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NEW PRODUCT FLASH: PATROL Series PA X 5 from Pfannenberg

Written by Anne Vazquez. Posted in Featured Post, New Product Flash, Safety

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Published on August 21, 2012 with No Comments

Pfannenberg, a thermal management
 and signaling technology company, has introduced PATROL Series PA X 5, a new line of 105 dB(A) industrial flashing sounders. Flashing sounders are used to alert occupants to hazardous situations or production problems in factories, water and waste treatment facilities, commercial offices, sports arenas, hotels, and other facilities.

The PATROL Series PA X 5 flashing sounder unit is designed as an integrated flashing sounder — rather than combining a sounder with a bolted-on flashing light. The lens cover is available in a variety of colors. The xenon strobe flash tube contains no filament to break and is secured by a steel clamp to protect it from abuse. There is a wide selection of acoustic tones which are electronically self-generated, and there are no moving parts, which enhances reliability for critical applications. The housing is a UV-resistant and flame-retardant polycarbonate/ABS blend and is offered in red, gray, or white to meet application requirements and building decor.

Each unit splits into two pieces for ease of installation, and the base portion facilitates wiring connections. Redundant contacts are provided for daisy-chaining of multiple units. The cover, with integrated sound capsule, is fitted to the base through fail-safe guides to ensure proper mechanical and electrical engagement. The cover secures quickly with 3/8 turn captive fasteners and incorporates a molded, captive gasket to ensure a positive IP 66 rated seal against dust and liquids, permitting use in most environments. The fasteners may be protected with an optional tamper-proof seal.

Performance features include 80 tones (by dip switch setting) including continuous, sweeping, alternating, pulsing, and interrupted tones as well as simulated bells, sirens, and whoops that meet international standards. Four tone stages are available at each setting, permitting one device to sound, for example, an evacuation tone, an all-clear tone, a time for lunch tone, and an end of shift tone. Frequency content of delivered tones has been engineered to deliver more “punch-through” of obstacles such as walls and doors for a wider area of coverage. The flashing strobe is available with either 5 Joule or 10 Joule flash energy to provide a noticeable level of alarming to suit the required area of visible coverage and hazard severity for the application.

The Pfannenberg Group is an international manufacturing company based in Hamburg, Germany. The company’s North American engineering and manufacturing facility is located near Buffalo, NY. 

About Anne Vazquez

Anne Vazquez

Vazquez has been writing about facility management since 1996 when she began working at Today's Facility Manager (TFM) as the magazine's Editorial Assistant. From 2000 to 2005, she continued to work in publishing in another subject field until rejoining TFM's editorial team as Managing Editor in February 2005. In September 2012, she was promoted to Editor of TFM, where she continues to seek out solutions and trends for the magazine's facility management audience. Vazquez can be reached at

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