• Vortex Gas Detector
  • Vortex


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  • Robust and reliable
  • Easy push-button operation
  • Flexible configuration
  • Adjustable on-site
  • Flame-proof formats available

Product Details

Vortex offers all the flexibility you will need while still being simple to operate. All the day-to-day operations can be completed via push buttons on the front panel. With up to 12 channels*, including up to 3 for fire, Vortex can be customised to meet your site requirements, however complex, without the need for extensive cabling.

Wall mounted: Vortex

A standalone unit for surface mounting on walls, the display panel shows the fault and alarm levels for all the channels, but the LEDs only light when a hazard or fault is detected. This means the whole system can be checked at a glance. Setting adjustments can be made at the enclosure without the need for additional equipment.

Panel mounted: Vortex Panel

For fitting into an existing panel or door and offering a wide range of PSU and battery options.

19-inch rack mounted: Vortex Rack

A flexible option where modules, PSU and batteries can be supplied separately for fitting within an existing 19-inch enclosure, permitting multi-rack systems to be created.

Vortex Flameproof

Vortex flameproof (FP) systems are designed for use in ATEX Zones 1 & 2, with IP66 ingress protection; unlike many other flameproof systems, all day-to-day operations can be undertaken without opening the enclosure, removing the need for hot work permits.

Vortex FP

With up to 24 relays, the enclosure is capable of accommodating up to 4 intrinsically safe (I.S.) barriers for interfacing with I.S. detectors and alarms.

Vortex FP Compact

Not every location can accommodate a Vortex FP unit, so when space is restricted (see dimensions on the back page), Vortex FP Compact is an ideal choice with up to 16 output relays. Intrinsically safe barriers for interface with I.S. detectors and alarms must be housed in a separate enclosure.

Size470 x 306 x 170mm
(18.5 x 12 x 6.5 ins)
Weight12Kg (27lbs)
Enclosure materialBack-box: Aluminium
Front cover: ABS
Ingress protectionIP65
ChannelsUp to 12 (1 to 3 4-way input modules)
InputsGas: 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
OutputsExternal audible, visual alarm drive: Via relays, four 24Vdc 0.5A supplies provided
RelaysType: Up to 24 SPCO, contacts rated 6A @ 250Vac (1 to 3 8-way relay modules)
Assignment: Common – Mains fail, battery low, battery fail
Assignment: Voting – Alarms, faults and system events
Relay modes: Energised/de-energised, latched/non-latched, time-delayed, pulsed
Digital communicationsDCS/PLC/PC: RS-485 Modbus or Profibus
Local configuration link: RS-232 (configuration software and lead supplied)
LoggingUp to 300 alarm, power, fault, and system events are stored in Non-Volatile Memory.
Panel indicationChannel 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 IndicationAC mains: 110/120V & 220/240Vac (switchable) 50-60hz 3.2A max
DC: 20-30Vdc
Battery backup: 2Ah internal
ApprovalsLow voltage directive: EN61010-1
EMC: Directive 2014/30/EU: EN50270, FCC: CFR47 Part 15, IECES-003
ATEX: May be used in a non-hazardous area as part of an Intrinsically Safe System conforming to EN60079-25 Baseefa 05Y0090/1
Operating temperature-10°C to +40°C (14°F to 104°F)
Humidity0-95% RH non-condensing
Functional safetyValidated to IEC61508

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