Pepperl+Fuchs has now reinforced its position as a supplier of Ex-equipment with the introduction of the SR series. The new stainless steel enclosure series joins the GR series, made of glass fiber-reinforced plastic, in the range of the process automation specialist. The new series tops off a portfolio of highly flexible and cost-effective control and distribution solutions in type of protection Ex e (Increased Safety).
Initially, several versions of remote I/O enclosures will be available following the market launch of the SR series, which is geared toward the requirements of the oil and gas, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. These versions will be continuously supplemented by further options, such as terminal boxes and control stations, control units, switch disconnectors and safety switches, and fieldbus solutions, so that users can benefit from a complete portfolio in the future.
SR—Cost-Effective Ex e Stainless Steel Enclosures for Various Applications
The SR series—in durable stainless steel—comprises more than 30 enclosure sizes to meet the precise dimension requirements of every intended use. To further increase cost effectiveness, the IP66 / NEMA 4X enclosures are always reduced to a basic version. Any accessories, such as gland plates, hinges, ¼ turn locks, and lid security, are only integrated by Pepperl+Fuchs in accordance with the corresponding customer specification. Various international approvals permit worldwide use in a whole host of applications.
Depending on the application requirements, the enclosures, which are certified for a temperature range of -60 °C to +120 °C, can be mounted vertically or horizontally in the operating location. All SR series versions that are suitable for wall mounting can be screwed in directly using mounting brackets that rotate by 90° or rivet nuts, without further adaptation. If the SR series is used as a control station, the contact blocks can be fixed either to a rail or directly to the enclosure cover.
GR—The Sister Series Made of Glass Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Material
In strategic and technological terms, the SR series complements the established GR series as an addition to the Pepperl+Fuchs portfolio. The GR series comprises a range of IP66 / NEMA 4X enclosures made of glass fiber-reinforced, antistatic, highly resistant polyester. The UV-stabilized material is highly durable and offers excellent corrosion resistance.
The innovative design of the GR series makes mounting considerably easier: decoupled mounting steps mean that even large and heavy enclosures can be installed by a single person. Like the SR series, the GR series offers many different dimensions and options to cover a wide range of application requirements.
Ex e Control and Distribution Solutions from a Single Source
The two Ex e enclosure series are linked by Pepperl+Fuchs’ overarching service concept, which focuses on maximizing vertical integration and providing extensive support for users at all times. In addition to the regional field service, customers have access to product specialists in six globally distributed Solution Engineering Centers (SECs) who can assist with everything from the preparation of quotations to the engineering, design, and certification of customized control and distribution solutions.
With 6300 employees worldwide, Pepperl+Fuchs recorded sales of EUR 715 million in 2019. The Group is one of the leading companies for industrial sensor technology and explosion protection. The headquarters in Mannheim, Germany, represents the core of the company’s technical expertise, where engineers and specialists research and develop the latest technologies and products. Originally a small family business founded in 1945, Pepperl+Fuchs is now represented on all continents by more than 40 subsidiaries. Our global presence gives us the best of both worlds: the highest technical standards plus efficient, cost-effective production facilities. Pepperl+Fuchs has developed into a partner for worldwide users of automation technology, and offers the most comprehensive portfolio of tried-and-tested components for the demands of manufacturing automation and process automation.