Motors and drives in potentially explosive atmospheres


Organisation profile

ABB is a technology leader in electrification and automation, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimize how things are manufactured, moved, powered and operated. Building on more than 140 years of excellence, ABB’s ~105,000 employees are committed to driving innovations that accelerate industrial transformation.

Training aim

The purpose of this presentation is to provide the reader with basic information on the regulations, standards, definitions and equipment requirements for motors and drives in potentially explosive areas.

Learning objectives & Course outline

1. What is a potentially explosive atmosphere?

2. Understanding the standards for explosive atmospheres

3. Main standards for explosive atmospheres

4. Groups

5. Zones, categories, and equipment

6. Motor protection types

7. Certification markings

8. The effects of variable speed drives on motors

9. ATEX-certified safety functions

10. Selecting motors and drives for explosive atmospheres

Trainer's profile

Thomas Comerford

Area Sales Manager ABB Motion Ireland

Joined ABB in 2018.  Experienced Sales and Engineering Manager with a demonstrated history of working across major industrial industry sectors. Energy, Process Engineering, IoT Digital and Business Development. Strong sales professional with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) focused in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Course duration


Assessment & certification

CPD hours

Who should attend

Consultants, Engineers, project managers