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Proximity probe holders for hazardous areas

Proximity probe holders for hazardous areas

Condition monitoring specialist Sensonics has introduced the ECPHS eddy current probe holder which is designed for use with the company’s range of API 670 compliant XPR04 proximity probes. Developed as a new option from its well proven Senturion X range, these reverse mount probes fitted in the holders, are used in machinery protection systems on the most critical of industrial machines.

The use of an eddy current probe holder allows probe and extension cable access externally to the machine enabling gap adjustment, or the ability to retract the probe for replacement. One of the main benefits of this is that it eliminates the need to disassemble the machine and the associated costs of additional labour and lost production.

Previously the probe holder’s connection head was manufactured in cast aluminium with a painted finish, so if used outside the traditional power generation market there may well have been corrosion issues. More importantly, it would be completely unacceptable in an ATEX Zone 0 location due to the aluminium content.

Now manufactured in stainless steel including the connection head, the ECPHS probe holder can be used in the harshest of environments – for example, in the oil, gas and petrochem market, onshore or offshore – as it’s now compliant with ATEX require-ments.

In addition, there will no longer be the potential of corrosion preventing access to the smart probe position adjustment mechanism at a later date, after initial installation.

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