The ITACS AUS endorsement from Australia’s leading testing house follows similar accreditations granted in Europe, USE, Canada, Russia and Brazil.
Cable glands – which connect cables to any piece of machinery and protect electrical equipment from water, dust or gas ingress – have myriad applications, but are most common in oil, gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and underground mining sectors.
They are particularly useful in hazardous sectors where there is a high risk of an explosion through gas leakage.
Hawke spokesperson Michael Connelly said the company would continue its global safety accreditation syllabus into the coming years.
“The oil, gas and petrochemical industries and truly international so it is vital that our products meet all the required standards,” he said.
“This gives our customers the confidence that in specifying Hawke equipment they are securing the safety of their global production environments.”
As part of the ITACS AUS accreditation, the glands underwent a mechanical test, explosion test, ingress protection test and a cable retention test.
The ITACS approval permits the use of flameproof (Exed) and increased safety (Exe) cable glands in Zone 1 and Zone 2 hazardous areas.
Hawke International has been operating in Australia for more than 15 years, with a 2003 revenue in excess of $40 million.