Temperature Measurement in Hazardous Locations
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Temperature Measurement Solutions for Use in Hazardous Locations

Raytek® and Ircon® IR Products Provide Temperature Measurement Solutions for Use in Hazardous Locations
September 10, 2008
The presence of combustible gases in certain industrial environments creates a serious risk of explosions. Intrinsically safe devices prevent explosions in hazardous locations by limiting the energy and surface temperature of the device under normal operation, or when conditions arise that could become hazardous.
Devices can be approved as intrinsically safe (IS) only after passing a rigorous approval process required by a recognized entity. Instruments that feature PTB and TÜV certified hazard classes EEx ia IIC T4 and EEx ib IIC T4 approval, meaning they can be used with a large number of different gases or easily flammable vapors.
Special models of the Raytek Thermalert® TX have been certified by PTB as intrinsically safe according to hazard class EEx ib IIC T4. The TX series of two-wire fixed online infrared sensors is designed for online temperature monitoring of machinery and plant processes. The TX has a 4-20 mA interface and can be remote-programmed via the HART/RS232 interface using Windows® software. The sensors measure in a range of -18°C to 2000°C. All measuring data are displayed graphically and are stored for subsequent evaluation.
The Ircon Modline® 5 with Explosion Proof XP Housing has been designed for special Modline 5R sensors and is certified AEx d IIB + H2. The rugged, compact XP housing ensures reliability in severe industrial environments and includes remote interface via the DPM, MSI or Modline 5 Modview software to access sensor settings.
The industries that will benefit from noncontact infrared thermometers includea: petrochemical refineries and tank farms, chemical/pharmaceutical plants, fire departments when flammable gases are present, hazardous waste disposal and sewage, oil exploration (especially offshore rigs), petroleum and gas pumping stations, aviation fueling and maintenance, as well as rail, auto and ship refueling, liquid natural gas storage, arms manufacturing and storage, hydrogen generating facilities, boiler rooms, and ink, laminate, and coating processes that emit volatile vapors.
An infrared thermometer enables you to recognize equipment malfunctions or process problems before they can affect the operational process or result in process downtime. This makes them valuable additional tools for plant and equipment maintenance and repair prevention.
Best of all, Infrared is Green
• Increased yield
• Extended equipment life
• Reduced energy and waste
• Paperless reporting and storage
About Raytek and Ircon
Headquartered in Santa Cruz, California, Ircon has joined with Raytek to offer a complete IR solution, including the industry's most complete line of infrared sensors, linescanners and process imaging systems. Raytek, a Fluke company, is the worldwide leader in noncontact temperature measurement. Raytek designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of infrared (IR) temperature measurement instruments for industrial, maintenance and quality control applications. Raytek distributes its products worldwide with subsidiaries located in Europe and China. For more information, visit www.raytek.com or www.ircon.com.
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