Sensors are Now Suitable for Hazardous Environments Globally
GROBY, UNITED KINGDOM---August 30, 2011---The UNIK 5000 pressure sensing platform from the Sensing business of GE (NYSE: GE) Measurement & Control Solutions now carries FM and FMc Approvals in addition to its existing IECEx/ATEX Intrinsically safe certifications. As a result, UNIK 5000 pressure sensors can now be used worldwide in hazardous zone applications in the oil and gas and process industries, as well as in mining. With its flexibility, versatility, accuracy and reliability, the UNIK 5000 platform has already made a significant impact throughout the industrial, aerospace, power generation and instrumentation sectors, as a pressure measurement range, that is available at short lead times to satisfy the majority of user requirements.
As Ian Abbott, product manager for the UNIK 5000 range, explains, "We have already made significant inroads into the oil and gas sector with our existing intrinsic safety certifications. The achievement of FM Approvals means that we can now satisfy hazardous zone requirements on a global scale."
By combining silicon technology and analogue circuitry with modular design and lean manufacturing techniques, the UNIK 5000 platform offers custom-built pressure sensors from standard components, matching accuracy and specification to meet individual requirements.
The high quality, piezo-resistive sensors in the UNIK 5000 platform offer high levels of performance without the use of digital electronics, so that the sensors are suitable for sensitive applications such as those requiring low power, pulse power, and fast response. They are available in a range of pressures from 70 mbar (1psi) to 700 bar (10,000psi) and in three grades of performance: industrial, improved and premium. These offer a range of accuracies from ±0.04% FS to ±0.2% FS. A choice of pressure connectors is available and electrical connectors may be selected to suit most environments with operating temperature ranges from--55 to +125°C. A suite of eight electronics boards allows outputs suitable for most applications and a further configurable option is to allow individual specification of voltage output. All 5000 Unik sensors feature low noise and high over-pressure capability and are constructed from stainless steel.
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Measurement & Control Solutions is a leading innovator in advanced, sensor-based measurement, non-destructive testing and inspection, condition monitoring and control, delivering accuracy, productivity and safety to a wide range of industries, including oil & gas, power generation, aerospace, transportation and healthcare. It has over 40 facilities in 25 countries and is part of GE Energy Services, which provides cleaner, smarter, more efficient solutions for its customers. For further information, visit www.ge-mcs.com.
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