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PCB PIEZOTRONICS ANNOUNCES ATEX APPROVAL OF SMART VIBRATION SWITCH FOR USE IN HAZARDOUS AREAS

PCB Piezotronics, a world leader in vibration, acoustic, pressure, force and torque sensors, has announced that its unique 686B01 series vibration switch has been ATEX approved for use in hazardous environments.

The EX686B01 is ideal for 24/7 continuous protection of cooling tower fans and gearboxes, fin fans, motors and pumps, HVAC systems, wind turbines and other critical machinery operated in hazardous areas. Meeting ATEX Ex nL IIC T3 approval requirements for use in hazardous environments, the EX686B01 is hermetically sealed and mounts with a single stud like a sensor. This smart vibration switch includes an embedded piezoelectric accelerometer for accurate measurement and monitors vibration velocity for more consistent results. Delivering reliability that cannot be matched by mechanical switches, the EX686B01 also offers a remote reset capability and USB programmable alarm threshold and time delays to avoid false trips.

PCB Piezotronics' EX686B01 is highly versatile, fully user-programmable via USB and is a low cost drop-in replacement for most popular mechanical vibration switches as it only requires two wires and can replace legacy switches without additional cable runs. In addition to being a more reliable device compared to mechanical vibration switches, the EX686B01 is also a significantly lower cost alternative for many electronic vibration switch applications requiring single relay operation.

Commenting on the approval, Graham Turgoose, PCB Piezotronics' UK managing director, said: "We are very pleased that the 686B01 has been ATEX approved for hazardous area use as many of the application enquiries we have received for this unique switch have required the certification. We are confident that this product will now become an industry standard for use in monitoring equipment used in hazardous environments."

All standard PCB sensors are supplied with Lifetime Warranty Plus and are also covered by the company's Guarantee of Total Customer Satisfaction.


About PCB Piezotronics
PCB Piezotronics is a world leader in the manufacture of piezoelectric quartz sensors, accelerometers and associated electronics for the measurement of dynamic pressure, force and vibration. The company's ICP® sensors incorporating microelectronic signal conditioning circuitry within the sensor housing are an industry standard and their widespread popularity has made PCB Piezotronics an enduring success worldwide. The company's mission statement - Total Customer Satisfaction - is not only supported by products that offer outstanding value but also by an industry exclusive Lifetime Warranty Plus.
PCB and ICP are registered trademarks of PCB Group, Inc.

For more information, please contact :-

PCB Piezotronics Ltd.
Tel: +44(0)1462 429710
Fax: +44(0)1462 429798
Email:
ukinfo@pcb.com
Website:
www.pcbsensors.co.uk

October 2010

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