What Are Explosion Proof Motors & How Are They Used

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Explosion proof motors are specially designed and manufactured versions of standard electric motors which have been produced from extra strong iron and other materials to withstand accidental explosions in the surrounding area. This enables them to be able to operate perfectly normally in hazardous environments where they may be in contact with flammable gases, combustible dusts or fibres.

The build quality of these types of electric motors is second to none using premium grade robust materials to enable them to continue to function in extreme industrial environments. The outer casing has been designed to have a high IP protection as well as being both corrosion and weather proof. With specifications like that they can be used in areas which are not accessible by the plant operations staff without them wearing protective clothing and breathing apparatus. Such areas are common place in chemical processing plants and steel production facilities.

Motor Casing Construction

The extra strength iron which is used in the manufacture of explosion proof motors ensures that they are not damaged by sudden increases or decreases in the environment surrounding them. In addition the strong casing will ensure that if any fault does occur within the motor housing which causes a fire risk that it does not escape into the surrounding area, potentially causing damage to plant machinery or the company’s workforce.

Even the electrical circuitry within the motor is securely insulated with specially designed cooling elements to further protect the motor from explosion from within. Typically this type of motor can continue to function normally in temperatures of minus 20 up to 40 centigrade.

Motor Production Regulations

With all things there are strict regulations which need to be adhered to in order to get explosion proof motors to market. Keeping to regulations and maintaining high standards are particularly important in this industry as the potential for loss of life and property is high. If a motor should malfunction or not be able to withstand an explosion then the implications for plant workers is great. Indeed most manufacturers of these kinds of motor will have a department dedicated to testing and grading explosion proof motors to ensure they pass all necessary standards. Thoroughly insulated electrical components and advanced cooling techniques are employed to provide seamless operation in a wide range of environments. These motors have been meticulously designed to protect themselves from localised explosions and as such are as strong on the outside as they are on the inside.

Order high quality explosion proof motors from Tec Electric Motors, based in Droitwich, Worcestershire, UK.