Our partners Tornado Spectral Systems, has announced that it has received ATEX and IECEx certification for its OPIS 35 laser accessory.  The certification is in accordance to the IEC 60079 standard and authorises the HyperFlux™ PRO Plus Raman analyser for operation in ATEX Zone 0 when both products are used together.

In the certified configuration, the OPIS 35 and HyperFlux™ PRO Plus are placed in a safe location with fiber optic interconnections to the Raman probe in the hazardous location. The OPIS 35 regulates the HyperFlux™ PRO Plus laser output to guarantee that no greater than 35mW of laser power can enter the hazardous location.  In accordance with Class 3B laser regulation, the OPIS 35 provides ATEX/IECEx certified signalling to facilitate remote emergency laser shutdown and laser status indication.

“With OPIS 35, our users are now able to conduct process monitoring in an Ex regulated facility,” states Scott Baker, Chief Executive Officer of Tornado.  “The HyperFlux™ PRO Plus analyser’s 10x advantage in optical efficiency makes high precision measurements at 35mW laser power possible, and now our inherently safe laser source alleviates the pain of complex and expensive system-level safety protocols.  As far as we know, Tornado is the first in the industry to provide such a solution,” he continued.

Founded in 2013, Tornado Spectral Systems designs, manufactures, and sells chemical analysis systems based on Raman spectroscopy.  Bolstered by its patented High Throughput Virtual Slit (HTVS) technology, Tornado’s HyperFlux spectrometers deliver significantly enhanced photon collection power.  HTVS eliminates the physical slit of a conventional spectrometer and avoids signal losses while maintaining high spectral resolution, allowing for faster measurements and lower detection limits.

Customers seeking to add this Raman analysis to their hazardous environments can find more information here or by emailing info@antech.ie.