Avery Weigh-Tronix launches ATEX compliant weighbridge for hazardous areas
- 12 December 2006
- Product News
Avery Weigh-Tronix has launched an ATEX compliant weighbridge for use in hazardous areas. The weighbridges can be used in zone 1 and 2 areas.
Comments product manager, Larry Behrens: "Although the areas above a weighbridge deck are generally well ventilated, this is not always the case in areas below the deck, particularly for pit-mounted weighbridges. Dust can congregate and gases and fumes are often heavier than air and will sink into these areas causing a potentially explosive atmosphere."
The company provides a full design, installation and maintenance service for weighbridges operating in hazardous areas. A retrofit service is also available for existing Avery Weigh-Tronix weighbridges that need to meet the new regulations.
Behrens continues: "ATEX regulations now cover ignition sources from non-electrical sources, such as sparks from contact between metals. Weighbridges are constructed from mild steel, so this can be a potential hazard. Above the deck level good working practice, such as ensuring good ventilation, controlling the speed of a vehicle mounting the deck and not using metal tools can help meet the regulations. Areas below the deck have been redesigned."
The new weighbridge uses a fully ATEX compliant analogue load cell. In addition, the deck now uses stainless steel metal stops for the deck to prevent any chance of a spark being produced. All the electronics, such as indicators, used with the bridge are also fully compliant.
Avery Weigh-Tronix is also the only UK supplier of pre-stressed, precast concrete weighbridges - an alternative solution for applications operating in potentially explosive atmospheres.
Fir further information about the company's ATEX weighbridges contact: Avery Weigh-Tronix, Foundry Lane, Smethwick, West Midlands, B66 2LP. Telephone 0870 90 50061.