At the Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence on February 26, the award for PPTex Innovation (Sponsored by CSA Group) went to… Pepperl+Fuchs ecom for its ATEX certified mobile computing and communication devices.

The Technical Innovation category goes to an innovative product or system for use in hazardous area environments. Voting for the awards was open to all Hazardex journal and website readers. Voters were not allowed to vote for their own company/organisation.

Over the last decade, the Hazardex Awards programme has become a benchmark for those supplying products, services and systems within hazardous areas. You can play your part in raising awareness and standards across the sector by nominating a company, product or service for the 2021 awards, entering your vote and encouraging your colleagues to do likewise. Nominations will open later in the year. For details about the 2021 event, please contact Russell Goater (details at the bottom of this page).

Thank you to our Event & Awards Sponsor, CSA Group!

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PPTex Innovation - Sponsored by CSA Group

**WINNER** - Pepperl+Fuchs ecom

The Pepperl+Fuchs brand ecom is internationally one of the first addresses for mobile computing and communication devices for use in potentially hazardous areas. Pepperl+Fuchs ecom has developed explosion protection for mobile devices since 1986 and has proven its technological expertise with a multitude of innovations.

Pepperl+Fuchs ecom's products consists of explosion-protected mobile phones, 4G smartphones and tablets that meet the highest requirements in industrial use. As part of the Pepperl+Fuchs Group, customers benefit from a comprehensive, end-to-end product portfolio for the hazardous area, which completely opens up new possibilities for the entire process automation.

In its four core disciplines “Communication”, “Mobile Computing”, “Portable Lighting” and “Measurement and Calibration Technology”, Pepperl+Fuchs ecom offers reliable intrinsically-safe and explosion-proof products, wireless peripheral devices, and smart software applications – all backed up with worldwide assistance from service centres and subsidiary offices to reduce your risk.

At the HazardEx event, Pepperl+Fuchs ecom showcased its application-oriented range of mobile phones, tablets, PDA’s, two-way radios, remote speaker microphones, headsets and HMI solutions, designed for use in harsh and potentially hazardous environments. There was also an opportunity to try out new products such as the Zone 1 / Div 1 Android 4G/LTE Smartphone Smart-Ex 02, the Smart-Ex Watch 01, the Zone 1 / Div 1 Android 4G/LTE tablet Tab-Ex 02 and the Ex-Camera Cube 800, designed for safe operation in Ex-certified and rugged environments, bringing hands-free collaboration to the world’s toughest locations.


Highly commended runners-up

The highly commended runners-up in the PPTex Innovation category were:

RealWear for the RealWear HMT-1Z1
The RealWear HMT-1Z1 is the only commercially available wearable computer approved for use in ATEX Zone 1, IECEx Zone 1 and CSA C1-D1 hazardous environments. Workers in Oil & Gas, Chemical processing, and other high hazard industries use HMT-1Z1 to get real-time guidance from remote experts, improve their productivity with digital checklists, and complete preventive maintenance with IIoT Visualisation, avoiding costly downtime. Most importantly, HMT-1Z1 helps improve worker safety with its voice-operated and hands-free user experience.

Re-Gen Robotics for its explosion proof, robotic tank cleaning technology
In response to market demand for safety and efficiency in tank cleaning, Re-Gen Robotics has developed bespoke explosion proof, robotic cleaning technology, that can easily manoeuvre into confined spaces. Re-Gen Robotics has invested £2.5 million in creating three purpose-built, Ex Zone 0 rated robots. The large robots are designed to fit through a standard 600mm entry hatch via an extending ramp and de-sludge, wash and clean large-scale tanks including fixed roof and floating roof tanks. Once cleaning is complete, the robot safely exits the container via its ramp and is returned to the control unit. A smaller, compact robot is suitable for use on smaller sites and underground fuel storage tanks and containers. The small robot can move through a 450 mm entry hatch, ideal for use in petrol forecourts, interceptors and process tanks.


A total of 25 nominations were shortlisted across five categories for the Hazardex 2020 Awards, designed to recognise excellence in the hazardous area sector. The winners were announced at the Hazardex 2020 Gala Awards dinner on February 26, 2020. The categories were Technical Innovation, Best User Application, Best Customer Service, Contribution to Safety, plus the Delegates' Award which was voted for on the day by event attendees.

Click here to see a full list of the winners and runners-up from the awards. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS AND HIGHLY COMMENDED RUNNER-UPS!

Voting rules

* The competition is open to all Hazardex journal and website readers and users
* Voters register their votes by sending an email to the organisers and must identify themselves and their company.
* Voters are limited to one vote per category
* Nominees are not permitted to vote for their own company/organisation
* All votes remain confidential

Contact Russell Goater on +44 (0) 1732 359990 or for further details on attendance, exhibiting or sponsoring this must-attend event in 2021.