Last month (25-27 April 2023) Pyroban exhibited at LogiMAT, the international trade fair for intralogistics solutions and process management in Stuttgart, Germany. With a range of new products and services for hazardous area operations, and a message of “easy to work with” in Europe, the Pyroban team was pleased to attract new business from German and European OEMs, dealers and end users.
Pyroban® returned to LogiMAT in Hall 10 where representatives discussed the conversion of all types and brands of materials handling equipment for ATEX Zone 1, 2, 21 and 22. Visitors were particularly interested to learn more about how Pyroban has made the shipping of parts and forklifts to and from the UK for ATEX conversion easier than ever. Forklifts are able to move between EU/UK borders free of customs duty with the support of a dedicated Pyroban customs team that is on hand to support customers.
Darren Boiling, Materials Handling Sales Manager for Pyroban explains: “Many forklift OEMs and dealers located in mainland Europe are already enjoying a fast, high quality explosion protection conversion service from Pyroban. Our transport solution builds on our experience of shipping hundreds of components and ATEX forklifts to mainland Europe from the UK since BREXIT.”
“We can take care of everything to make it easy for our customers and give advice on the most efficient way to move goods around,” says Darren. “We have nominated transport companies to work with which give us fixed prices at competitive rates. They also handle customs clearance if necessary. This service, in addition to our parts distributor AI2C in France, provides our European customers efficient routes to Pyroban’s products and services.”
“Lifetime support and care programmes reinforce the customer experience alongside pro-active advice and consultancy from the very beginning,” says Darren (pictured above left alongside Matt Booth, UK Sales Manager), explaining that there is still significant market education to do about ATEX and the risks of using MHE equipment in potentially explosive atmospheres for end users, OEMs and dealers across Europe.
The team also shared the latest updates on power options including the facts about Stage V ATEX forklifts and the risks of lithium-ion battery powered forklifts intended for use in hazardous areas. Pyroban also highlighted the facts about the ATEX certification requirements for lead acid batteries, as Matt Booth explains above.
As Darren Boiling explains above, Pyroban is supporting all types of businesses in their journey to ATEX compliance with Ignition Hazard Assessments (IHA), inspections, audits and practical Ex engineering solutions for all types of fixed plant and process equipment. This is something Pyroban has been doing for the last 50 years for its own products and conversions, but is now openly providing access to this unique mix of explosion proof engineering resources and experience. This includes both mechanical and electrical applications, coupled with a deep expertise in the application of EN / IEC 60079 and EN / ISO 80079 standards.
“We have made our product portfolio more relevant to Industry 4.0 and the needs of intralogistics businesses who happen to handle flammable materials,” says Darren explaining that explosion proof automation, robotics, AMRs and AGVs are now very much a reality.
Pyroban can also provide customised Ex d enclosure population, electrical system design, explosion proof product development support and “fast-track” ATEX certification services for OEMs, many of which were at LogiMAT. Pyroban is also bringing IIoT(Ex) solutions and telemetry to ATEX areas, helping to connect hazardous area operations everywhere and reduce maintenance with touch, proximity, water, humidity and other microsensors. Businesses looking to update or install Ex lighting systems can also benefit from Pyroban’s new lighting design and installation services that are ATEX compliant and energy efficient, also on display.
Since the 1970s, the Pyroban brand has been synonymous with Ex safety, in particular explosion proof (ATEX) forklift truck conversions, gas detection and Ex power systems offshore. Its products ensure that equipment cannot be the source of ignition if a flammable atmosphere develops in a warehouse or process area for example.