Explosion-proof Solutions New Heavy-Duty Switches for Potentially Explosive Areas
The Schmersal Group has expanded its existing switch series for the heavy industry and it now includes Ex variants that are suitable for use in potentially explosive areas.
The pull-wire emergency switches in the EX-I-ZQ900 and EX-I-RS655 series as well as the belt misalignment switches in the EX-I-BS655 and EX-T. 454 series can be used in dusty environments in Zone 21 in ignition protection class Ex tb ‘Protection by enclosure’ or in gas atmospheres in Zone 1 in ignition protection class Ex ib ‘Intrinsic safety’.
According to the company, the new versions expand the possible range of applications for these switches:
The variants certified for Zone 1 have been designed for applications in which hazardous gases could occur, such as in the chemicals and petrochemical industry as well as in refineries, landfill sites and recycling plants.
Switches that are certified for Zone 21 are suitable for areas outside of dust-enclosing containers, such as near to filling and removal points, conveyor belts or HGV dumping points, such as those found in recycling plants, gravel and cement works, thermal power plants and in the metalworking industry.
The EX-I-ZQ900 pull-wire emergency switch with single-sided action is used on machines and systems in areas at risk of explosion, where there might the need to trigger the emergency stop command at any point along the route of the wire. With a wire length of up to 75 m, it offers numerous contact combinations for a safe and reliable shutdown as well as simple, quick diagnosis, states the firm.
For greater distances, there is the EX-I-RS655 pull-wire emergency switch with two-sided action. The main characteristic is a significantly reduced installation cost, made possible by the wire length of up to 2x 100 m as well as by the central connection terminal. The central connection terminal enables quick and easy wiring, adds the company. The EX-I-RS655 with integrated DuplineSafe interface for safe series connection, including diagnostics, is available as an option.