Nowadays, explosion protection has an absolute priority in many areas of the chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food and petrochemical offshore industries. This is anything but surprising, because its neglect always bears the risk of severe damage to products, equipment and the loss of human life. In order to equip ex-areas of any company, competent specialists are needed on the buyer side as well as on the supplier side, leaving nothing to chance in terms of product safety and quality. Sichelschmidt material handling is one of these specialists on the supplier side, who internationally contribute to plant safety with the development and production of state-of-the-art explosion-proof forklift trucks. This challenge can only be met by constant innovation and high product reliability. "Given the requirements of the international standards regarding construction and design, system functionality, as well as, on-site environmental challenges and varying application requirements, a successful manufacturer of ex-protected forklift trucks must above all have innovative power and flexibility", explains Ralf Sichelschmidt, Managing Director of the company. Sichelschmidt engineers are continuously developing new solutions and often, due to high demand, these designs are added to the Sichelschmidt standard product range. During more than 100 years
of company history, an extensive product range was developed for Ex zones 1 and 2 or 21 and 22, Ex IIC, Class 1 Division 1, as well as, a whole range of non-ex trucks and vehicles. In addition to international standards for the ex-protection of forklifts, numerous other regulations may also have to be complied with, depending on the type of application. In the pharmaceutical industry, for example, a package of measures is used in GMP clean room class C environments, including among others, the use of isopropanol resistant paint for the truck chassis and masts, as well as, the use of solvent resistant plastics. Additionally, the chassis are constructed based on aspects of "hygienic design". Trucks of such design are used in various applications throughout the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.