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IMI Sensors Announces ATEX Approval of Series 686B Smart Vibration Switch for Use in Hazardous Areas

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IMI Sensors Announces ATEX Approval of Series 686B Smart Vibration Switch for Use in Hazardous Areas

Press release date: August 18, 2010

Depew, New York, USA - August 18, 2010 - IMI Sensors, a division of PCB Piezotronics, Inc., today announced ATEX approval of the company's Series 686B USB Programmable Smart Vibration Switch, designed for 24/7 continuous protection of cooling towers, fin fans, pumps, HVAC systems, and other critical machinery operated in hazardous areas. Meeting ATEX and CSA approval requirements for use in hazardous environments, the Series 686B is hermetically sealed and mounts with a single stud like a sensor. This Smart Vibration Switch includes an embedded piezoelectric accelerometer for accurate measurement, monitors vibration velocity for more consistent results, and provides the reliability not found in mechanical switches. Series 686B also offers a remote reset capability and USB programmable threshold and time delays to avoid false trips. The Series 686B is highly versatile, fully user programmable via USB, low cost, and a drop-in replacement for most popular mechanical vibration switches, since it only requires two wires and can replace legacy switches without the need for additional cable runs. In addition to being a more reliable device than mechanical vibration switches, the Series 686B is also a significantly lower cost alternative for many electronic vibration switch applications requiring single relay operation. IMI Sensors is dedicated to addressing the machinery vibration sensing needs for condition monitoring, predictive maintenance, and process control requirements. All IMI sensors and vibration switches are designed to withstand the rigors of harsh industrial environments. Included are sensors that interface directly with vibration data collectors and analysis equipment, as well as process monitoring equipment, PLC, DCS, alarm, and SCADA systems. For more information about IMI Sensors please call us anytime at 800-959-4464, or visit www.imi-sensors.com. PCB Piezotronics, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of force, torque, load, strain, pressure, acoustic and vibration sensors, as well as the pioneer of ICP® technology. This instrumentation is used for test, measurement, monitoring, and feedback control requirements in automotive, aerospace, industrial, R&D, military, educational, commercial, and OEM applications. From ready-to-ship stock products, to custom-made specials, PCB® proudly stands behind all products with services you value most, including 24-hour customer support, a strategic global distribution network, and the industry's only commitment to Total Customer Satisfaction. For more information about PCB® visit www.pcb.com. Greg Slabodkin
Technical Marketing Manager
IMI Sensors/PCB Piezotronics, Inc.
3425 Walden Avenue
Depew, NY 14043
(716) 684-0002 ext. 2374
GSlabodkin@pcb.com

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