Holistic solutions for European Hazardous Locations The ATEX directive refers to two European Directives for controlling explosive atmospheres and describes the equipment and work environment permitted in a potentially explosive atmosphere. The ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU brought changes – primarily the need for a new EU-type examination certificate, new instructions and a new Declaration/Attestation of Conformity referencing the new directive, and traceability requirements. Additional details on ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU can be found here. UL is a Notified Body for ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU and can issue the certifications you need to sell products throughout the EU. While the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU does not address cybersecurity in the hazardous location (HazLoc) / explosive environment space, at UL, we strive to take a holistic approach to assessing risks in these high-risk environments by focusing on equipment safety while also developing testing solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) as it relates to industrial control systems (ICS). Though manufacturing is increasingly leaning toward a more connected world, including smart manufacturing and adaptive production, the HazLoc industry remains wary due to the inherent risks associated with these environments. For example, if system access is gained maliciously, safety protocols could be overridden or disabled, leading to…
New UL App provides installation principles applicable to explosive atmospheres for the Hazardous Locations industry.
Today’s market is more global than ever. Whatever products you manufacture, chances are there’s a global market for them and expansion into that market presents massive growth potential; however, crossing borders, whether close to home or halfway around the world, presents multiple challenges and it’s helpful to know what to expect to avoid surprises, unforeseen costs and/or a delayed product launch. 1 Learn the Language Working in the local language might not always be necessary, but it’s helpful. It’s also a great way to make a first impression. Of course, it’s impractical to try and learn a language just to launch a product. Having a local guide or a contact with local language skills can help ease the process. 2 Learn the Other Language Spoken language is one thing, but a country’s or region’s technical language (e.g. certifications and testing requirements) is something else entirely. Even if you have all required testing for your current markets, you might not have everything you need to enter a new country or region. With some countries joining together to help reduce the number of different requirements and marks, this process is becoming easier, but deciding exactly what you need to ensure your product…
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