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Bespoke vacuum test rig for hazardous area lighting

Bespoke vacuum test rig for hazardous area lighting

Tuesday 2nd November 2010

Thorite, the UK's biggest distributor of pneumatic products and process systems, has designed and supplied a specialised vacuum test rig to Hadar Lighting's production plant in Ashington, Northumberland.

The rig is used to carry out restricted breathing tests on Wellglass and Floodlight luminaires designed for use in Zone 2 & 22 areas of hazardous environments such as offshore rigs & petrochemical plants, where gas and dust can lead to explosion risks.

The rig creates a vacuum within the luminaires, which must then be retained by the luminaires for a specific length of time - any significant loss of vacuum indicating that the luminaire under test is faulty.

Thorite assembled the bespoke test rig, which has now superseded Hadar's previous test facility, in a package which includes a vacuum pump, pressure regulator, 0-60 millibar calibrated vacuum gauge and various vacuum and pressure valves and linkages.

The Hadar hazardous area lighting range is designed and manufactured by A-Belco Hazardous Area and comprises one of the most up to date and innovative hazardous area lighting portfolios on the market.

Barry Thompson, Hadar's Engineering Director, has been impressed by both Thorite's expertise and efficiency and said: "From first contacting Thorite to explain our unusual test requirements, to receiving the equipment fully assembled and tested on site, was less than two weeks - a really first class service."

Thorite's head office is located in Bradford, West Yorkshire, supported by Sales and Service Centres in Blackburn, Bolton, Doncaster, Huddersfield, Leeds, Rochdale, Sheffield and North Shields.

EEF - The Manufacturers' Organisation -- The Carbon Trust - Accredited Supplier -- CHAS - The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme -- BCAS - British Compressed Air Society -- SafeContractor Approved
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