CorDEX Instruments Welcomes International Safety Certification Which Will Boost Global Sales
MIDDLESBROUGH, England, October 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
CorDEX Instruments is gearing up for significant sales of its
intrinsically safe thickness monitoring device after receiving international
certification from a global regulator on explosive environments and safety
The UT5000 Intrinsically Safe Thickness Gauge has been assessed and
approved by IECEx, the globally recognised IEC System for Certification to
Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres.
The hand-held device, which is designed to measure the thickness of
pipelines and materials in hazardous areas using non-destructive techniques,
has already achieved ATEX certification and is approved for use in the
Tony Holliday, CEO of CorDEX Instruments, the leading manufacturer of
intrinsically safe and non-destructive testing products for the oil and gas
industry, welcomed the IECEx certification and aims to market the device to
an international industry audience.
He said: “Receiving IECEx certification for the UT5000 is an important
step in delivering the device to the global marketplace. We are pleased the
thickness gauge has come through the thorough examination process the
certification assessment requires.
“We now have ATEX and IECEx certification for the UT5000 which will make
it possible to market it to companies around the world. Asset integrity and
corrosion testing is of the utmost importance for the oil and gas industry
and this tool has the potential to transform the way operators work.
“Our equipment fits with what the energy sector seeks to do in relation
to ageing assets and without the need to wait for a shutdown to conduct
testing provides the opportunity for more comprehensive and regular
inspections to be carried out.”
The UT5000 is currently being used by researchers at the University of
Aberdeen to provide a new model for corrosion assessment to enhance oil and
The aim of the ground-breaking research is to shed light on how
corrosion develops spatially on steel pipelines and vessels to improve
replacement decisions and integrity management and the UT5000 will give
companies the ability to establish a predictive maintenance program to
further improve safety.
Dr Neill Renton, head of chemical engineering within the School of
Engineering at the University of Aberdeen, said: “The deterioration of
assets through corrosion damage is a critical problem for the energy
“This intrinsically safe device allows for testing during normal
operations without the need for any hot-working and could allow testing on a
much more regular basis giving us a greater ability to track corrosion over
“If a number of oil and gas companies use the technology then there
would be a dramatic improvement in our understanding of deterioration with
associated safety benefits.”
CorDEX has already established a reputation since it was launched in
2009 in the mining and chemicals sectors and is now positioning itself to
become the United Kingdom’s premier manufacturer of handheld intrinsically
safe tools for the oil and gas industry.
The Teesside-headquartered company has a network of distributers across
the United States of America, South America Europe and the Middle East.
CorDEX is a leading manufacturer of intrinsically safe and non
destructive testing products for the oil and gas industry. For further
information please visit http://www.cordexinstruments.com
News release issued on behalf of CorDEX Instruments by the BIG
Notes to editors
CorDEX Instruments is headquartered in Teesside, UK and delivers
intrinsically safe inspection and NDT equipment to the global oil and gas
CorDEX equipment improves efficiency, accuracy and safety in challenging
environments in energy and related industries. Its high-quality equipment is
specifically certified for use in hazardous/explosive areas. CorDEX is ISO
9001:2008 certified, and all CorDEX products are designed and manufactured
for maximum reliability in the company’s BS EN13980 registered manufacturing
An IECEx Certificate of Conformity attests that the product has been
independently tested and found to comply with international standards. It
also attests that the manufacturing site has been audited to verify that the
manufacturer’s quality system meets IECEx requirements,
ATEX product certification is the check on the design specification of a
product in relation to a series of strict industry standards. It involves a
detailed process of examination, testing and assessment of equipment
intended for use in potentially hazardous areas.
When the process is successfully completed an ATEX certificate and
report are issued confirming and demonstrating that the product is safe to
use, within certain parameters, within potentially explosive atmospheres.
SOURCE CorDEX Instruments