Explosion proof security cameras are mandatory for many industrial locations. Explosion proof rated cameras and housings are used in areas such as coal mines, chemical plants, oil and gas fields etc. Explosion proof ratings are classified differently depending on surrounding gases present, the amount of time those combustible gases are lingering in the area, the flammability levels of those gases, the intensity of the gases and so on.
Explosion proof camera housings are made from stainless steel. Stainless steel consists of chromium, nickel, carbon and manganese. Stainless steel 304 is a popular alloy for its durability, appearance and resistance to corrosion. However, in situations where there might be acidic material, industrial solvents or highly concentrated saline environments present, 316 stainless steel would be required. 316 stainless steel has the same metal alloys as 304 along with an alloy called molybdenum that would make the stainless steel more durable with the ability to withstand very harsh environments. 316 explosion proof security cameras are 20 to 50% more expensive, but in some conditions there is no better option than using 316 explosion proof stainless steel.
Explosion proof security cameras can either be IP or analog cameras. Explosion proof IP cameras are popular in 2 megapixel resolution 1080p. Similiarly, 2 megapixel 1080p analog TVI/CVI/AHD cameras are available. There has recently been an increase in demand for 4 megapixel explosion proof IP cameras.
There are two ways to buy an explosion proof security camera. Either by purchasing the full solution, which includes the explosion proof housing along with camera built in; or by purchasing an explosion proof housing for a camera you might have already picked up. Those types of housings can come with a pan tilt zoom or just a fixed housing.
There are two main specs to consider when purchasing an explosion proof housing. One is the explosion proof classifications required; the other is the internal dimensions of the housing to fit the security camera that would go inside the housing. When estimating the internal dimensions of the explosion proof housing, you must carefully make sure there is extra space for the connectors to connect on the back of the camera and enough space for the cable.
There are many occasions where a customized explosion proof housing for an existing camera is required. Sometimes the cameras required might not just be for security, such as using a Sony or Canon high resolution, high frame SLR camera to take photos close to rocket launch pad. Those cameras with large lenses tend to be bigger than any existing explosion proof housing. The explosion proof housing helps protect the camera from damage and can be reusable. Explosion proof housings have been proven to be an effective option for harsh environments.
2M has helped many clients customize explosion proof housings based on their requirements; 2M can also connect clients with great explosion proof specialty manufacturers.
There are multiple styles of explosion proof security cameras that can be purchased off the shelve and are most likely in stock. Below is a list of the most popular styles of explosion proof security cameras.
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