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Tuesday, August 6, 2019 

Eaton has launched a new range of MED approved sounders and quick fit beacons designed to combat the harsh conditions found in the marine environment.

Designed to operate in temperatures as low as -40°c. through to +70°c, X10 is built from a combination of polycarbonate and ASA, making it resistant to UV light. X10 is designed for warning and life safety signalling in marine-based applications both above and below deck. Backed up by a 10-year warranty, the range is MED (Marine Equipment Directive) certified and meets the requirements of both IP69K & IK08 standards.

James Morgan, Product Manager said “We set out to design a new range of beacons and sounder beacons to best prevent water ingress and product failure due to operating in a salt corrosive environment.  For that, we had to consider a huge variation in climatic conditions, how to best perform in hot dusty enclosed spaces through to the cold, wet and windswept conditions on the high seas.  It’s vital that safety devices remain operational and can withstand these harsh environments.  We have designed X10 to keep running with minimal maintenance, for years to come, whatever environment it finds itself in.”

Designed as a modular system, it offers 144 different combinations across AC and DC low voltage and AC mains, with a choice of 102 tones and six different coloured LED beacons to cover virtually every application needed by the marine industry. X10 is available in three housing sizes, Mini, Midi and Maxi, with adjustable volumes of between 90 dB(a) to 120 dB(a) depending on product.  The LED beacon can be swapped out if needed in under 30 seconds.

For durability, silicone gaskets replace the standard EPDM foam, and it has stainless steel 316 fasteners to prevent corrosion.

X10 is fully tested to meet MED requirements and ensure no interference with other critical ship systems. It meets the requirements of EN54-3, so within a marine environment it can be put to use for general signalling in open water and coastal regions.

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