SAFA has formed a sub-committee for discussion of matters concerning intrinsic safety. Mr. Rowan Humphries of Sasol Technology is currently the chairman of this sub-committee and invites interested parties to contact him at email@example.com with any suggestions or comments (or contact Gary Friend of Extech Safety Systems (Pty) Ltd at firstname.lastname@example.org).
The group will meet every two months, and has set its objectives as follows:
Exic Clarification From IS Sub-Committee Meeting
These questions were raised at the IS meeting on 18 August. Herewith follows the questions and answers:
Q - Where does it say that Exic is for zone 2 only?
A - The relationship is identified in 60079-14 section 5.3 and 5.4 - (please click here for 60079-14 section 5.3 and 5.4)
Q - Where does it say that it does not require a barrier/isolator?
A - This statement isn't true, you will need an IS interface - barrier, isolator or I/O card or a device with suitable IS safety parameters declared.
Q - Where does it say that you can run Exic wiring with Exia & Exib wiring?
A - It appears in both 60079-14 and Draft 60079-25 - (Please click here for the latter)
Q - What is necessary for loop drawing approvals? i.e. how do you do calcs?
A - It will follow the same process that we have now. However, as per Chris T note cable parameters are not likely to cause a problem for most installations.
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