Scoop: ATEX-certified iPhones and iPads for the petrochemical industry
For 25 years, Flash has been the preferred supplier of mission-critical communications networks and equipment at many refineries and petrochemical plants. The cooperation with Atexxo has been a great scoop for Flash, which now supplies industry-ready ATEX-certified iPhones and iPads. Atexxo is the only company in Europe to produce ATEX-certified Apple devices for use in ATEX zones at refineries and factories. Flash represents Atexxo in the Netherlands and Belgium and fulfils a long-held wish for many people in the industry.
Explosion-proof ATEX certification
Atexxo Manufacturing is an international company specialised in the design and production of explosion-proof products suitable for use in ATEX Zone 1 and Zone 2 (gas explosion hazard). Atexxo provides iPhones and iPads with a special case so they comply with the requirements for equipment for working in explosive environments. This adaptation consists, for example, of making the electrical charging circuit safe, or adapting the case so that a possible ignition source cannot pass outside the case.
Previously, it was only possible to have an iPhone or iPad made ATEX proof in the United States, which made it difficult to update the software afterwards. Additionally, the delivery time was extremely long. Atexxo’s solutions ensure that the devices comply with ATEX Zone I or Zone II certification and, thanks to Apple’s iOS system, the software is continuously updated in real time. This offers more options, making future applications easier to install on the devices.
A product with Dutch roots
Atexxo is a Dutch manufacturer and that’s a great advantage because it means short lines, fast delivery times and direct follow-up in case of a breakdown or defect reports. Flash offers the Atexxo iPhones and iPads both on a purchase basis and on a short and long-term rental basis. Daan van Tienhoven, engineer and owner of Atexxo: “We are the only manufacturer of explosion-proof iPhones and iPads in Europe. We supply most of our products to countries such as Norway and Germany, but also, for example, to Brazil and to all countries with a strong (petro)chemical industry. In Flash, we have found an excellent partner to position our products in Benelux. Flash has the same corporate culture, provides excellent service and the customer is always the focus, just like in our company. Our product sells itself because the software, hardware and ease of use are superior to those of the competition. Especially with regard to cybersecurity and protection against malware and other external threats, iOS is indispensable for the industry.”
ATEX iPad mini 5 Zone 1 and 2:
The Apple iPad mini 5 is new from Atexxo Manufacturing and is now suitable for use in hazardous locations. The explosion-proof iPads were originally manufactured by Apple, then converted and certified according to ATEX guidelines. This makes the iPads suitable for safe use in gas/vapour Zone 1 and/or Zone 2 hazardous locations.
ATEX iPhone 11 Zone 1 and 2:
The Apple iPhone 11 from Atexxo is now suitable for use in hazardous locations. The explosion-proof iPhones were originally manufactured by Apple, then converted and certified according to ATEX guidelines by Atexxo. This makes the telephones suitable for safe use in gas/vapour Zone 1 and/or Zone 2 hazardous locations.
Compliance with ATEX / EX regulations is achieved by adapting the case together with the intrinsically safe electrical circuit, making the phones suitable for safe use in hazardous locations. All characteristics of the original product are retained. Even the face scanner can be used safely in hazardous locations.
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