ATEX (EN/ISO 284)
In environments where dust created by the conveying of coal, grain, biomass, fertilizer or other potentially combustible elements is present, strict conformity to Directive 2014/34/EU should be regarded as an essential safety requirement. This is also known as ‘ATEX 95’ or ‘the ATEX Equipment Directive’ and is applicable to potentially explosive atmospheres of zones 20, 21 and 22 where combustible dust is present. The electrostatic dischargeability (anti-static) properties of the conveyor belt rubber cover (according to ISO 284 test methods) should not exceed the maximum resistance value of 300 MΩ.
DUNLOP SAFETY COMPLIANCE
Despite the claims of some manufacturers, not all rubber belts are sufficiently anti-static. However, because we genuinely put safety first, a major advantage of Dunlop “Made in Holland” rubber belt covers is that they are all fully anti-static (ATEX 94/9/EC) and conform to EN/ISO 284 international standards. This means that they can, therefore, be used in ATEX classified areas*.
(* It is important to note that it is not possible to obtain an ATEX certificate for a conveyor belt because belts are classified as a component. ATEX certification only applies to the whole conveyor. When sourcing conveyor belts for use in ATEX regulated areas it is very important to ask for a copy of a certificate provided by an appropriate independent testing authority such as the German Institute Dekra Exam GmBH.).
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