ExPIC 2014

7th ExPIC Conference 2014
Date: November 24-25, 2014
Venue: The Armada Hotel, Petaling Jaya

ExPIC 2014, the 7th Explosion Protection Industries Conference was held at the Armada Hotel in Petaling Jaya on November 24-25, 2014 attended by 90 participants. 16 papers on explosionprotection were presented by 8 top-class speakers from testing and inspection authorities (Dekra Exam, Physikalisch-technische Bundesanstalt PTB, SIRIM QAS) and Petronas.

Gerhad on IECEx Scheme.

ExPIC 2014 Session in progress.

Ir Syed Fadzil, SIRIM QAS on Ex Competency Assesment.

Peter on Ex Markings.

Great importance was given to the exchange of experiences by the participants. This year special 16 papers were presented, starting with as follows:
– IECEx schemes
– IECEx personnel competency assessment tests awareness Documentation of equipment
– Design of explosionproof electric heaters
– “Levels of protection”, not only limited to intrinsic safety
– Ex inspection & improvement solutions for a 20 year facility
– Type tests of an Ex d enclosure – using a case study to demonstrate the way to Certificate of Conformity (IECEx Scheme)
– Termination of Ex e and Ex d boxes
– Safety Integrity Level (SIL) – What is SIL, FAQs and misconceptions
– Requirements for equipment used in dust atmospheres
– Lighting practices and applications, use of light sources / luminaires in hazardous areas
– Practical application and temperature test of electrical rotating machine
– Influences of the input power supply to the temperature of electrical rotating machines
– IEC 60079-14 "Electrical installation design, selection and erection"

Feedback from participants were all very positive. They particularly appreciated the practice-orientated topics. Particpants also show a lot of interest on the IECEx Personnel Competency Scheme.

Peter Opening ExPIC Event.

ExPIC Banners.

Ir Sharul, Petronas, on PTSB Ex Inspection.

Ir Safwan, Petronas on Ex Inspection.

The Board of Engineers (BEM) through the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) approved the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) hours for this ExPIC event to be 12 hours, (ref: IEM14/PP/051/C).

Dr. Wittler on Ex 'd' Testing.

Ir Harindran, Petronas on SIL.

ExPIC Participants.

Dr. Lienesch, PTB on Ex Machine.

Left-Quah, Gerhard, Lienesch, Wittler, Harindran, Peter, Hanif. Ismail.

The date for the next ExPIC, the 8th ExPIC will be announced by May 2015.

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