Professional radio transceivers provide essential communications on sites where there is a potentially explosive atmosphere owing to relatively high concentrations of gas or dust that can be ignited. This includes oil refineries, gas and chemical plants, sewage treatment plants, landfills, spray painting facilities, biogas plants, pharmaceutical factories, flour mills, timber and metalworking facilities, quarries and mines. A general-purpose radio can ignite an explosive atmosphere, so employers and their employees require radios that are specially engineered to eliminate such risks.
“ATEX” refers to EU Directive 94/9/EC. It applies to both electrical and non-electrical devices, machinery and equipment intended for use in environments where flammable liquids, vapours, gases or combustible dusts are likely to occur in quantities sufficient to cause a fire or explosion. It is also stipulates strict quality control procedures – covering every stage from design through to sales – to be implemented by the equipment manufacturer. In the process of acquiring ATEX/IECEx certification, Kenwood was subject to stringent factory inspections to confirm that it maintains advanced QC procedures in accordance with its ISO 9000 certification for quality assurance management.
Whereas the ATEX directive applies only to EU member states and EFTA countries, IECEx certification for equipment to be used in explosive (Ex) atmospheres is one of the IEC schemes aimed at worldwide standardization.
For all-round safety, the accessories available for use with these radios (battery pack, antennas, belt clip and leather case) are also ATEX and IECEx compliant.
Our current ATEX radios are certified for the following ATEX classes:
- Dust: II 2D Ex tD ibD A21 IP6x T110°C