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Crowcon Vortex Gas Detection Control Panel


  1 to 12 channel control system Vortex Rack
  19 rack mounted control system Vortex Panel
  Panel mounted control system Vortex FP
  Exd Flameproof control system Vortex FP Compact
  Exd Flameproof control system

Vortex is the powerful package that has flexibility built-in.

With up to 12 channels of gas including up to 3 of fire, Vortex can be customised to meet your site requirements, however complex, without the need for extensive cabling.

All this and it is simplicity itself to operate and maintain.

Simple to use

  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.
  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. Thus the whole system can be checked at a glance.
  Even when there is a need to change the alarm or channel settings all of these adjustments can be made at the enclosure without the need for additional equipment.

Robust & reliable

  You can rely on Vortex because it has been tested to the highest environmental standards. It is rated IP65 for dust and water ingress.
  Not only does it meet all the current legislation, but it also has been designed to meet the latest gas detection EMC standards.
  For your safety all the relays are monitored continuously: coil faults are identified immediately ensuring system integrity.
  Power failures are not a problem as Vortex has its own internal battery back-up which is monitored continuously for connection integrity and charge levels.
  Vortex has been validated to the functional safety standard IEC 61508 (SIL 1).

Ultimate flexibility

  Vortex can be configured to match all of your site requirements, whatever they may be, with an absolute minimum of wiring.
  Each channel has 1 fault and 3 levels of alarm which can be combined in any pattern: voting, to trigger up to a maximum of 32 output relays.
  Customisation is easy too. It can be factory set to your requirements or altered at any time by a PC using the Vortex PC software. This allows extensive systems to be configured without the need for complex cabling.
  Vortex uses industry standard communication links so it is simple to integrate it with your existing control system.


Easy maintenance

  Vortex has been specially designed to make servicing and maintenance simple and convenient.
  The modular construction means that replacement parts simply plug in.
  Space inside the enclosure has been maximised to improve access for cable termination so that cabling is easy.
  Each zone can be inhibited separately to allow you to work on a specific area without affecting the rest of the system.
  All adjustments are performed electronically thus the problems of drift from adjustable potentiometers has been removed reducing maintenance to a minimum.

Systems Options

In addition to the standard wall-mounted panel, Vortex is also available in modular and hazardous area certified versions. Vortex Rack is supplied with a standard 19 display panel and input/output modules, PSU and batteries for fitment within any standard 19 enclosure. Vortex Panel is designed for flush-mounting into any door or panel. Vortex FP is ATEX certified for use in Zone 1 or Zone 2 hazardous areas, such as on oil production vessels and within industrial analyser shelters.


Data Sheet

Ordering Information


Standard Wall Mounting Vortex (with power supply and battery backup)

C011102 Vortex 4/0 - 4 input channels with no relay modules
C011106 Vortex 8/0 - 8 input channels with no relay modules
C011111 Vortex 12/0 - 12 input channels with no relay modules
C011103 Vortex 4/1 - 4 input channels with 1 relay module
C011107 Vortex 8/1 - 8 input channels with 1 relay module
C011112 Vortex 12/1 - 12 input channels with 1 relay module
C011104 Vortex 4/2 - 4 input channels with 2 relay modules
C011108 Vortex 8/2 - 8 input channels with 2 relay modules
C011113 Vortex 12/2 - 12 input channels with 2 relay modules
C011105 Vortex 4/3 - 4 input channels with 3 relay modules
C011109 Vortex 8/3 - 8 input channels with 3 relay modules
C011114 Vortex 12/3 - 12 input channels with 3 relay modules
C011101 Vortex 4/4 - 4 input channels with 4 relay modules
C011110 Vortex 8/4 - 8 input channels with 4 relay modules

Vortex Rack and Vortex Panel

VXP Vortex Panel - basic elements (display, Bus PCB, node controller, Vortex PC/lead, instructions card, manual) - no power supply *Vortex Panel - basic elements (display, Bus PCB, node controller, Vortex PC/lead, instructions card, manual) - no power supply *Vortex Panel - basic elements (display, Bus PCB, node controller, Vortex PC/lead, instructions card, manual) - no power supply *
VXR Vortex Rack - basic elements (display, Bus PCB, node controller, Vortex PC/lead, instructions card, manual) - no power supply *Vortex Rack - basic elements (display, Bus PCB, node controller, Vortex PC/lead, instructions card, manual) - no power supply *Vortex Rack - basic elements (display, Bus PCB, node controller, Vortex PC/lead, instructions card, manual) - no power supply *
Vortex CORE Vortex basic elements (no display, Bus PCB, node controller, Vortex PC/lead, instructions card, manual) - no power supply *Vortex basic elements (no display, Bus PCB, node controller, Vortex PC/lead, instructions card, manual) - no power supply *Vortex basic elements (no display, Bus PCB, node controller, Vortex PC/lead, instructions card, manual) - no power supply *
S01935 4-channel input module (quad channel unit)
S01939 8 channel relay module
S01941 Power monitoring module
00144A Battery charger assembly - fully described in Gasmonitor section
C01800 Vortex bus extension (for adding fourth relay module)
E01726 Power supply (150W, 27 Vdc output)
E01008 2.1 Ah battery (two required per Vortex)

Vortex 19" Rack Wall-Mounted Enclosures

M02071 6U - IP55 enclosure for one Vortex (345(h) x 373(d)mm)
M02158 9U - IP55 enclosure for 1 Vortex (478(h) x 473(d)mm)
M02363 12U - IP55 enclosure for 2 Vortex (612(h) x 473(d)mm)
447/1 15U - IP55 enclosure for 3 Vortex (746(h) x 473(d)mm)
M02364 21U - IP55 enclosure for 4 Vortex (1012(h) x 473(d)mm)

Vortex Accessories

C011013 For one detector
C011014 For two detectors
C011015 For three detectors
C011016 For four detectors
00011E Dual mA to mV converter module. DIN-rail mounted module enables 1 or 2 mV bridge type detectors to be connected to Vortex. Cannot be mounted within a standard wall-mounted Vortex enclosure.
E07600 RS-485 to RS-232 converter
E07404 RS232 F-M 1m lead
2618/1 Profibus module. Enables one Vortex system to be addressed on a Profibus DP network. DIN-rail mounted module.

Vortex Spares

S011029 Vortex Panel display
M05746 Vortex Panel display overlay label
S011030 Vortex Rack display
S01913 Vortex wall mounted display
S01937/3 Node control module
S01886 Bus PCB assembly
E07554 Set of ribbon cables (PMM - Node Controller - Display, 3 metres long)
C01768 Vortex bus spares assembly
M07211 Vortex installation, maintenance and operating instruction manual
E07534 Battery fuse assembly
E07533 Vortex PC connection lead
M04565 Vortex front panel only (without PCB, inner plate, lock, labels or seal)
M05678 Vortex front panel label
M05717 Vortex label
M05718 Crowcon label
M04563 Door seal (6mm foam cord x 1.5 metres)
C01794 Vortex power monitoring module mounting kit
M07212 Vortex instruction card
M04561 M20 cable entry blanking plug (requires gasket, see below)
M04562 Gasket for blanking plug
M02315 Door key
E07100 2-way connector (PMM battery connector)
E07101 3-way connector (Quad module/Relay module)
E01721 Fuse, mini-blade 5A. For power monitoring module 24V outputs
E07524 Ribbon cable assembly for standard Vortex
M02323 Case vent assembly
M04577 Module retention clip

Vortex FP

C011184 VX-FP 4/0 - 4 input channels, no relay modules
C011185 VX-FP 8/0 - 8 input channels, no relay modules
C011186 VX-FP 12/0 - 12 input channels, no relay modules
C011187 VX-FP 4/1 - 4 input channels, 1 relay module
C011188 VX-FP 8/1 - 8 input channels, 1 relay module
C011189 VX-FP 12/1 - 12 input channels, 1 relay module
C011190 VX-FP 4/2 - 4 input channels, 2 relay modules
C011191 VX-FP 8/2 - 8 input channels, 2 relay modules
C011192 VX-FP 12/2 - 12 input channels, 2 relay modules
C011193 VX-FP 4/3 - 4 input channels, 3 relay modules
C011194 VX-FP 8/3 - 8 input channels, 3 relay modules
C011195 VX-FP 12/3 - 12 input channels, 3 relay modules
C011196 VX-FP 4/4 - 4 input channels, 4 relay modules
C011197 VX-FP 8/4 - 8 input channels, 4 relay modules

Vortex FP Compact

C011309 VX-FP 4/1 - 4 input channels, 1 relay module
C011334 VX-FP 8/1 - 8 input channels, 1 relay module
C011335 VX-FP 12/1 - 12 input channels, 1 relay module
C011336 VX-FP 4/2 - 4 input channels, 2 relay modules
C011337 VX-FP 8/2 - 8 input channels, 2 relay modules

Vortex FP Spares

S011095 Display PCB, display replacement - complete
M051019 Display label
C01697 Crowmag, magnetic key for display functions
E07576 Flip-top fused terminal for AC mains supply of DC distribution.



Please note - Product designs and specifications are subject to change without notice. The user is responsible for determining the suitability of this product.

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