Certified IECEx Assemblies to IEC TS 60079-46
As of January 1st 2020 all IECEx Assembly Certification must be to IEC TS 60079-46 which covers both electrical a and non-electrical ignition hazards.
IECEx Certification provides “proof of compliance” with safety standards for Assemblies of Ex products that come together in the form of functioning equipment. The IECEx Certificate to IEC TS 60079-46 provides evidence that all ignition hazards (electrical and non electrical) have been suitably addressed and that the installation is of the required standard.
The final assembly will be marked with a single marking covering the complete assembly or skid including the symbol “Ex” and any important information regarding the safe use of the assembly.
ExVeritas can issue full IECEx Certification, we have a team of experts in both IECEx Certification (as we are an IECEx Certification Body and Test Laboratory) and a team of experts that deal with site and assemblies, having in depth experience of area classification and electrical installation. Unit Verification is based on installation to IEC 60079-14, we are not just qualified and UKAS accredited to 60079-14, we are the leading certification experts in that field (and teach and qualify people to that Standard internationally at our recognised training centres)
ExVeritas were one of the very first companies to add IEC TS 60079-46 to ur IECEx CB Scope and it is an area we specialise in, we also offer full training on designing and certifying assemblies and non-electrical equipment.
IECEx Assemblies to IEC TS 60079-46
IEC TS 60079-46 is a new technical specification for the certification of ‘Assemblies’ that has been adopted by IECEx as a certification standard for issuing IECEx Certificates of Conformity.
IEC TS 60079-46 defines an equipment assembly as a ‘pre-manufactured combination of Ex equipment, together with other parts as necessary, that are electrically or mechanically interconnected and that are pre-assembled prior to being placed into service at the end-user site, and that can be disassembled and then re-assembled at the end user site’
For equipment assemblies subjected to Type Verification, the manufacturing process and the competency of the related personnel shall conform to ISO/IEC 80079-34. The assembler is to have an IECEx Quality Assurance Registration (QAR) in place listing IEC TS 60079-46. For equipment assemblies subjected to Unit Verification the competency of the personnel performing the production processes is substantiated by the certification body (CB), the CB shall have evidence of personnel competency through an independent party or system; for example, a suitable CompEx qualification.
The certification covers both the Ex Electrical and Non-electrical items and the interconnection wiring system. The Ignition hazard assessment covers all explosion ignition related hazards and the inspection and assessment to IEC 60079-14. When these are deemed compliant, the ‘Assembly’ can be marked with “60079-46” as the type of protection with the overall gas group and temperature classification, EPL and ambient temperature range.
For further detail on IECEx Assemblies, Skids and Rigs certification, please contact us.