Appleton's ATX FE series fluorescent fixtures endure in hazardous locations

March 19, 2013
Date Announced: 19 Mar 2013 ROSEMONT, IL - When building an oil rig designed to last as long as 25 years, users want assurance that lighting fixtures will stand the test of time without failing. With fluorescent tube luminaires, many users have questions about how the waterproof protection of an expansive cover seal that must be opened for lamp replacement, as well as the wind and impact resistance of a relatively large fixture housing.Appleton has addressed these concerns with the ATX FE Series of nonmetallic fluorescent luminaires available in both standard and battery back-up models.Designed for reliable operation over a 25-year lifecycle, these increased safety luminaires have an IP66/67 ingress protection rating thanks to a strong, high-impact seal that can be replaced in the unlikely event it should fail. With a cover and housing designed to resist high winds and shock, these luminaires have been proven in extreme onshore and offshore environments from the Asia Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico. For operations at the other end of the climate spectrum, the 55°C (130° F) ambient temperature rating and high UV tolerance mean the ATX FE Series is right at home in the heat, sand and bright sun of the Middle East.But all that protection from the outside environment doesn't mean these luminaires are difficult to open for maintenance. They feature an unbreakable rack-and-pinion mechanism that can be unlocked with a single Allen wrench or flat screwdriver, while preventing the luminaire from being energized unless the cover is properly closed and locked. Pinholders are designed so that the fluorescent tube can't be inserted the wrong way. An IP2X terminal shield cover allows an electrician to work safely on the ballast even with mains power present, and the terminal block is designed for easy wiring.Other hard-working features of ATX FE luminaires include:• Hinged parabolic reflector for high lumen output efficiency;• Electronic multi-tap ballast 110 to 254 Vac/Vdc +/- 10% 50/60 Hz, for global applications;• Two channel ballast prevents dark areas by allowing one lamp to remain lit if one fails;• Available in 3 hours emergency version, including multi-tap ballast with built-in monthly self test.ATX FE luninaires can be installed in hazardous areas designated as Zone 1, 2, 21 and 22, indoors or outdoors where protection against dirt, water and moisture is necessary. In addition to oil and petrochemical facilities, applications include: pulp and paper mills, food processing plants, warehouses, underground tunnels and general manufacturing facilities. About AppletonAppleton is a premium line of hazardous location products under the EGS Electrical Group family of brands. EGS Electrical Group is a worldwide manufacturer of electrical products for virtually every type of environment. Distributors, contractors, engineers, electricians and site maintenance professionals around the world trust EGS brands to make electrical installations safer, more productive and more reliable. EGS is organized into three focused businesses that provide distributors and end-users expert knowledge and excellent service. It is part of the EGS Electrical Group, LLC, a division of Emerson Industrial Automation and is headquartered in Rosemont, IL.About Emerson Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2012 were $24.4 billion.

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