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IEC 60079-0

What is the standard?

International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the International Society of Automation (ISA) follow a common standard and contain identical requirements to the IEC 60079-0 standard. IEC 60079-0 standard relates to classifying electrical equipment stored in hazardous locations where fire or explosion hazards may exist due to flammable gases, flammable liquid–produced vapors, combustible liquid–produced vapors, combustible dusts, or ignitable fibers/flyings present in the air in quantities sufficient to produce explosive or ignitable mixtures. Relative to the application of our GRP enclosures, we comply to the surface resistance IEC-60079-0 Clause No.26.13 certifying our products are specially designed and tested to ensure it does not initiate an explosion, due to arcing contacts or high surface temperature.

How is it tested?

Our glass reinforced polyester laminate, the primary material across our product range, is placed in a controlled atmospheric environment and subjected to DC voltage of 500 volts for a specified duration of time and the electrical resistance is measured. The electrical resistance is considered acceptable below a value of 1 Giga ohms, the value to produce a spark strong enough or temperatures high enough to ignite a specified hazardous gas.

Where is it tested?

The GRP laminate is tested at an independent testing laboratory validated to carry out examinations stipulated by IEC standards. Our GRP enclosures are then classified to IEC-60079-0 Clause No.26.13 certifying them to be Anti-Static. Adherence to the standard is mandatory across the GCC region and globally.

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