5 Features of Explosion-Proof Cameras Used in Hazardous Areas
March 10, 2023
Security is probably one of your top priorities if you’re working within a potentially hazardous industry or a facility handling dangerous chemicals or elements. Of course, cameras make up a great part of your workplace safety routines, but specifically, those aren’t your ordinary security cameras.
What Is An Explosion Proof Camera
High-risk environments require robust safety solutions. Working in areas like chemical manufacturing sites, oil and gas facilities, transportation terminals or even border defense demand the use of highly durable and resistant safety cameras. An explosion-proof camera is a device that comes in handy in such scenarios.
The ATEX-certified camera is designed to be used in specific hazardous situations. These cameras are enclosed in a housing capable to withstand fire, cold, and explosions with ease. The explosion-proof camera is also capable of enduring any hazardous and flammable gasses and clouds of dust. The enclosures are also designed to keep any sparks from within the camera to ignite and cause a fire within the facility they’re being used in.
Anyone you go with, rest assured that these are the best options for industrial safety cameras in the Middle East, and have been tested in zones 0, 1, and 2. Let’s see which features make them stand out from your regular safety gear.
Let us number 5 features of the explosion-proof camera, how it outcompetes traditional CCTV systems and why it is a must in hazardous areas.
1. Stainless Steel Enclosure
All explosion-proof cameras come inside a stainless steel enclosure, making the camera virtually impenetrable and resistant to any kind of outside shock, element, or physical damage. The stainless steel enclosure is made from 304L or 316L grade stainless steel.
304L and 316L stainless steel are standard steel alloys used for industrial and protective coatings. Outside of being shock-resistant, these alloys are corrosion-resistant to most chemicals, salts, and acids, and can also be used in the marine environment. The Sharp Eagle explosion-proof camera can also endure being submerged in seawater.
2. They’re Compliant With IP68 Waterproof Standard
Some potentially hazardous situations include cameras being exposed or drowned in water for a certain amount of time. In such an event, you’d like your camera to be as durable as possible so you’re able to retrieve the data and analyze it. Sharp Eagles cameras are compliant with the IP68 waterproof standard which ensures that a device can survive being submerged in a liquid of up to 2 meters deep for at least half an hour – ample time for your team to be able to salvage precious insight.
3. They’re ATEX Certified
Sharp Eagles’ camera solutions have been ATEX (atmospheres explosible) certified for the latest European standards. The ATEX-certified camera can be used in any confined space containing hazardous gases and dust particles fromzone 0 to zone 22. Not will only the camera be able to capture the situation, but it will do so with precision as if nothing is happening around it.
The explosion-proof camera won’t also be the cause of any fire or explosion breakouts that may occur in such an event. The enclosing is such that it will prevent any sparks from coming out and interacting with potentially flammable gas.
4. Intelligent Window Defroster
The explosion-proof camera from Sharp Eagle also comes with an intelligent window defroster on the camera’s lenses. This technology allows the camera to record not only in fire and gas/dust situations but in subzero temperatures as well.
In the event of your fire extinguishers going off and emitting any kind of cooling agent, the camera's lenses won't freeze over. The lenses have been infused with metal particles that heat up and immediately prevent the lenses from getting foggy and allow the camera to keep recording uninterrupted.
5. Shock And Vibration Resistant
If the hazardous event is such that it destroys the facility structure, or topples down the camera you can be safe with the explosion-proof PTZ cameras. The camera's casing prevents any harm to befall the device. The explosion-proof camera is positioned in such a way that it’s nested in the casings’ center making it literally resistant to any kind of physical damage.
If you’re dealing with or working in a hazardous environment, you’re probably aware of the dangers it presents. In such an environment it’s of the utmost importance to ensure the safety and tracking measurements. One of the best solution in terms of cameras is the explosion-proof, ATEX-certified camera from SharpEagle.