Apr 25 2013 12:00 AMLaboratory Products

Laboratory Refrigeration Range Awarded ATEX Approval

Lec Medical is delighted to announce ATEX approval across its new range of spark-free refrigeration and freezers for laboratories. In accordance with directive 94/9/EC, all Lec’s latest lab products now come complete with Zone 2, Category 3 ATEX certification. This not only guarantees the absence of ignition sources, it fulfils the safety requirements for explosion-prone areas such as the internal refrigeration chamber.

As well as certifying that Lec’s products are safe to operate within certain zones and are spark-free, the demanding ATEX 94/9EG confirms that all electronic components are intrinsically safe, there is structural safety for all non-electrical components and energy restriction of the power circuits on the interior, and that temperature sensors are protected by safety barriers. The refrigerator interior is not opened to the outside and material combinations on the inside are non-combustible. The interiors of all Lec’s ATEX approved products now feature the marking: II 3 G c ic IIB T6 X.

Lec Medical’s lab products all feature an advanced precision controller that shows the internal air temperature to 0.1⁰C for improved functionality and accuracy. Capable of displaying air and simulated load temperature readings to one decimal place via the external digital LED display. The new digital controller can also be locked for added security and is easy to wipe clean.

The ATEX approved models also incorporate R600a refrigerant for improved energy efficiency and lower running costs. Likewise, these models also have zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and a negligible global warming potential (GWP) of 3. R600a uses 45% less energy than comparable systems using the less environmentally friendly R134a refrigerant to obtain the same performance.

These models also feature a unique antimicrobial handle for improved hygiene. Designed to inhibit microbial growth, this special handle is wash-resistant and durable enough for everyday use in busy laboratories.

All models also feature a sturdy, robust design and smaller 845mm high under counter models have been introduced specifically to meet the needs of most laboratory environments. Roller castors on the rear of all models also come as standard for easier moving and cleaning.

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