Vortex FP


Simple to Use

  • All the day-to-day operations can be completed via push buttons on the front panel – removing the requirement for hot-work permits to complete everyday tasks
  • Fault and alarm LEDs on the front panel – providing instant indication of system status
  • Alarm and channel settings can be adjusted at the panel

 Highly flexibile

  • Available in two sizes, including a compact format – for use in areas where space is a limiting factor
  • Uses Vortex PC software – customisation is easy and user-friendly
  • Uses industry standard Modbus RTU (or optionally Profibus) communications links – simple to integrate with PLC, DCS or SCADA control systems

Robust and Reliable

  • Water and dust resistant to IP66
  • All relays are monitored continuously – ensuring full functionality


Vortex Vortex Rack/Panel
Size 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)
Weight 70Kgs (154lbs) approx. 37.5kgs (83lbs) approx.
Enclosure material LM25 aluminium with polyester powder coating
Ingress protection IP66
Channels Up to 12 (1 to 3 4-way input modules)
Operating temperature -10°C to +40°C (14°F to +140°F)
Humidity 0-95% RH non-condensing
Inputs Gas    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
Outputs External audible/visual alarm drive Via relays, four 24Vdc 0.5A supplies provided.
Relays Type 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 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 DCS/PLC/PC:  RS-485 Modbus or Profibus
Local configuration link: RS-232 (configuration software and lead supplied)
Event logging Up to 300 alarm, power, fault, system events are stored in Non-Volatile Memory
Panel indication Channel number:  2-digit 7-segment Green LED
Gas reading: 4-digit 7-segment Red LED
Measurement units:  % LEL, ppm, % Vol, Fire
Power:  Green LED
Battery OK:  Green LED
Run/hold indication:  Green LED
Channel test mode:  Flashing Amber LED
System fault – integrity watchdog:  Amber LED
Displayed information can be altered and outputs can be inhibited during calibration using a magnetic key
Alarm indication Audible – internal sounder:  Piezo
Visual – Alarm: Level 1 & 2, Red LED; Fault – Per channel, Amber LED; Inhibit – Per zone, Amber LED
Power AC mains/DC: 110 or 240Vac 3.2A max 150W PSU 20 – 30Vdc 85 – 264Vac 0.8A max 75W PSU 20 – 30Vdc
Battery back-up: not available
Approvals Low voltage directive: EN61010-1
EMC: Directive 2014/30/EU: EN50270, FCC: CRF47 Part 15, ICES-003
ATEX: Ex II 2G D Zone 1, Zone 2, IECEx optional
Functional safety Validated to IEC61508