ATEX Status of Kopar Equipment
ATEX directives apply to equipment intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, including electrical and mechanical equipment with an ignition source, protective systems and components of equipment and protective systems.
Kopar is currently allowed to use two different validations: Procedure for Acknowledgement of Receipt and Examination Certificate. We use Eurofins Expert Service Oy as an authority body for both validations.
Liabilities of the ATEX procedure
Eurofins Expert Services Oy is responsible for inspecting the certified product and its suitability for the application. They also primarily respond to any official survey of the certified product.
Customer needs to provide us with comprehensive information about the equipment and the process, including, e.g., explosion protection document.
Kopar, on the other hand, is responsible for ensuring that the equipment is designed, manufactured, installed, and commissioned in accordance with the initial data and the requirements mentioned in the explosion protection document.
ATEX 21/22 – Procedure for Acknowledgement of Receipt
Procedure for Acknowledgement of Receipt includes different documentations like:
- GA drawings
- risk assessment
- quality certificates
- technical specification
- functional description
- IOM Etc.
This procedure can be offered for a single piece of equipment, not a system.
Kopar currently has valid Acknowledgement of Receipt procedures for the following Kopar equipment:
- Roll crushers
- Pneumatic conveyors
- Cupola valves
- Screw conveyors
- Drag conveyors
- Rotary valves
- Belt elevators
- Screens – centrifugal shifter
We will add additional items to this list shortly.
ATEX 20/22 – Examination Procedure for Certificate of Conformity
Kopar currently has valid ATEX 20/22 Certificates for the following Kopar equipment:
- Pneumatic conveyors
- Cupola valve family – DN100, DN200 (DN300 in process)
- Discharge bottom
This process is substantially heavy and requires lots of additional time (3-4 months for each equipment). The cost estimate for each product is from 10 000 EUR up to 20 000 EUR.
Consequently, the ATEX 20 requirement is needed for the Kopar screw conveyors and the Kopar lance. We do have a partner with ATEX 20 rotary valves in our network.