I'm wondering whether anyone has some experience with designing electronics for compliance to IEC 60079 Explosive Atmospheres. I have designed a device to be installed in silos facilities which are considered explosive atmospheres due to fine dust present in the air. I have been given IEC 60079-7 - Explosive Protection by increased safety "e" and told that the device must be proven to comply with it.
I have read IEC 60079-0 and 60079-7 and since the device does not contain heaters, luminaries, motors or transformers, most of it is not applicable. The device takes 9V DC and works at 5V DC, has no-burn fuses and Zener diodes for overvoltage protection and ESD devices against ESD discharges.
The two questions I have is whether anyone has any experience working within IEC 60079 to give me some examples of things to look out for to comply with this standard? Secondly, from reading 60079-0 section 29.3 it does not mention the possibility of using "increased safety e" in Group III (dust) atmospheres which confuses me - is increased safety e compatible with Group III dust atmospheres (i.e. can we implement increased safety for Group III devices or not?) I find the whole standard very confusing and sometimes ridiculous (apparently one of the tests I need to pass is a 1kg weight being dropped repeatedly onto the device!!!) . Long story short: 1) Any things to look out for or examples to follow to comply with IEC 60079? 2) Can a device implementing increased safety "e" be used in explosive dust atmospheres (Group III) or is safety to be achieved only through enclosure, encapsulation, intrinsic safety and pressurization?
Thanks, any tips on implementing IEC 60079 compliance is welcome.