The World's First ATEX Certified Infrared Sightglasses and Windows

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The use of Infrared (IR) Sightglasses and Windows is an industry accepted & estalished method of infrared inspection of energise electrical equipment. Using an ATEX Certified IR Sightglass it is now possible to scan electrical equipment WITHIN a Zone 1 or Zone 2 hazardous area.

The Ex-PORT range from Hawk IR has been certified for use in Zone 1 and Zone 2 hazardous areas. The Ex-PORT is understood to be the first of its kind to get such certification, confirming Hawk IR's status as a world leader in electrical thermography.

Permanently installed into electrical equipment, the Ex-PORT enables thermographers to assess and monitor live components located within an electrically hazardous area in a safe and reliable fashion without removing covers or doors. Hawk IR has inflicted upon the Ex-PORT range an extensive series of rigorous tests, including impact and accelerated aging, all in strict accordance with industry guidelines and regulatory specifications, and has come up with a device that is impressively robust while remaining simply to use. Thanks to the hazardous area certification, the Ex-PORT is cost-efficient for electrical plant operations across the globe. The Ex-PORT fully complies with the most recent ATEX Directives to ensure conformity with the recognised, harmonised standards relating to the use of electrical equipment in potentially explosive atmospheres.

The design of the product is neat and simple. It has been specifically developed in line with a range of end-user workflows to suit a wealth of industry scenarios. Ex-PORT revolutionises standard safety practices in a whole host of industries, but is particularly pertinent to the high-pressure demands and rigorous safety checks within the oil and gas, offshore and mining sectors. The Ex-PORT devices are robust and simple to install, giving operators an tool that is quick and easy to use, regardless of which IR camera is being deployed.

Heralding a new era for infrared technology, it is the first of its kind; right now, Hawk IR International believes there is simply no product that can match the Ex-PORT's ATEX-certified status.

Hawk IR International Sales Director, Tony Holliday, concludes: 'The Ex-PORT product line is a logical extension from the current Hawk IR Sightglass range and is a true world-first, enabling the infrared thermographers to safely expand into hazardous areas without the need for permits or 'half-measures' previously available. 'When coupled with the Hawk Ex-CAM ATEX IR Camera system [due to be launched in the UK in March 2006], there will be virtually no areas that an infrared programme cannot cover'

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