Germany: Separators Position Paper on Atex Directive Available

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

Following the replacement of Directive 94/9/EC by the Atex Directive 2014/34/EU, the position paper „Atex Directive — Filtering Separators“ serves as the basis for reliable evaluation of filtering separators. The position paper is now available as an online version in English.

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VDMA-Position Paper „Atex Directive – Filtering Separators“ – now available in an online version in English
VDMA-Position Paper „Atex Directive – Filtering Separators“ – now available in an online version in English
(Source: VDMA)

Frankfurt/Germany — In principle, the majority of filtering separators do not fall into the scope of the Directive 2014/34/EU. This also applies to filtering separators which are partially or completely intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres according to Atex Directive 1999/92/EC (operator’s directive).

Should the manufacturer’s risk assessment results indicate that a dangerous, potentially explosive mixture forms in some areas of the filtering separator, then that risk must be eliminated and/or a product chosen in accordance with Directive 2014/34/EU

Filtering separators which do not have a potential ignition source of their own may be used in potentially explosive areas. However, they are not subject to Directive 2014/34/EU and therefore may not bear an Atex marking.

The new publication refers only to the filtering separators and not the piping connected to them. Explosion decoupling measures to be installed in the piping are also subject to Directive 2014/34/EU and must comply with its regulations

Content of the position paper: separators, dust extraction systems, filter, filter equipment and filter systems.

You can download the position paper here.

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