Mechanical Inspection

Mechanical Ex Inspection and Assessment

Is Explosion Safety Important on your Site?

We hold accreditation mechanical (non-electrical) equipment inspection against the requirements of ISO/IEC 17020:2012 as a Type A inspection body in the field of Ex Inspections, as identified in International, European legislation. This accreditation ensures that Ex inspections undertaken by us, as part of the Explosion Protection Document (EPD) requirements of ATEX “User” Directive (DSEAR in the UK), satisfies the stated competence requirements of the Directive.

We issue fully accredited internationally recognised certificates for hazardous area Ex Non-Electrical Inspection and Ex Non-Electrical Repair Verification.

“Companies cannot afford to take chances with explosion safety, more than ever we are seeing enforcement and claims for non-compliant inspections with entire inspection teams being replaced on sites for not being competent. This is a perfect example of where companies should always be using a recognised accredited organisation for Inspection work as it would be extremely difficult to justify using an unaccredited body for such safety critical work’’

We are an ATEX Notified Body, IECEx Certification Body, CompEx Certification Provider and hold Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025, ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17021:2005 and ISO/IEC 17020:2012. ‘Type A’ accreditation provides evidence that the ‘Ex Inspection’ supplier has demonstrate their dedication to meeting the highest level of service, with the ability to deliver inspection & testing services, uninfluenced by commercial interests and/or operational influences. We are accredited to conduct and issue Certificates for Initial, Periodic Inspections of types Detailed, Close and Visual. We are also accredited to verify repairs to BS EN 60079-19 and to issue certificates as a ‘Certification Body’ for ATEX/IECEx rigs, skids and mobile/modular plant.  Our consultants are verified experts in the field of Ex Inspection & Installation as required by the ATEX/DSEAR Directive for EPD Sign off. We have extensive Professional and Public Liability Insurance specifically for Explosive Atmosphere Consultancy and inspection and have an extensive and impressive track record of successfully completed projects world-wide.

We have more internationally recognised accreditation in the field of ‘Ex’ non-electrical inspection and certification  than any other company worldwide.

Ex inspections require a method to view and analyse the inspection data to prioritise remedial actions and ensure repeating faults are prevented with root cause analysis.
When we conduct Ex or ATEX inspections we will collect data using our unique in-house developed software. The final database will be ‘free issued’ to customers or can be provided for export to other databases or as hard copy (PDF) records.

Assessment of ‘uncertified’ mechanical equipment  (MIRA)

All mechanical (non-electrical) equipment used in hazardous areas must be ‘risk assessed’ if it doesn’t have appropriate certification (for example, it may have been installed before the ATEX Directive required mechanical equipment to be certified). This Mechanical Ignition Risk Assessment (MIRA) can only be conduced by some who has suitable training and experience and must be fully documented in the site technical verification dossier (EN/IEC 60079-14). We are uniquely fully accredited to undertake this working being both a Inspection Body for EN/IEC60079-14 and UKAS/IECEx Certified to issue certificates against:

  • ISO 80079-36 Part 36: Non-electrical equipment for explosive atmospheres “ Basic method and requirements
  • ISO 80079-37 Part 37: Non-electrical equipment for explosive atmospheres “ Non electrical type of protection constructional safety, control of ignition source, liquid immersion.

Mechanical Ex Inspection methodologies

We use Zone 1/21 Certified Thermal Image Camera’s with a measurement range of -20°C to +600°C. This type of non-destructive measurement technology is unsurpassed for preventative maintenance and checking plant and equipment against EN1127-1 for ignition temperature detection and detecting failures ‘before they happen’ (constructional safety)


Generator Engine Exaust

In this example you can see that on a diesel generator (located in a hazardous area) the exhaust protection has failed, this was only discovered using thermal imaging which revealed ignition capable temperatures.

We use Zone 1/21 ATEX and IECEx Certified Non-Destructive Thickness Testers with a high accuracy +/- 0.05mm from 3mm up to 100mm even reading through painted surfaces. This technology is unsurpassed for preventative maintenance and checking plant and equipment against EN1127-1 and EN 13463 non-electrical protection concepts that rely on structural integrity.

thickness

  • Check Pipe and Tank Thickness (for internal Corrosion)
  • Ensure fixing parts remain strong to avoid impact and friction ignitions
  • Check Ex d enclosure thicknesses under installed conditions
  • Check oil filled (Ex o) or liquid protected (k) enclosures are not degrading

Confidence in our Mechanical Inspection Services

Our consultants are verified experts in the field of  ATEX and IECEx mechanical  certification and inspection. As we issue both ATEX and IECEx Certification for Mechanical Ex Equipment, we are true experts in the requirements for installing and maintaining such equipment, this level of skill is far beyond that gained on a training course, we are Notified and an IECEx CB  in non-electrical equipment certification.

We have Professional and Public Liability Insurance specifically for Explosive Atmosphere Consultancy and have an extensive and impressive track record of successfully completed projects.

We offer the most complete and highly accredited EX inspection service available, all at a very competitive firm cost. We can estimate for free, normally within 24 hours..

Please contact us for a quote for ATEX / IECEx Inspection & Installation services

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