From terminal and junction boxes to control stations, control and distribution panels, and purge and pressurization systems—with the right enclosures for hazardous areas, you’re ready for anything. It all starts with strategic planning. Proper preparation is the first step for safe, productive process automation.
There are three key considerations to keep in mind when installing an enclosure in an environment which requires industrial explosion protection.
- Layout – Advance planning ensures you’ll have a winning solution in the end.
- Location – Be sure to give your enclosure and the surrounding area enough space for current everyday use and future growth.
- Safety – Keep your control hardware running at its best to protect people and processes.
Good, solid design principles ensure efficiency right from the beginning and keep you on the right track, making improvements easier to implement and freeing you up for success. Recently, I came across an article that deals with this topic. It explores the kinds of questions you need to ask before installing an enclosure for applications requiring explosion protection.
Does the size of the enclosure take into account the demands of everyday operation, maintenance, and possible expansion? How and where will the enclosure be mounted? How well suited is the enclosure for its particular hazardous environment?
Learn more about how you can best integrate an enclosure by reading the article called “Design basics of control enclosures in machines, automation and industry” by Dave Perkon, technical editor on the Control Design website.
In his article, Mr. Perkon mentions the hazardous location as one of the areas in which enclosures are typically used. At Pepperl+Fuchs, providing enclosures for hazardous locations is one of our areas of expertise. When speaking specifically about enclosures for hazardous locations, in addition to the considerations already mentioned, it becomes important to take a more in-depth look at details such as certification, heat, arc/spark, and other explosion-relevant criteria.