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Combining Explosion Protection Techniques to Reach Success

Posted by Alex Dzatko on Fri, Jul 29, 2016

Integrating complex electrical systems and components into hazardous areas typically requires combining different methods of industrial explosion protection to achieve a safe and certified solution. Our Solution Engineering Centers have the ability and the experience as a system integrator for solutions going into Zone 1 and 21 or Zone 2 and 22 areas. Our ATEX and IECEx certificates offer great flexibility, allowing  unique solutions for the challenges of putting complex electrical equipment in hazardous locations around the world.

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Topics: Purge/ Pressurization Systems, Approvals/ Certifications, Explosion Protection Equipment

Because Sometimes You Need More Than an Intrinsic Safety Barrier

Posted by David Hohenstein on Thu, Sep 03, 2015

There are times when you need only an intrinsic safety barrier or surge protection to get the job done. But what if you need more than just a component, something more customized, something like a complete system solution—including documentation and certification? Sure, you could always build your own and have it certified yourself. But it's time consuming, and the number of approval standards and certification bodies is enormous. You really need to be focusing on keeping your plant running.

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Topics: Approvals/ Certifications, Hazardous Area Enclosures/ Equipment, Intrinsic Safety Barriers

Succeeding with the Solutions Engineering Center (SEC)

Posted by Barbara Vazquez-Isla on Fri, Jan 31, 2014

Customized, certified solutions for hazardous locations

In Pepperl+Fuchs lingo, “SEC” stands for Solutions Engineering Center. Our newest SEC location is in Houston, Texas. Other SEC locations include one in Twinsburg, Ohio as well as international locations in England, Germany, Singapore, and Australia.

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Topics: Approvals/ Certifications, Hazardous Area Enclosures/ Equipment

What’s My Hazardous Area Zone?

Posted by Matt Pavlik on Fri, Jan 10, 2014

Do you need a control panel for installation in a Zone 1 or Zone 2 hazardous area? Unlike the North American Class and Division hazardous area systems, not all Zone areas are created equal.

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Topics: Terminology, Ask an Expert, Approvals/ Certifications

Industrial HMI and HMI Systems

Posted by Andy LaMar on Fri, Jun 07, 2013

Lou Szabo, Pepperl+Fuchs Business Development Manager for industrial HMI solutions, is interviewed about 2013 trends in industrial HMI systems, new HMI products - including larger sizes of industrial displays for hazardous areas, and the new VisuNet XT industrial operator workstation, which is designed for use in extreme environments.

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Topics: Applications, Industrial Monitors/ HMI, Approvals/ Certifications

A Rugged Operator Workstation for Oil Rigs

Posted by Andy LaMar on Fri, May 31, 2013

VisuNet XT HMI is designed for rig floor use...

At the 2013 OTC show in Houston, TX, Pepperl+Fuchs launched the VisuNet XT, which is our most rugged and innovative industrial operator workstation to date.

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Topics: Applications, Industrial Monitors/ HMI, Approvals/ Certifications

Why Would I Use a NAMUR Output Sensor?

Posted by Robert Pasho on Thu, May 30, 2013

Proximity sensors and encoders can have NAMUR output

NAMUR is a type of sensor output that gives an on or off indication. There are different reasons why you may need a NAMUR sensor. I will go through some of them here.

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Topics: Rotary Encoders, Terminology, Inductive Sensors, Capacitive Sensors, Photoelectric Sensors, Approvals/ Certifications, Magnetic Sensors

Connecting Pepperl+Fuchs HMI Solutions to Rockwell Automation Control Systems

Posted by Lou Szabo on Thu, Mar 14, 2013

We receive a number of requests each month about connecting a Pepperl+Fuchs industrial HMI workstation to a Rockwell Automation Control System. Some of these installations are upgrades of HMI workstations that have failed, others are new installations. The simple answer is - yes we can!

There are a couple of questions you will need to answer:

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Topics: Industrial Monitors/ HMI, Approvals/ Certifications

Class I Applications for Type Y and Type Z Purge Systems

Posted by Brent Dean on Fri, Mar 01, 2013

Differences between the WPS and WPSA pressure switches

When selecting a Type Y or Type Z purge system, how do you know when to select the WPS (EPSK-1) or WPSA (EPSK-1A) pressure switch, and what is the difference? When selecting which pressure switch to use, first you must determine what hazardous gas group your enclosure is going to be located in (Group A, B, C, D, etc.).

The WPS pressure switch is rated for Class I Division 1 or 2 gas groups C and D. The WPSA switch is rated for Class I Division 1 or 2 gas groups A-D. For gas group C or D, you can use either switch. However, for gas group A or B, you must use the WPSA switch because it is certified for this area.

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Topics: Purge/ Pressurization Systems, Ask an Expert, Approvals/ Certifications

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