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    ATEX Cable Glands

    ATEX cable glands are specialised cable glands designed for use in environments where there is a potential risk of explosive atmospheres. The term "ATEX" stands for "ATmosphères EXplosibles," which refers to the European Union directive that regulates equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.

    Explosive atmospheres can be caused by the presence of flammable gases, vapors, mists, or combustible dust. In such environments, even a small spark or heat source could potentially trigger an explosion. ATEX cable glands are engineered to prevent the passage of sparks, flames, or hot gases from the external environment into the potentially explosive area, thus reducing the risk of ignition.

    What are the key features of ATEX cable glands

    Key features of ATEX cable glands include:

    • Sealing: ATEX cable glands have robust sealing mechanisms that prevent the migration of gases or dust from the hazardous environment to the inside of the enclosure. This helps maintain the integrity of the containment and prevent potential ignition sources from reaching the explosive atmosphere.
    • Flameproof Design: ATEX glands are designed to contain any potential explosions within the enclosure. If an explosion occurs inside the enclosure, the design of the gland is intended to minimize the transmission of the explosion to the external environment.
    • Material Selection: ATEX glands are often made from materials that are corrosion-resistant and compatible with the substances present in the specific hazardous environment. This prevents degradation of the gland and ensures long-term effectiveness.
    • Certification: ATEX cable glands must meet strict standards and regulations set forth by the ATEX directive. They undergo rigorous testing and certification processes to ensure their suitability for use in explosive atmospheres.
    • Variety of Types: ATEX cable glands come in various types to suit different cable types, sizes, and installation requirements. These can include armoured cables, non-armoured cables, different thread sizes, and more.
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