Motors & Motion
O-Z Gedney Optitrol motor control stations for hazardous industrial applications
By Alyssa Dalton
O-Z/Gedney is offering a new line of factory-sealed, explosion-proof and dust-ignition-proof control stations and pilot lights. Primarily used for remotely controlling motors in industrial areas where flammable gases are present, the Optitrol Series promises reliability under challenging conditions. Optitrol’s heavy-duty enclosure confines electrical arcing; the malleable iron enclosure and its cover are given a triple coat of zinc, chromate and epoxy powder for corrosion resistance. The stations are offered in dozens of combinations of pushbuttons, pilot lights and selector switches, in either one- or two-gang box configurations (as well as three-device and tandem boxes). All are available in both dead-end and feed-through 1/2-in., 3/4-in. and 1-in. hubs. Heavy-duty contacts are rated 10A, 600vAC. Optitrol control stations are rated for Class I, Div 1; Class I, Div 2; Class II, Div 1 and 2; and Class III hazardous locations. They are also rated NEMA 3 for outdoor use.