Retrofit Ball Valve Switch
The Model RBVS is designed to monitor the fully open position of a ball valve installed in a sprinkler system. The unit will fit on most ball valves installed on back-flow-preventers and alarm trim lines of dry, alarm, and deluge sprinkler valves. The switch operates if the ball valve handle is moved from the open position. However, the switch does not track the position of the handle or ball. When the ball valve handle is in the open position, a spring-loaded switch button will contact the valve handle. When the handle is moved from the open position, this switch button extends to the tripped position, and the RBVS contacts change state, thereby opening or closing a circuit. A cover tamper switch is available and is activated by the removal of the RBVS housing cover. If an attempt is made to remove the RBVS by the removal of the mounting brackets, the unit will be set into the tripped mode by this action.
The RBVS can be mounted to the hex portion of the ball valve or back-flow preventer or to the adjoining pipe via two clamps. The RBVS is shipped with two sets of mounting clamps to accommodate various pipe and valve sizes, refer to Table 1. An "L" shaped and offset bracket for mounting the switch enclosure and an extension bracket add to the mounting flexibility of the RBVS.