Understanding ATEX Zones for Gas & Dust

In this article we look at important ATEX zones for gases and dust to dig a little deeper into understanding how we go about ATEX Fan selection. If you are not sure whether you need an explosion proof ATEX fan or need to know the ATEX zone in which your application is classified, please consult an official authority in your country.   What is ATEX   ATEX is an acronym derived from the words “Atmospheres Explosibles” and forms part of a European equipment directive known as ATEX 2014-34 EU. The directive covers manufacturin...


Let’s Clear The Air At HMS Belfast

With fire safety a key consideration in the design of car parks, smoke control systems are extremely important as a method of protection. With this in mind, and as lead UK distributor for Spanish engineering company Sodeca, Axair Fans, based in Staffordshire, have partnered with the company to provide a CIBSE accredited insight into the latest innovative design concepts for emergency smoke extraction, escape route pressurisation and car park ventilation. Their mechanical smoke ventilation seminar held at HMS Belfast in London on Thursday 17th ...


Axair Fans Defend Famous English Warship from Latest Assault

The new Mary Rose Museum opened in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on 31st May 2013, thirty one years since the historic warship was raised from the bed of the Solent.  The purpose-built museum was specially designed to give visitors a first-hand experience of the ship’s interior and the fascinating Tudor artefacts which have been reunited with the hull. Conservation of the hull and the recovered artefacts has been on-going since the recovery of the ship in 1982. The recovered starboard hull was first treated with a spray solution of polyeth...


Reliable & Robust Dust Extraction Systems

Many industrial and manufacturing processes can produce hazardous airborne particles which need to be extracted away in order to protect the working environment and any susceptible personnel. Axair can supply a range of fans by Sodeca that can be utilised in local extract or multi-point ducted systems to remove these particles safely and efficiently. Sodeca’s CMT, CMAT and CMR centrifugal fans are highly effective at transporting dust and other similar solids due to the configuration of their impeller blades, which aid the passage of parti...


ATEX 2014/34/EU – the Key Changes from 94/9/EC

Trying to understand the existing ATEX regulations can be a challenging process for many, so the arrival of an update to the legislation may not exactly be met with open arms. The ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU (known as the ATEX "Product" Directive by many) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on March 29th, 2014 and will replaced ATEX 94/9/EC. 2014/34/EU relates to the supply of equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres, the directive is part of a New Legislative Framework (NLF) which also covers a variety of...


Get ready for ErP

The new ErP (Energy Related Products) is coming on the 1st of January 2013, are your fans compliant? Axair Fans UK Limited Marketing Manager Fabien Carbonell explains. [caption id="attachment_4357" align="alignleft" width="300"] Energy Related Product ERP[/caption] The European Union has defined the 20-20-20 target, with the aim to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions by 20% and increase the share of renewable energies by 20%, by 2020. The new ErP Directive implements requirements for fans driven by motors with an electric input...