The name is derived from the first letters of the phrase Atmosphere Explosible in French. ATEX is the abbreviated name of the European Directive 2014/34 / EC on explosion-proof electrical and mechanical equipment, systems and components which over time became official laws in various countries.
Therefore, the manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that each product in this category conforms to the instructions. The Atex instruction applies to all electrical and mechanical equipment and protective systems in explosive environments. Due to the need to prevent combustion sources in explosive atmospheres, special connections are used that prevent contact between the combustion sources and the explosive atmosphere.
The ATEX Directive regulates explosion protection in mining and industry and applies to products used in explosive atmospheres.