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Turner EPS acquired Flametec in 2003. Now Flametec is a division of Turner EPS. We are Flametec, but we trade under Turner EPS.
Some quotes can take up to an hour. These are usually our standard products with little modification, if any. Other quotes can take several days or weeks, especially since we aim to provide the maximum customisability to our customers. Typically engine or forklift conversions take 2-3 days, while bespoke systems can take 2-3 weeks.
Depends on the conversion. Typically material handling conversions take 10-12 weeks or more if the conversion is highly customised. Engine conversions, depending on the size of the engine, can take 12-16 weeks. Bespoke systems like control panel builds usually take 3-5 weeks and parts supply can range between 1 day and up to 5 weeks depending on the part. Get in touch with us to get accurate quotes and lead times.
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Our products operate worldwide and we can ship directly to your country. For conversions, you will have to either purchase the equipment from us so we can convert it and ship it to you, or you will have to ship your equipment to our factory in the UK.
For large projects, we can explore options to carry out conversions on your site. Please get in touch with us for more details.
Firstly, all companies convert material handling equipment to the same set of standards. High risk Zone 1 and 21 equipment requires third party verification and tends to carry a much higher price than Zone 2 or 22. For products operating in Zone 2 a significant variation in protection methods used between manufacturers can be found. Some proprietary equipment may require mandatory OEM inspections to maintain ATEX compliance whilst others complete a risk assessment on truck components to provide a budget solution.
At Flametec, we pride ourselves on being customer oriented and technically compliant. We love listening to our customers and engineering a solution customised to what customers actually want while making sure the equipment is fully safe to operate in the relevant area.
Our approach is to work in partnership with our customer to satisfy the different requirements of each customer and provide the end user with reliable and seam free solutions. We also do not like to force our customers into compulsory service contracts, nor do we cut corners when it comes to safety and integrity of our conversions.
The EN standard (EN1755) used to achieve the required level of safety for Zone 2 does not identify a difference in levels of safety between active and passive systems – there are simply two routes to achieve compliance.
Passive Systems keep your equipment safe at all times. Active Systems have to shut the equipment down to maintain safety.
By the nature of their operation, material handling equipment (MHE) and its operators are the likely cause of an accident resulting in gas release in a Zone 2 area. This results in the equipment and operator being at the source of a gas release. The fastest responding gas detection technology has a delay of a few seconds to register gas. Coupled with restricted breathing protection, the required safety level is achieved. However, the MHE will be disabled within the gas environment and the operator unable to drive to a safe area.
With a Passive System, there is a possibility that the operator is unaware of a gas leak. This is a lower risk with MHE since most gas leaks are caused by the equipment itself and arguably the operator will be aware of an accident or damage to product and the associated spillage or release of gas. Regardless, this is the drawback of a Passive System and a benefit of an Active System. This is why Flametec can provide a hybrid of these to combine the best of both worlds where the end user requires it.
It really depends upon the equipment that requires Zone 2 protection. For example, a ride-on floor cleaner with 15+ DC control motors will benefit from a gas detection system and restricted breathing protection of the motors. Whereas standard counterbalance forklift trucks can use passive type protection at very competitive costs.
Contact us to get an accurate quote for your specific requirements.
Although technically this statement is correct, in cases with complicated equipment, it may not be economically viable to convert all equipment for use in Hazardous Areas. For example, the protection of an engine for a diesel powered forklift can depend on the engine type (turbo fitted, DPF, catalytic converter etc.) and the space available in the engine bay.
Indeed we can. We pride ourselves on working with our clients on all projects, not just battery boxes. Moreover, unlike our competitors, we do not charge extra for custom designs.