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World’s first ATEX certified 5Mega pixel digital camera with strobe flash

CorDEX Instruments Ltd., a developer of portable equipment for explosive atmospheres, releases Centurion XPG ATEX Certified 5Mp digital camera with strobe flash. The robust Centurion XP-series cameras offer best-in-class visual image capture for petrochemical and chemical applications.

The new Centurion XP series cameras support applications within Zone 1 IIC T4 type G (Vapour) explosive atmospheres and will provide users with the ability to document equipment with both still and moving images.
The cameras will reach a continually increasing market as CorDEX Instruments expands its distribution network worldwide. Centurion XP series’ unique capabilities are not only restricted to the field of workplace safety.

The cameras can be used to help document compliance with Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR), assure malfunctioning equipment and processes are identified correctly, enable rapid, accurate repairs to ensure plant operation is at maximum efficiency which in turn reduces the need to extraneous fuel and a corresponding reduction in carbon emissions.

Centurion XPG also plays a key part in the Quality Control and repeatability of production processes. Each production step can be documented by a short movie file or suitable still images to ensure compliance with the original design intent. Final product anomalies such as discolouring can be recorded quickly and easily as visual images with the camera to assist with continual quality improvement.

High quality documentation
In the harsh and demanding petrochemical environment a digital camera is needed which is robust enough to provide reliable operation and clarity of image. Centurion XPG is equipped with a 5 million pixel detector array with onboard interpolation options allowing an increase in image resolution to 10 million pixels. A 4x digital zoom allows the camera to be used for both intricate plant details and wide area shots. Onboard memory options range from 512Mb to 2Gb which can allow thousands of pictures to be stored onboard (depending upon selected resolution). Images and movies can be searched within the explosive area quickly via the keypad and are viewed on the bright 2.5” TFT screen.

Centurion XPG is designed for all weather day/night operation and incorporates a high intensity strobe flash for low light work. Operating in the same manner as a standard digital camera, Centurion XPG can even compensate for over and under exposure caused by highly reflective targets. Its removable, rechargeable battery pack allows almost 3 hours continuous operation. Additional batteries can be charged in the non-hazardous area for fast turnaround, maximizing the cameras return on investment.

Communication and data exchange with the camera is performed in the non-hazardous area via a high speed USB connection. Movie sequences are stored in AVI format and can be replayed with conventional Windows Media Player software. Still images are stored in JPEG format and can be manipulated with standard image editing software.

Centurion XPG is supplied complete with a charging station, power pack, replaceable battery pack, USB wand and information CD. Additional battery packs and accessories are available from CorDEX Instruments Authorized Distributors or online.

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About CorDEX Instruments: CorDEX Instruments Ltd. is a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of portable flameproof digital camera systems for a wide variety of process control, quality and safety applications. For more information on CorDEX Instruments, visit the company's web site at www.cordexinstruments.com