Extronics Making Hazardous Areas Safer

Extronics is a leading UK company specialising in the design and manufacture of a diverse range of intrinsically safe and explosion protected equipment.

We serve customers throughout the world working in potentially explosive environments, particularly those involved within the chemical industry.

Extronics product expertise falls into four clearly defined areas: wireless networks, hazardous area engineering, vision technologies and personnel and asset tracking.

Hazardous area engineering

The ATEX Directive has increased the demand for bespoke solutions in many areas of the chemical industry, which have applications where standard products on the market are not always suitable in their own right for the user’s requirements.

Extronics’ multidiscipline capability, matched with a high level of expertise and ingenuity, provides the diversity necessary to engineer solutions based upon the various concepts of protection for applications in the hazardous environment.

Extronics’ engineering expertise has enabled the creation of a range of innovative Ex d solutions which are available as standard items – dramatically reducing both lead time and production costs.

Ex d solutions – with a growing reputation for highly professional engineering excellence, Extronics is at the forefront of the hazardous area engineering market.

Whether the requirement is an explosion-proof or purged enclosure or a complex package of equipment, every Extronics solution comes with comprehensive documentation.

This will include regulatory documentation for ATEX, IECEx, FM etc., EC declarations of conformity, safety manuals and all of the mechanical drawings and documents produced during the project.

Recent growth has meant an expansion to a new HQ and production premises near Manchester in the north of England. The new facilities provide an ideal production environment and include a broad range of CNC, milling, drilling and associated machinery.

These enable Extronics to provide a comprehensive, flexible and responsive service for both standard and bespoke engineering requirements.

Wireless networks

The extreme environments found within the chemical industry pose considerable problems for wireless network functionality. In the last few years, Extronics has led the way in helping companies to unlock their data from hazardous areas via wireless technology.

Through innovative product development, technical design capability and technical partnerships with companies such as Cisco® and Aruba®, Extronics has become recognised as a leader in this particular field.

iSOLATE500 RF galvanic isolator – resulting from four years of research and development by Extronics, the iSOLATE500 is the world’s first apparatus certified intrinsically safe Radio Frequency galvanic isolator and is a major breakthrough in hazardous area wireless networking.

Featuring a unique galvanic isolation design, the unit blocks all possible faults, including hazardous transients, and makes any RF output intrinsically safe.

Fully certified for use in ATEX and IECEx Zone 0, the iSOLATE500 enables standard wireless equipment to be deployed in the vast majority of hazardous areas without the need for costly assessment by notified bodies.

Live connect / disconnect of standard antennas is now allowed and the whole process of deploying wireless networks in hazardous areas is made a far simpler, elegant and more cost-effective process.

Vision technologies

Extronics has developed considerable in providing ATEX approved vision solutions for hazardous areas.

This expertise includes the design and production of the world’s first intrinsically-safe digital cameras, the iCAM50x range, as well as innovative monitoring solutions, video monitors and HMIs.

iCAM100 – ATEX zone one CCTV camera – the iCAM100 is designed for use in zone one, 21 and zone two, 22 hazardous areas, where a method of surveillance is required and space is at a premium.

The camera is a perfect choice for use as part of a CCTV system, or just for single point monitoring of a process operation with a local hazardous area video monitor.

The iCAM100’s design means it is suitable for use in zone one, 21 and zone two, 22 environments, also suitable for use in harsh environments with its IP65 ingress protection, 316L stainless steel and GRP construction.

iCAM502 – intrinsically safe camera – The latest addition to the award winning iCAM50x range, the iCAM502 is a zone zero ATEX and IECEx rated and class one div one rated hazardous area camera.

Lightweight and highly portable, the auto-focus lens allows crystal-clear images to be taken from as close as five centimetres. This makes the iCAM502 ideal for taking pictures of rating plates, close-ups of wiring cabinets etc.

Personnel and asset tracking

Through substantial investment in R&D and technical skills together with extensive wireless network experience, Extronics has developed a range of tracking solutions.

These cover complete personnel mustering and location systems to low cost RFID tags for tracking assets.

Passive RFID asset tracking – one of the major problems with using RFID on chemical plants has been the poor performance of tags when near metals or liquids.

The iTAG500 range from Extronics has a unique plasmonic structure which overcomes these issues.

Additionally, as they are UHF tags, the read range of the iTAG500 range is up to 35m. Fully certified by ATEX, IECEx and FM, the iTAG500 is a complete low cost, high performance range of tags, designed specifically for hazardous process areas.

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