Intrinsically safe calibrator and communicator

Louise Davis

Beamex introduces an advanced, intrinsically safe field calibrator and communicator, called Beamex MC6-Ex.

In many process industries, there are certain areas in the plant that are classified as a Hazardous Area or Ex area. This is an area that contains, or may contain flammable substances; gas, vapour or dust.

Typical industries with hazardous areas include chemical and petrochemical industries, offshore and onshore oil and gas, oil refining, the pharmaceutical industry, food and beverage, energy production, paint shops and mining.

If you want to take a normal, non-Ex calibrator into a hazardous area, you will need a hot-work permit – this takes time, effort and bureaucracy.

Then, you will need to make a risk analysis and carry additional safety equipment with you such as gas analysers.

Using an Ex certified intrinsically safe calibrator in an Ex area is the safest and easiest choice.

Suitable for field use

Now, Beamex introduces a new calibrator called Beamex MC6-Ex.

The Beamex MC6-Ex is an advanced, high-accuracy calibrator and communicator with outstanding functionality. It is a documenting, multifunction calibrator and communicator that offers calibration capabilities for pressure, temperature and various electrical signals. It also contains a field communicator for HART, FOUNDATION Fieldbus and Profibus PA instruments.

MC6-Ex is an IEC and ATEX certified calibrator and can be used in any Ex Zone / Division, even in the most demanding - Zone 0 / Division 1. The certification classification is Ex II 1 G and Ex ia IIC T4 Ga.

It is important to notice that some Ex calibrators/devices on the market are not suitable for all Ex areas in the plant - potentially causing dangerous situations.

The robust, IP65-rated dust- and waterproof casing, ergonomic design, and ease-of-use make the MC6-Ex an ideal device for field use.

The MC6-Ex communicates with Beamex calibration management software, enabling fully automated and paperless calibration and documentation. The MC6-Ex can also be part of the paperless integration to the customer’s own ERP system.

Other features include: internal loop supply, up to three internal pressure measurement modules and external modules, large 5.7-inch backlit colour display with touchscreen and multilingual user interface, smart field-replaceable battery pack, built-in field communicator, documenting capability and a data logger functionality.

Also, communication with pressure and temperature controllers is possible in a safe area.