Eight years of intensive product development
In the eight years that it took from initial idea to product launch, Van Nisselroy regularly came up against new challenges. “For example, the iNozzle display is the same size as many smartphone displays. That means that they have high minimum order sizes, whereas we needed a smaller quantity to start with.” Other issues he faced included how to control the device wirelessly and how to guarantee safe operation. To find the answers, Van Nisselroy contacted DEKRA. It soon became clear that the iNozzle had to be certified for use in ATEX Zone 0: a place in which an explosive atmosphere consisting of a mixture with air of dangerous substances in the form of gas, vapor or mist is present continuously or for long periods or frequently. After the necessary adjustments had been made, the product was ready for certification. “The certification process at DEKRA ran extremely smoothly. Obtaining the ATEX certificate was the final step along the product’s path to market launch,” he states.
ATEX-certified within just three months
For manufacturers like Smarter Nozzle, ATEX certification is essential. They cannot apply for the actual certificate until they reach the end of the production process, but they can start preparing sooner. Van Nisselroy: “For example, DEKRA helpfully informed us that, as a manufacturer, you can speed up the certification process by gathering together the right documents during the production process.” Smarter Nozzle had set itself the goal of taking the product to market in 2020, and it succeeded. “DEKRA completed the ATEX certification process for us in less than three months. That was fully in line with the tight deadline they’d promised, which allowed us to launch the product at the end of last year,” he continues.