Ex barrier and intrinsically safe pressure sensors ? an inseparable pair

Within the European Community, intrinsically safe pressure sensors may only be used in hazardous areas if they are installed together with an Ex barrier. The combination of pressure sensor and Ex barrier must meet up with the ?Proof of intrinsic safety? relative to the 94/9/EC ATEX directive. Not absolutely all combinations of sensor and barrier from different manufacturers fulfil this condition.
On the one hand, it could be that the safety or Ex characteristic values do not match, on the other hand, the functional characteristics must also match your application. So, even though the safety-related data match, the couple of Ex barrier and pressure sensor might not match since, for example, both components work ?passively?.
(Additional information on the subject ?active?/?passive? can be found in your blog article ? Up-sell for pressure sensors: when is really a sensor active, so when passive??)
Therefore, factors to consider that you merely use barriers and sensors together whose safety-related data and function-related data match each other. We therefore directly recommend, in our intrinsically safe pressure sensors? data sheets, a potentially compatible intrinsically safe Ex barrier.
If you have any more questions, our sales department will gladly offer you a detailed application consultation.

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