ET4255-HL Hazardous Location

The KBIM2-IS is a full QWERTY PC keyboard with integral mouse for use in industrial environments. The unit is intrinsically safe, protected via safety barriers and is suitable for use in Zone 0 hazardous locations.

The KBIM2-IS is fully welded from stainless steel. The membrane is covered with a conductive stainless steel shim to prevent static build up.

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We understand the importance of product verification testing. Continuous improvement is fundamental to on-going development and the growth of our knowledge base and our customers.

The information learnt from comprehensive verification and validation testing can be incorporated into all stages of design and manufacture providing the best solution for our clients. We offer extensive test facilities not only for solutions manufactured in house, but also components that we integrate into customer products and stand-alone testing required by companies to meet industrial standards.

Our Test Capabilities

APC Technology can complete an array of testing in-house or project manage your validation & certification requirements through our network of partners within the field.  Our in house facilities include:-

  • Shock and vibration up to 50Kg payload
  • Temperature (-40’C to +180’C)
  • Humidity (10% to 98% RH)
  • Thermal shock
  • Solar radiation
  • Degree of protection
  • Consultation and generation of test methodologies, plans and reports

We have extensive experience and knowledge of numerous international standards, including:

Mil-Std; The Mil-Std rating is used by the US military to determine whether equipment can be used in military applications. While the standard of testing was created in the US, it is now a globally recognised method of testing.

Products that meet the specific ratings are said to be ‘military-grade’, which is a certification that a majority of APC Technology’s products are tested to. The qualification of equipment validates whether a device can function as required within the defence sector where durability and performance is a necessity.

Mil-Std addresses a broad range of environmental conditions including;

  • Low pressure for altitude testing.
  • Exposure to high and low temperatures.
  • Temperature shock testing (both operating and in storage).
  • Rain (including wind blown and freezing rain).
  • Humidity testing.
  • Fungus resistance.
  • Salt fog for rust testing.
  • Sand and dust exposure.
  • Explosive atmosphere.
  • Leakage.
  • Acceleration.
  • Shock and transport shock.
  • Random vibration.

DEF STAN : Def Stan is a testing standard which encompasses an extensive range of environmental test methods. The robust DEF-STAN covers products and systems that are utilised in every facet of military and defence. As with MIL-STD, it can include;

  • Intense vibration and shock.
  • Acoustic noise.
  • Climatic testing including temperature, humidity, sand and dust.
  • Low and high altitude and pressure.

Our validation and verification testing capabilities for Def Stan and Mil-Std

APC Technology is equipped with the testing facilities & capabilities to perform Def Stan and Mil-Std on all product revisions.

We routinely complete prototype, testing, certification and design support for Australian and global customers. At our South Australian test facilities, we are equipped to handle def stan & Mil-Std specifications and help customers achieve their contractual requirements on time, peace of mind that it will meet the standards.

Def Stan and Mil-Std tests are performed by our engineers on a range of military and defence products, systems, and line replacement units for land, sea, and air domains. We can deliver a comprehensive approach to your production verification testing.

DO-160 refers to validation and verification of environmental conditions and testing procedures for airborne equipment. This is the international standard defining all environmental testing, and applicable test procedures for avionic equipment to determine product performance characteristics. In order to ensure that equipment will operate correctly when airborne, all manufacturers of aeronautic products must meet the requirements of the international standard. 

The environments and procedures applied in DO-160 testing depends on the equipment item, the type of aircraft, its conditions of use as well as how equipment is installed in the aircraft. DO-160 testing procedures cover the following mechanical, climatic and physical-chemical environments;

  • Temperature and altitude.
  • Temperature variation.
  • Humidity.
  • Shock.
  • Vibration.
  • Explosion proofness.
  • Water proofness.
  • Fluids susceptibility.
  • Sand and dust exposure.
  • Fungus resistance.
  • Salt and fog
  • Icing.
  • Flammability.

It is crucial for businesses to comprehend what constitutes hazardous locations for on-site operations or in the workplace notably to ensure employee safety. Globally recognised systems must be adhered to a location safe- these include the European Union’s ATEX certification and the international IECEx.

ATEX: ATEX stands for ‘ATmosphere EXplosibles’. It is a mandatory validation and verification certification for all industrial products to be sold across Europe. It mandates the type of equipment and work conditions allowed in extreme environments. The directive outlines the health and safety requirements that all explosion proof equipment have to meet to be traded in Europe.

IECEx: Refers to the International Electrotechnical Commission System for Certification to Standards Relating for Use in Explosive Atmospheres. ‘Ex’ stands for ‘explosive environments’, whereas the ‘IEC’ is the leading global organisation that prepares all International Standards for ruggedised electrical and other related technologies.

The certification facilitates the international trade of equipment and services used in explosive and hazardous locations, whilst ensuring safety requirements are met.

The main differences between the two is the geographical location where the certification is recognised and accepted, with certifications being broken down into classification zones for;

  • Hazardous gases.
  • Vapours.
  • Mists.
  • Dusts.

Please note: There are additional certification bodies around the globe. IECEx and ATEX are the most commonly recognised and accepted.

When installing electronic equipment on a train, it must meet specific requirements for environmental, shock, vibration, power supply, EMC, power surge, ESD and transient elements. For safe use, systems must be trustworthy and able to withstand greater strain than a regular embedded computer system, especially if it is used in telematics applications or vehicle engine control.

Standards such as EN50155, EN45545 and E-Mark certified can test systems on rolling stock to see if they are worthy to operate 24/7 for 30 years or approx. (250,000 hours), without failure. Such standards ensure that any train control system must be designed to withstand the toughest external conditions and that equipment does not interfere with each other when mounted in close proximity.

  • E-MarkAccording to the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), the e-Mark proves a vehicle or vehicle component complies with the relevant EU/ECE regulations, can be sold in the EU, and sold in other regions with ECE vehicles regulations. This is an EU type approval and is mandatory for whole vehicles, automotive systems and components. Carriers and manufacturers of automobiles may freely exchange their products within the EEA (European Economic Area) by applying the e-Mark to a product.
  • EN 50155 – The European Standard refers to testing of all electronic equipment including semiconductor devices and recognised components for control, regulation, protection, diagnostic, energy supply for rail vehicles. To assure defined levels of operational safety, specific standards will be determined in accordance with relevant railway safety standards.
  • EN455450 – The Fire Protection Standard (Europe standard) ensures the safety of people and equipment in railway applications should a fire hazard related incident occur. It covers the following standards;
    • EN 45545-1: refers to the basic definitions and general rules on how to classify rail vehicles.
    • EN 45545-2 describes the material requirements for the different hazard levels (HL1, HL2 and HL3) including flammability, smoke emission and toxicity requirements for internal applications.
    • EN 45545-3: describes the fire resistance requirements for fire barriers of cables and cable protection conduits.

Before a product becomes commercially available, it must be rigorously tested to meet safety requirements.

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) means that all electronic and electromechanical devices and machines run in their intended environment besides each other without interfering. In other words: each device must not be interfered with by other devices and vice versa. EMC compliance is particularly essential for radio and wireless devices as well as those used in medical or automotive applications since failure is not an option.

Industrial products such as medical devices, ruggedised phones, and other electrical equipment must be verified. Our team will consider the EMC principles (filtering, earthing and shielding) in the early design stages of your product development cycle to help reduce the risk of non-compliance and costly re-design.

Applying Filtering, Shielding and Earthing/Grounding to Mitigate Test Failure

EMC testing is a method to test emissions and susceptibility of equipment. During the design phase, the most significant issues and failures discovered in EMC compliance testing can be avoided by providing product designers and engineers with useful data to improve product performance.

We can support the following functional testing capabilities;

  • Pre-test capabilities.
  • Wireless testing.
  • EMC calibration and test reports.
  • Radiated and magnetic susceptibility.
  • Radiated and conducted emissions.
  • Radiated immunity.
  • EMC RF emission.
  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD).
  • EMI/EMC shielding effectiveness.
  • EMC compliance testing.
  • EMC pre-compliance testing.
  • FCC compliance testing.
  • Lightning testing.

Mil-Std-461 EMC testing is critical in defence qualification programs. Our South Australia test facilities can manage and meet the strict requirements of military standards, giving you certainty in your products. This validation and verification program ensures that you meet technical, contractual and operational requirements to give you confidence that the equipment can perform under a range of demanding environmental conditions.

Mil-Std-461 covers electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) characteristics of equipment and systems. This testing and verification is mostly used to follow the stringent requirements for products and equipment used in hazardous military environments.

Our testing services can help you provide thorough and time-effective defence validation, helping you perform Urgent Operational Requirement (UOR) testing within a short time frame.

Our testing covers:

  • Electromagnetic radiated susceptibility / immunity – RS101, RS103, RS105.
  • Radiated emissions – RE101, RE102, RE103.
  • Bulk current injection (B.C.I.) – CS114, CS115.
  • Conducted susceptibility / immunity – CS101, CS103, CS104, CS105, CS109, CS116.
  • Conducted emissions – CE101, CE102, CE106.

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