CLEVELAND, OHIO, Jun 04, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) —
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CSA Group, a leading standards development organization and a global
provider of product testing and certification services announces a
new automated explosive atmospheres laboratory located in its
Cleveland, Ohio facility. The new laboratory is equipped to provide
full-service explosion-proof and flameproof testing to the applicable
requirements of Canadian, U.S., IECEx, and ATEX standards.

“This expansion and multiple accreditations greatly expands CSA
Group’s capabilities as a global leader of testing services for
products being used in explosive atmospheres and hazardous locations
such as the oil and gas and mining industries,” says Richard Weiser,
Vice President, U.S. and Mexico Region, CSA Group. “With dedicated
and accredited testing laboratories in Canada, the United Kingdom and
the United States, CSA Group has increased its capacity to meet the
growing needs of global clients seeking these highly specialized and
sophisticated explosive atmosphere testing services.”

The new facility is designed so that explosive atmospheres are
replicated on a small scale in a controlled laboratory testing
environment in a specially constructed test chamber. This limits
danger to personnel and risk to the surrounding structures or
community. It can rapidly test manufacturer’s model sizes from
several cubic centimeters to hundreds of cubic liters in volume, and
equipment with ambient temperature operating ranges from -80 degrees
C to +180 degrees C. This facility can accommodate testing of
explosionproof/flameproof switches, circuit breakers, motors, and
other equipment while under power.

The facility is also equipped with specialized high speed video
equipment to capture slow motion analysis of flame propagation test
failures, allowing manufacturers to pinpoint the exact location of
initial flame-front penetration, potentially saving many hours of
additional investigative testing and exploratory redesign.
Additionally, the laboratory is equipped to provide Intrinsically
Safe and Nonincendive spark ignition testing, thermal ignition
testing, nonincendive component testing, chemical compatibility
testing, testing of IP and other enclosure ratings, all types of
electrical testing and a full suite of materials evaluation tests to
the applicable requirements of Canadian, US, IECEx, and ATEX
Hazardous Locations standards.

The Equipment and Protective systems intended for use in Potentially
Explosive Atmospheres (ATEX) Directive 94/9/EC provides the technical
requirements to be applied and the relevant conformity assessment
procedures before placing this equipment on the European market.
These requirements are given technical expression by “Harmonised
Standards”, developed by the European Standardisation Organisations:
CEN (for non-electrical equipment) and CENELEC (for electrical
equipment) and published by the European Commission in the Official
Journal of the European Union (OJEU).(1)

IECEx refers to the International Electrotechnical Commission System
for Certification to Standards relating to Equipment for use in
Explosive Atmospheres. The objective of the IECEx System is to
facilitate international trade in equipment and services for use in
explosive atmospheres, while maintaining the required level of
safety. This IECEx Mark of Conformity is granted by accredited IECEx
Certification Bodies (ExCBs) located in IECEx participating
countries. An IECEx Certificate of Conformity is evidence that a
product meets all applicable construction, performance, and marking
requirements, and is manufactured under systems that are under
ongoing surveillance by ExCBs.(2)

For comprehensive testing and certification services information for
the new Cleveland explosives atmosphere testing laboratory, contact
Peter Schimmoeller, Manager, Hazardous Locations, CSA Group at
[email protected] or telephone 216-524-4990 Ext: 88258.
For a detailed services quote, email [email protected]

About CSA Group

CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit membership association
dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. Its knowledge
and expertise encompass standards development; training and advisory
solutions; global testing and certification services across key
business areas including hazardous locations and industrial, plumbing
and construction, medical, safety and technology, appliances and gas,
alternative energy, lighting and sustainability; as well as consumer
product evaluation services. The CSA certification mark appears on
billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group



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