Category Archives: Current Detectors

Current Transducer, Transmitters, Switches & CT’s all available in Solid and Split Core. AC & DC amps. Outputs, proscess 4-20ma, voltage, Ratio: 5 or 1 amp & Safe CT’s.

Motor Monitoring Applications – NK Technologies

Electric motors are found extensively in both the manufacturing and processing industries. Both AC and DC powered motors are used to drive pumps, fans, conveyors and a broad range of specialized equipment. There are many types of motors designed for many different applications, however all require electrical current in order to generate the magnetic fields that are necessary to create rotation. By measuring this current useful information can be made available regarding the status of the motor and the equipment that is connected to it. This may be as basic as independently verifying the run status of the motor or in conjunction with a PLC, for example, to protect a pump against dry run. Thus current may be used to both monitor and protect motors and motor-driven equipment.

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Detecting Very Low DC Current Levels

DS1 – DC Current Sensor in a Compact, One-Piece Design for Detecting Very Low DC Current Levels.

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The DS1 DC current switch is smaller than other DC current sensors and simpler to use. It is non-adjustable so the output closes when there is current and opens with there is no current. It uses the same circuit voltage to power the sensor as the circuit being controlled so it is easier to install than other sensors.

The DS1 current sensor can be powered by any DC voltage between 10 and 28 volts, and the solid state “contact” closes with a minimum of 0.75 amps DC through the sensing window. The contact can control a DC load up to one amp, up to 30 VDC.

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American Aerospace Controls-AAC

Premier manufacturer’s of AC & DC current, voltage, power and frequency transducers since 1965. American Aerospace Controls is a company dedicated exclusively to the design and manufacture of electrical transducers for high reliability defense, aerospace and space flight applications. Our unique in-house testing for manufacturing and development meets Space Flight, Mil Grade, EMI Standards and DO-160 for reliability. The inherent quality levels of our manufacturing in compliance with ISO 9001 and AS9100 provides rail transit, commercial and industrial markets with standard catalog products produced in a high reliability environment. These markets benefit from customized products to meet specific needs that are not readily available.

Feature Product:

DC Current Transducer:  Series 920
Output: 4-20mA
(2-Wire, loop power)
Closed-Loop Technology
Superior Accuracy and Stability
Over Wide Temperature Range
Automating & updating measurement and control functions in existing systems.
Local & remote station power & battery back-up current monitoring.
Field service, maintenance & trouble shooting DC systems.
DC current sensing in laboratory experiments and special projects.

Specification:
INPUT Accuracy
P/N: 920-50 0 to +50Adc 1.25%FS See
P/N: 920-75 0 to +75Adc 1.0%FS Note
P/N: 920-100 0 to +100Adc 1.0%FS (1)
P/N: 920-125 0 to +125Adc 1.0%FS
Continuous Overload………………±5000Adc
OUTPUT
Current Signal………………………..4 to 20mAdc
Current Signal @ Overload………24mAdc (typical)
Accuracy (Over –40 to +85°C)….See above table & Note (1)
Response Time (10 to 90%)…….10milli-seconds
Load Resistance…………………….250Ω nominal (0 to 300Ω)
Protection………………………………Reverse Polarity Protected
POWER SUPPLY
Supply Voltage……………………….+24Vdc (+18 to +28Vdc)
Current Drain………………………….4 to 24mAdc
Voltage Transient……………………±40V T< 5mS
ENVIRONMENTAL & PHYSICAL
Operating Temperature……………-40 to +85°C
Storage Temperature………………-45 to +85°C
Isolation (Input to Output)………..2kV rms @ 60Hz / 1min
Insulation Resistance………………500MΩ @ 500Vdc
Molded Plastic Case……………….UL Flammability rating 94V-O
Weight…………………………………..14 oz max
Finish (Blue Texture)……………….Panatone No. 294C
Note (1): Accuracy includes combined worst-case effects of: zero offset; temperature; hysteresis; supply swings and current cable position.

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Conveyor Jam Protection – NK Technologies

When conveyors jam and the drive motor continues to run, expensive mechanical damage to the drive components often occurs. By installing an NK Technologies’ Current Operated Switch an overload condition, detected by higher than normal running amps, can be used to switch off power to the motor before mechanical damage results. The switch setting can be adjusted so it is not affected by normal changes in conveyor load. Current operated switches are the modern day equivalent of less reliable electromechanical jam relays that have been in use for many decades.

In situations where there may be large variations in load an NK Technologies Current Transducer can be used to monitor conveyor motor amp draw and output this data to the conveyor control systems, commonly a PLC. The PLC may be programmed to accomodate different setpoints for different mechanical loads so that jam protection is provided from light to heavy loads. In situations where the conveyor is not able to accept analog signals NK Technologies has developed a patented transducer with a frequency output suitable for the Digital Inputs of most PLC’s.

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