Crowcon Vortex Gas Control System

Code: Vortex
  • 1 to 12 Channels
  • Analogue, Relay & Modbus outputs
  • Simple To Operate

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There are five Crowcon Vortex panel options available which are customisable, to meet your controller needs.

Operated by push buttons on the front panel. With up to 12 channels, including up to 3 for fire, The Vortex controller can be factory set to your requirements. Customisation after installation is also possible using Panels Pro software. Suitable for even complex sites, without needing extensive cabling.

A control panel for monitoring one to twelve gas detectors, three zones may alternatively be configured for smoke/heat detectors. The versatile modular system is available with up to 32 programmable relays. Includes gas level display, battery back-up, internal alarm, one-person calibration feature, RS-485 Modbus communications, event logging and PC software for configuration and monitoring. Available in wall mount, 19″ rack-mount or panel mounting formats.

Inputs for 4-20 mA and conventional fire detectors only. An accessory enclosure (mV to mA converter) is required to connect Xgard Type 3 or Xgard Type 4 detectors.

Relay modules will be configured as follows unless advised otherwise on order:
Relay 1 – Alarm 1 (all detectors)
Relay 2 – Alarm 2 (all detectors)

Wall-mounted: Vortex
A standalone unit for surface mounting on walls, 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. This means the whole system can be checked at a glance. Setting adjustments can be made at the enclosure without the need for additional equipment.

Panel mounted: Vortex Panel
For fitting into an existing panel or door and offering a wide range of PSU and battery options.

19-inch rack-mounted: Vortex Rack
A flexible option where modules, PSU and batteries can be supplied separately for fitting within an existing 19-inch enclosure, permitting multi-rack systems to be created.

Vortex Flameproof
ATEX Zone 1 and Zone 2 certified control systems, with IP66 ingress protection. Unlike many other flameproof systems, all day-to-day operations can be undertaken without opening the enclosure, using magnetic switches removing the need for hot work permits. Capable of accommodating up to 4 intrinsically safe (I.S.) barriers for interfacing with I.S. detectors and alarms.

Vortex FP Compact
Not every location can accommodate a Vortex FP unit, so when space is restricted. Vortex FP Compact is an ideal choice. With up to 16 output relays. Intrinsically safe barriers for interface with I.S. detectors and alarms must be housed in a separate enclosure.

Channels and display

  • 1 to 12 channels (including 3 for fire) – up to 12 devices can be monitored by reviewing just one control panel, saving time and manpower
  • Each channel has one fault level and three-alarm levels which can be combined in any pattern to trigger up to 32 output relays – flexibility built-in, initially configured to suit your operational needs, then channels/alarms are easily customised by you if requirements change
  • LED display panel lights – faults are easily seen, and the whole system can be checked at a glance

Installation and maintenance

  • Modbus Compatability – no extensive cabling required; cable connections within the unit are easy
  • Space within units for access to cable terminals
  • Uses industry-standard communication links – simple to integrate into existing control systems
  • Any adjustments are performed electronically – minimal maintenance and no drift from adjustable potentiometers
  • Separate zones can be individually inhibited – you can work on specific areas without affecting the rest of the system
  • Modular construction – replacement parts if required, which plug straight in

Compliance and reliability

  • Validated to IEC 61508 (SIL 1) – demonstrates system dependability
  • System monitors relays continuously – coil faults are identified immediately without input from you
  • Internal battery pack – power outs are not a problem. Internal battery pack continuously monitored for change levels and connection. The system is operational at all times. Option not available on flameproof versions.

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Title Size
Vortex datasheet 196 KB
Vortex Manual 1 MB

Additional information

Weight0.09 kg

Ordering Information

Standard Wall Mounting Vortex (with power supply and battery backup)
C011102Vortex 4/0 – 4 input channels, no relay modules
C011106Vortex 8/0 – 8 input channels, no relay modules
C011111Vortex 12/0 – 12 input channels, no relay modules
C011103Vortex 4/1 – 4 input channels, 1 relay module
C011107Vortex 8/1 – 8 input channels, 1 relay module
C011112Vortex 12/1 – 12 input channels, 1 relay module
C011104Vortex 4/2 – 4 input channels, 2 relay modules
C011108Vortex 8/2 – 8 input channels, 2 relay modules
C011113Vortex 12/2 – 12 input channels, 2 relay modules
C011105Vortex 4/3 – 4 input channels, 3 relay modules
C011109Vortex 8/3 – 8 input channels, 3 relay modules
C011114Vortex 12/3 – 12 input channels, 3 relay modules
C011101Vortex 4/4 – 4 input channels, 4 relay modules
C011110Vortex 8/4 – 8 input channels, 4 relay modules
Vortex Rack and Vortex Panel
VXPVortex Panel – basic elements (panel mount display, Bus PCB, node controller, Vortex PC/lead, instruction card, manual) – no power supply
VXRVortex Rack – basic elements  (19″ rack mount display, Bus PCB, node controller, Vortex PC/lead, instruction card, manual) – no power supply
Vortex COREVortex basic elements  (no display, Bus PCB, node controller, Vortex PC/lead, instruction card, manual) – no power supply
S019354-channel input module (quad-channel unit)
S019398 channel relay module
S01941Power monitoring module
00144ABattery charger assembly – fully described in Gasmonitor section
C01800Vortex bus extension (for adding fourth relay module)
C03429Vortex PSU and Plate Assembly (150W, 27Vdc output)
Power supply

 

E010082.1 Ah battery (two required per Vortex)
Vortex 19″ Rack Wall-Mounted Enclosures
M020716U – IP55 enclosure for one Vortex (345(h) x 373(d) mm)
M021589U – IP55 enclosure for 1 Vortex (478(h) x 473(d) mm)
M0236312U – IP55 enclosure for 2 Vortex (612(h) x 473(d) mm)
447/115U – IP55 enclosure for 3 Vortex (746(h) x 473(d) mm)
M0236421U – IP55 enclosure for 4 Vortex (1012(h) x 473(d) mm)
Typical Vortex Enclosure Sizes
Enclosure Height

Number of racks (with 2.1Ah batteries)

6U1
9U1 with >7Ah batteries
12U2
15U3
21U4
Vortex Accessories
C011013For one detector
C011014For two detectors
C011015For three detectors
C011016For four detectors
00011EDual mA to mV converter module. DIN-rail mounted module enables 1 or 2 mV bridge-type detectors to be connected to Vortex.
C02097USB-RS232 adaptor
E07600RS-485 to RS-232 converter
E07404RS232 F-M 1m lead
2618/1Profibus module. Enables one Vortex system to be addressed on a Profibus DP network. DIN-rail mounted module.
Vortex FP Exd Flameproof Control System
C011184VX-FP 4/0  –  4 input channels, no relay modules
C011185VX-FP 8/0  –  8 input channels, no relay modules
C011186VX-FP 12/0  –  12 input channels, no relay modules
C011187VX-FP 4/1  –  4 input channels, 1 relay module
C011188VX-FP 8/1  –  8 input channels, 1 relay module
C011189VX-FP 12/1  –  12 input channels, 1 relay module
C011190VX-FP 4/2  –  4 input channels, 2 relay modules
C011191VX-FP 8/2  –  8 input channels, 2 relay modules
C011192VX-FP 12/2  –  12 input channels, 2 relay modules
C011193VX-FP 4/3  –  4 input channels, 3 relay modules
C011194VX-FP 8/3  –  8 input channels, 3 relay modules
C011195VX-FP 12/3  –  12 input channels, 3 relay modules
C011196VX-FP 4/4  –  4 input channels, 4 relay modules
C011197VX-FP 8/4  –  8 input channels, 4 relay modules
Vortex FP Compact Exd Flameproof Control System
C011309VX-FP 4/1  –  4 input channels, 1 relay module
C011334VX-FP 8/1  –  8 input channels, 1 relay module
C011335VX-FP 12/1  –  12 input channels, 1 relay module
C011336VX-FP 4/2  –  4 input channels, 2 relay modules
C011337VX-FP 8/2  –  8 input channels, 2 relay modules
Vortex Accessories
I.S. Safety BarrierType Z728 Zener Barrier for connecting I.S. devices. A maximum of four barriers can be fitted into a system.
I.S. Safety BarrierGalvanic Isolator for connecting I.S. devices. A maximum of four barriers can be fitted into a system.

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