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Industrial Fans for Offshore Hazardous Areas

Given the corrosive and potentially hazardous nature of the environment, a number of variables need to be considered when selecting equipment and components for offshore applications. Fans within ventilation systems are no exception and can be found in various areas of an offshore platform, for example, compressor cooling enclosures, production platforms or gas turbine enclosures. These areas present varying degrees of hazard which the offshore fans must be suitable for. Two important variables for consideration include the need for ATEX (n...


ATEX Fume Extraction for Landfill Organic Waste

Landfill gas is a natural byproduct of the decomposition of organic materials which are put into landfill. The gas is composed of roughly 50% methane (CH4) and 50% carbon dioxide (CO2) and a small amount of non-methane organic compounds. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and is harmful to the environment. When organic waste is first deposited into landfill, it goes through the initial stages of decomposition where small amounts of methane are generated. As the conditions change during the subsequent stages of decomposition, an increase ...


Understanding ATEX Zones for Gas & Dust

This week we look at ATEX zones for gases and dust to dig a little deeper into ATEX understanding. 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. 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 manufacturing standards and ensures that people are protected against the risk that may be...


Industrial Fans For Food Processing & Manufacturing

The food processing industry is big business. With new processes, new packaging and more competition there’s added pressure on operations teams to implement the most efficient and cost effective method of manufacturing at every step in the production line. Like many industries, the food processing industry involves a huge array of processes connected to the final end product. Taking a raw material to a finished product ready to be shipped is an important part of manufacturing. This means that the highest standards of food hygiene must be a...


The New ATEX Directive 2016 | What You Need To Know

Since 1st July 2003, new equipment sold for hazardous area use in Europe must have complied with ATEX Directive 94/9/EC but as of 20th April, 2016, the new requirements for ATEX, concerning manufacturers of equipment used in explosive atmospheres, come into effect. This new directive supersedes the existing 94/9/EC edition. The Essential Health and Safety Requirements (EHSRs) are the same as in the old Directive (94/9/EC), so there aren’t any technical differences as far as products are concerned with a few exception (contact Axair for more i...


Our ATEX Knowledge Is Explosive…

The Axair team are well known for their technical expertise and knowledge of the Industry so we’re always eager to invest in the education and continuing professional development of each individual especially around important subjects including ATEX and Fan Engineering. With this commitment, we’re proud that our ATEX knowledge is greater than ever with four members of the Axair team being proficient in fans for explosive atmospheres and the legislation surrounding the subject. Axair offer both metal and plastic fans that are designed to ...


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...


Corrosion Resistant Fans – An Axair Guide

Plastic fans have come a long way from their origins as a somewhat  ‘home made’ product. The principal manufacturers, including our partner, SEAT Ventilation, are now offering powerful, low noise, low vibration products with very good mechanical isolation. Here, we offer an overview of the key principles and benefits of plastic centrifugal fans. Application Laboratory fume cupboards are by far the most popular application for corrosion resistant plastic fans. There are several other important applications such as the ventilation of fumes ...


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...