- Operational flexibility despite regulatory requirements/high degree of flexibility for entire tool fleet from 6" to 56"
- Compliant with the requirement of the POF specification 2009 – consideration of non-atmospheric conditions
- Possible multi- and single-body tool configurations and customization, defined by customer & pipeline requirements
An explosive atmosphere is a mix of flammable substances in the form of gas, vapor, mist or dust mixed with oxygen under atmospheric conditions; in which, once ignited spreads to the entire unburned mixture.
In the European Union, ATEX is defined by two main directives: 94/9/EC, known as ATEX 95, and 1999/92/EC, known as ATEX 137. 94/9/EC defines requirements and guidelines applicable to equipment intended to be operated in explosion hazard zones. 1999/92/EC is applicable for operators and defines measures and guidelines aimed at ensuring safety and health integrity while operating in areas with potentially explosive atmospheres.
The need to have guidelines to ensure health and safety while working in hazardous environments initiated back in the 1920’s driven by mining and the emerging chemical industry. Equipment manufacturers have the obligation to ensure their products are never the source of ignition while operated in hazardous environments. One method to achieving this objective is by avoiding any possible contact between the explosive atmosphere and potential sources of ignition within the equipment. Different guidelines apply to electrical and non-electrical equipment.
In the EU, ATEX is enforced via CE certification. Worldwide the norm IECEx System, defined by IEC, is the best approximation to ATEX; however this norm is not obligatory character. In USA the norm NEC 505 is compatible with ATEX regarding equipment classification. ROSEN equipment follows not only guidelines defined by ATEX 95 but also guidelines defined by POF (Pipeline Operators Forum). ROSEN equipment has been certified for working under potentially explosive nonatmospheric conditions.
Operators are also required to apply measures in order to comply with the ATEX directive 1999/92/EC. ATEX zones need to be identified and classified and all personnel must be properly trained and certified. While the operation takes place within the premises marked as ATEX zones, the operator is responsible for its personnel and that of subcontractors. All equipment, materials and accessories have to be ATEX certified to be allowed to operate within the ATEX zone.
ROSEN production quality assurance is certified according to EN 13980, which allows for manufacturing and assembly of equipment with pressurized bodies and intrinsic safety. ROSEN has a team of qualified experts responsible for handling, documenting and maintaining ATEX relevant equipment and components.
Our commitment to a safe working environment is demonstrated by the extensive fleet of ILI tools matching the above mentioned requirements.
By using a modular approach ROSEN ATEX-compliant ILI tools remain as flexible as the standard tools. We combine state of the art technology already available with ATEX required features, resulting in an ILI tool which is not only as technologically advanced as the standard fleet, but is also fully compliant with ATEX 95 directives. To ensure proper handling, ROSEN also manufactures all required accessories, such as tool status monitoring units, ATEX certified cups and discs, launching/receiving units, etc. allowing our personnel and our clients to maintain a safe working environment under full compliance with ATEX directives.