LABORATORY TESTING SERVICES
ExTC is an IECEx certified Testing Laboratory (ExTL) and performs explosive atmosphere product testing.
What is an IECEx Test Laboratory?
The IECEx System is the International Electrotechnical Commission System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres. The objective of the IECEx System is to facilitate international trade in equipment and services for use in explosive atmospheres.
To do so, IECEx require an assessment process to be successfully completed for a facility to be accepted as an ExTL. Ex Testing and Certification has completed this assessment.
In addition, ExTC has NATA ISO17025 accreditation for testing and certification.
What does this mean?
As a certified Test Lab, ExTC can issue an IECEx Test Report (ExTR) – the first step in gaining a Certificate of Conformity, certifying a product to be used in an Explosive Environment.
We offer explosive atmosphere testing of electrical equipment, non-electrical equipment and explosive tests on diesel engines for explosive atmospheres.
Our well established facility contains modern Ex testing equipment, and our testing and certifying personnel are experienced and well recognised in their field.
A simple and customer driven approach
Our experts provide you with an unmatched level of service – you talk to highly experienced and knowledgeable technical people who have an intimate knowledge of the explosion protection standards. They perform the testing themselves, provide independent reviews and assessments, write high quality and detailed reports.
The Testing Process
Understand the product and its use
Determine the applicable standards required
Decide the best conformity route and plan accordingly
Test and assess product – evaluate test reports and findings
Provide internationally recognised test report
Types of Tests Available
The various types of Ex protection cover a wide range of equipment and standards. Ex Testing and Certification can perform all of the testing in-house, to explosion protection techniques to be used in potentially explosive gas and dust atmospheres.
- Temperature rise tests (all protection types)
- Small component temperatures (Ex e, Ex i, Ex n)
- Thermal endurance (all protection types)
- Surface resistance (all protection types)
- Transferred charge test (all protection types)
- Measurement of capacitance (all protection types)
- Resistance to chemical agents for Group I equipment (all protection types)
- Impact and drop resistance (all protection types)
- Ingress protection (Ex e, h, i, m, n, q, t)
- Pull tests, glands and connectors (Ex d, e, h, i, n, m, t, op, q)
- Dielectric strength (Ex e, i, m, n, q)
- Battery tests (Ex d, e, i, m, n, q)
- Specific tests for Flameproof, Ex d (Reference Pressure, Over-Pressure, Flame erosion and non-transmission)
- Specific tests for Pressurisation, Ex p (flow rate, pressure, gas concentration)
- Specific tests for Intrinsic Safety, Ex i (spark testing)
- Specific tests for Encapsulation, Ex m (water absorption)
- Specific tests for Optical radiation, Ex op (irradiance)
- Specific assessments for non-electrical, Ex h (Ignition hazard assessments)
- Coal mining machinery and control systems
- Petrochemical processing plant machinery
- Fuel dispensers
- Portable and hand-held equipment used in explosive atmospheres