Crowcon Vortex Gas Detection Control Panel, 4 Input Channels with 1 Relay Module - Vortex 4 / 1

  • Crowcon Vortex Gas Detection Control Panel, 4 Input Channels with 1 Relay Module - Vortex 4 / 1
  • Crowcon Vortex Gas Detection Control Panel, 4 Input Channels with 1 Relay Module - Vortex 4 / 1
  • Crowcon Vortex Gas Detection Control Panel, 4 Input Channels with 1 Relay Module - Vortex 4 / 1
  • Crowcon Vortex Gas Detection Control Panel, 4 Input Channels with 1 Relay Module - Vortex 4 / 1

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Vortex 4/1 Vortex Gas Detection Control Panel, 4 Input Channels with 1 Relay Module by Crowcon

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

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 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

Vortex flameproof (FP) systems are designed for use in ATEX Zones 1 & 2, with IP66 ingress protection, Unlike many other flameproof systems, all day-to-day operations can be undertaken without opening the enclosure, removing the need for hot work permits.

Vortex FP

With up to 24 relays, the enclosure is 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)
  • Each channel has 1 fault level and 3 alarm levels which can be combined in any pattern to trigger up to 32 output relays.
  • Can be factory set to your requirements. Then when in situ, can easily be configured to suit your requirements using Vortex PC software.
  • Push buttons on front display
  • LED display panel lights
  • Up to 12 devices can be monitored by reviewing just one control panel - saving time and manpower
  • Flexibility built in; initially configured to suit your operational needs, then channels/alarms are easily customised by you if requirements change
  • Day to day operations are easily undertaken
  • Faults are easily seen and whole system can be checked at a glance

Installation and Maintenance

  • Modbus compatibility
  • Space within units for access to cable terminals
  • Uses industry standard communication links
  • Any adjustments are performed electronically
  • Separate zones can be individually inhibited
  • Modular construction
  • No extensive cabling required; cable connections within the unit are easy
  • Simple to integrate into existing control systems
  • Minimal maintenance – no drift from adjustable potentiometers
  • You can work on specific areas without affecting the rest of the system
  • Replacement parts if required just plug straight in

Compliance and Reliability

  • Validated to IEC 61508 (SIL 1)
  • System monitors relays continuously
  • Internal battery pack
  • Demonstrates system dependability
  • Coil faults are identified immediately without input from you
  • Power outs are not a problem
  • Internal battery pack continuously monitored for charge levels and connection
  • System is operational at all times

Vortex Rack/Panel
Vortex FP
Vortex FP Compact
470 x 306 x 170mm
(18.5 x 12 x 6.5 ins)

Rack display: standard 19" 3U

Panel display: 441 x 128mm
(cut-out 366 x 84.5mm)

Modules, PSU and batteries are supplied separately for fitting within a cabinet.

440 x 640 x 332mm
(17.3 x 25 x 13 ins)
450 x 330 x 289mm
(17.6 x 13 x 11.4 ins)
12Kg (27lbs)
Dependant on configuration
70Kgs (154lbs) approx.
37.5kgs (83lbs) approx.
Enclosure material
Back-box: Aluminium
Front cover: ABS
Not applicable
LM25 aluminium with polyester powder coating
Ingress protection
Cabinet dependent
Up to 12 (1 to 3 4-way input modules)
2 or 3 wire 4-20mA (sink or source), 0-5V
Fire - smoke & heat detectors, manual call-points
Up to 3 loops, Up to 20 devices per loop
External audible/visual alarm drive
Via relays, four 24Vdc 0.5A supplies provided.
Up to 24 SPCO, contacts rated 6A @ 250Vac (1 to 3 8-way relay modules)
Up to 32 SPCO with bus extension module
Relay limitations: 1 or 2 input modules: 2 relay modules max. (16 relays) 3 input modules: 1 relay module only (8 relays)
Assignment - Common
Mains fail, battery low, battery fail
Battery back-up not available
Assignment - Voting
Alarms, faults and system events
Relay modes
Energised/de-energised, latched/non-latched, time-delayed, pulsed
Digital communications
RS-485 Modbus or Profibus
Local configuration link
RS-232 (configuration software and lead supplied)
Up to 300 alarm, power, fault, system events are stored in Non-Volatile Memory
Panel indication
Channel number
2-digit 7-segment Green LED
Indications as per Vortex.

Displayed information can be altered and outputs can be inhibited during calibration using a magnetic key
Gas reading
4-digit 7-segment Red LED
Measurement units
% LEL, ppm, % Vol, Fire
Green LED
Battery OK
Green LED
Run/hold indication
Green LED
Channel test mode
Flashing Amber LED
System fault - integrity watchdog
Amber LED
Alarm indication
Audible - internal sounder
Visual - Alarm
Level 1 & 2, Red LED
Visual - Fault
Per channel, Amber LED
Visual - Inhibit
Per zone, Amber LED
AC mains
110/120V & 220/240Vac (switchable) 50-60hz 3.2A max
110Vac or 240Vac
3.2A max 150W PSU
20 - 30Vdc
85 - 264Vac
0.8A max 75W PSU
20 - 30Vdc
Battery back-up
2Ah internal
Battery back-up not available
Low voltage directive
EN50270, FCC, ICES
Hazardous area
Not applicable
ATEX Ex 112G, IECEx optional
Operating temperature
-10 to +40°C (14 to 104°F)
0-95% RH non-condensing
Functional safety
Validated to IEC61508