Capacitive point level switches for solids
Nivector FTC968 / FTC968Z
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No moving parts
No contact with product when using protector
Specs at a glance
Function Level switch Product Bulk solids ≤ 10 mm grain size Product dielectric constant εr ≥ 1.6 Approval ATEX II 1/3 D Product temperature –20 to +80 °C (–4 to +176 °F) Probe length 81 mm (3,19") Process pressure –1 to +6 bar (–15 to +87 psi) Product / Version Price / pcs. in EUR Order code Nivector FTC968: version for non hazardous area 1 to 3 4 to 10 11+ Nivector FTC968 AC Point level switch, capacitive. Application: powder, bulk solids. Process connection: G1. Immersion: 20-71mm. Output: 2-wire, 21-253VAC. Material isolation/housing: PC, IP65.
- No set-up required.
- No moving parts.
125.- 112.- 102.- 918098-0000 Nivector FTC968 DC PNP. Same as above but with 3-wire PNP output and 10-55VDC. 125.- 112.- 102.- 918098-0140 Product / Version Price / pcs. in EUR Order code Nivector FTC968Z: version for Ex area 1 to 3 4 to 10 11+ Nivector FTC968Z AC Point level switch, capacitive. Application: powder, bulk solids. Approval: ATEX II 1/3D. Connection: G1, brass nickel plated. Immersion: 20-71mm. Output: 2-wire, 21-253VAC. Material housing: Halar (ECTFE) IP65.
- No set-up required.
- No moving parts.
170.- 153.- 139.- 918098-1000 Nivector FTC968Z DC PNP
Same as above but 3-wire PNP output and 10-55VDC.
170.- 153.- 139.- 918098-1140
Product / Version Price / pcs. in EUR Order code Protector for Nivector FTC968 36.80 71329077 Protector for Nivector FTC968Z 36.80 71329083
Prices valid until 31.08.2018 in EUR per unit (not including shipping and applicable sales tax). See
Endress+Hauser Terms and Conditions
The Nivector capacitive point level switch is suitable for all kinds of powdered and fine-grained solids (e.g. plastic granulates, washing agents and animal feed). Because of its materials of construction, Nivector is also suitable for use with foodstuffs such as grain, sugar, herbs and spices or semolina.
The face of the Nivector unit acts as a sensor. If the solids come into contact with the front face, then the electronics change the switching mode. The Nivector can be switched to either min or max fail-safe mode and a LED indicates its switching status. A screen electrode prevents interference through the container walls or lateral solids build-up.
Safety circuit Selectable minimum or maximum Connectable load
short duration (40 ms): max. 1.5 A max. 375 VA at 253 V or max. 31.5 VA at 21 V (not protected against short circuit);
continuous: max. 87 VA at 253 V, max. 7.4 VA at 21 V, min. 2.5 VA at 253 V (10 mA), min. 0.5 VA at 21 V (20 mA) voltage drop max. 12 V, leakage current max. 4 mA
short duration (50 ms): max. 0.5 A, max. 55 V (clocked overload and short-circuit protection);
continuous: max. 350 mA, residual voltage < 3 V, leakage current < 100 µA
Switching time Approx. 0.2 s covered/uncoveredPower supply AC 21 to 253 V, 50/60 Hz (with FTC968Z max. 250 V) DC 10 to 55 VOperating conditions Ambient temperature –20 to +60 °C (–4 to +140 °F) Material temperature
FTC968: –20 to + 80 °C (–4 to +176 °F)
FTC968Z: –20 to +75 °C (–4 to +167 °F)
Operating temperature –20 to +80 °C (–4 to +176 °F) Storage temperature –25 to +85 °C (–13 to +185 °F) Operating pressure –1 to +6 bar (–14.5 to +87 psi) Grain size Up to 10 mm (0.4") Relative dielectric constant of measured material Min. 1.6 Ingress Protection
FTC968: IP 65/IP 67 according to Standard EN 60529;
FTC968Z: IP 65
EMC Interference Emission to EN 61326, Electrical Equipment Class B; Interference Immunity to EN 61326Mechanical construction Process connections
FTC968: Thread G1 A with two nuts, thread R 1 (DIN 2999)
FTC968Z: Thread G1 A with two nuts
Protector: Thread G½ A
Electrical connection Screwed terminals for max. 1.5 mm² wires in cable entry PG 11 (can be rotated as required), for 6 to 8 mm (0.24 to 0.31”) cable diameter Materials in contact with the material being measured FTC968: housing made from blue PC, lock nuts made from black PA
FTC968Z: housing made from white ECFTE, threaded sleeves made from nickel-plated brass, lock nuts made from black PA
Other materials Connection area: transparent PCUser interface Display in connection area Red LED for display of switching mode, visible from the outside Operation in connection area Rotary switch for switch-over from minimum to maximum safety mode, potentiometer for switching sensitivityApprovals Ex approval FTC968Z: ATEX II 1/3 D
Dimensions (in mm)
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