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Vortex

1-12 Channel Flexible Format Control System




Vortex is our most flexible control package that can be customised to meet your site requirements, however complex, without the need for extensive cabling.







Overview

Vortex is available in four formats:
Wall mounted (Vortex)
19" rack mounted (Vortex rack)
Panel mounted (Vortex panel) or
Exd Flameproof (Vortex FP)

Vortex Rack & Panel comprise just the essential input, output and controller modules mounted on a DIN rail. An optional display module is available in panel-mounting and 19" Rack formats. This configuration is ideal for incorporation into a variety of specialist enclosures, such as 19" format or those with high ingress protection. Other standard features include RS-485 Modbus communications for remote non-intrusive calibration and configuration.

Channels and display

  • 1 to 12 channels (including 3 for fire) - up to 12 devices can be monitored by reviewing just one control panel, saving time and manpower
  • Each channel has 1 fault level and 3 alarm levels which can be combined in any pattern to trigger up to 32 output relays - flexibility built in, initially configured to suit your operational needs, then channels/alarms are easily customised by you if requirements change
  • Can be factory set to your requirements. Then when in situ, can easily be configured to suit your needs using Vortex PC software
  • Push buttons on front display - day-to-day operations are easily undertaken
  • LED display panel lights - faults are easily seen and whole system can be checked at a glance

Installation and maintenance

  • Modbus compatability - no extensive cabling required; cable connections within the unit are easy
  • Space within units for access to cable terminals
  • Uses industry standard communication links - simple to integrate into existing control systems
  • Any adjustments are performed electronically - minimal maintenance and no drift from adjustable potentiometers
  • Separate zones can be individually inhibited - you can work on specific areas without affecting the rest of the system
  • Modular construction - replacement parts if required, which plug straight in

Compliance and reliability

  • Validated to IEC 61508 (SIL 1) - demonstrates system dependability
  • System monitors relays continuously - coil faults are identified immediately without input from you
  • Internal battery pack* - power outs are not a problem. Internal battery pack continuously monitored for change levels and connection. System is operational at all times


Specifications

  Vortex Vortex Rack/Panel
Size 470 x 306 x 170mm (18.5 x 12 x 6.5 ins) Rack display: standard 19” 3U
Panel display: 441 x 128mm (cut-out 366 x 84.5mm)
Modules, PSU and batteries are supplied separately for fitting within a cabinet.
Weight 12Kg (27lbs) Dependant on configuration
Enclosure material Back-box: Aluminium
Front cover: ABS 
Not applicable
Ingress protection IP65 Cabinet dependent
Channels Up to 12 (1 to 3 4-way input modules)
Operating temperature -10°C to +40°C (14°F to +140°F)
Humidity 0-95% RH non-condensing
Inputs Gas    2 or 3 wire 4-20mA (sink or source), 0-5V
  Fire - smoke & heat detectors, manual call-points   Up to 3 loops, Up to 20 devices per loop 
Outputs External audible/visual alarm drive Via relays, four 24Vdc 0.5A supplies provided.
Relays Type    Up to 24 SPCO, contacts rated 6A @ 250Vac (1 to 3 8-way relay modules)  Up to 32 SPCO with bus extension module
  Assignment - Common Mains fail, battery low and fail 
  Assignment - Voting Alarms, faults and system events
  Relay modes    Energised/de-energised, latched/non-latched, time-delayed, pulsed
Digital communications DCS/PLC/PC:  RS-485 Modbus or Profibus
Local configuration link: RS-232 (configuration software and lead supplied)
Event logging Up to 300 alarm, power, fault, system events are stored in Non-Volatile Memory
Panel indication Channel number:  2-digit 7-segment Green LED
Gas reading: 4-digit 7-segment Red LED
Measurement units:  % LEL, ppm, % Vol, Fire
Power:  Green LED
Battery OK:  Green LED
Run/hold indication:  Green LED
Channel test mode:  Flashing Amber LED
System fault - integrity watchdog:  Amber LED
Alarm indication Audible - internal sounder:  Piezo
Visual - Alarm: Level 1 & 2, Red LED; Fault - Per channel, Amber LED; Inhibit - Per zone, Amber LED
Power AC mains: 110/120V & 220/240Vac (switchable) 50-60hz 3.2A max
DC: 20-30Vdc
Battery back-ip: 2Ah internal 
Approvals Low voltage directive: EN61010-1
EMC: EN50270, FCC, ICES
Functional safety Validated to IEC61508 (SIL1)

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