISO 80079-36 and EN ISO 80079-37.
VAC-U-MAX received ATEX approval for three product ranges of compressed-air-powered vacuums: the CD SeriesTM for Combustible Dusts, FL SeriesTM for Flammable Liquids and SR SeriesTM for Submerged Recovery applications such as reactive metal powders from 3-D printing and explosives used in ordnance production. VAC-U-MAX is a UL-certified designer and builder of control panels. Where UL standards exist, VAC-U-MAX is in compliance. ATEX certification was a necessity as UL did not have a standard for non-electrical equipment in explosion-hazard environments.