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New Additions to ABB’s Phase Monitors (CM series) ABB Now Offers a Complete Range of Three-Phase Monitors

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Only reliable, continuous monitoring of the three-phase supply can ensure  trouble-free and efficient operation of motors, machines and equipment. ABB now offers a comprehensive range of 22.5 mm, within the CM series, to protect sensitive equipment from adverse three-phase voltages. The product range extends from the full protection
multifunction three-phase monitor, CM-MPS, to single-function devices for monitoring single parameters.

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The CM-MPS is a multifunction monitoring relay. It monitors all phase parameters including: phase sequence, phase failure, over- and undervoltage and phase unbalance. It is available with or without monitoring of the neutral conductor. Seven devices with a graded scope of functions complete the CM product range. The new devices for three-phase voltage monitoring, CM-PVS and CM-PSS along with the CM-PAS for monitoring phase unbalance, offer functions adapted to the relevant requirements and facilitate the accurate monitoring of three-phase mains.

The characteristics of the three-phase monitors are:
• Phase failure monitoring
• Phase sequence detection*
• Over- and undervoltage monitoring (fixed or adjustable)*
• Adjustable phase unbalance threshold*
• Adjustable delay time, and selectable ON-delay or OFF-delay function*
• Dual-frequency,  50/60 Hz operation
• Powered by the measuring circuit 
• 1 n/o, 1 or 2 c/o  contacts
• LED for status indication
• Wide operating voltage range

*Depends on device type

 

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Energy with a Sense of Proportion ABB Offers New SMPS

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ABB has significantly enlarged its range of switch-mode power supply devices (SMPS). Supplementing the existing range of tried and tested SMPS products of the CP series for nominal currents of 0.3A up to 20A, there are now new CP-S and CP-C series for the range between 5 to 20A available.

The SMPS devices of the CP-C series are characterized by their modular, plug-in functional modules that extend the functionality of the devices tailored to the requirements of the customer. The CP-C MM signal module for example monitors the input and output voltage, and has a remote-OFF function. More plug in modules are under preparation.

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There are also manifold applications for the CP-S devices that – while offering the same modern and powerful technology – dispense with some of the extra features of the CP-C series.

All power supply units of the CP, CP-S and CP-C series are primary SMPS: they guarantee the best possible efficiency (>88%), minimized losses, environmental compatibility and cost efficiency.

Characteristics:
CP-S range
• Selectable input voltage 85-132VAC/184-264VAC, 220-350 V DC
• Fixed output voltage

CP-C range
• Autorange input 85-264VAC, 100-350VDC
• Adjustable output voltage 22-28VDC
• PFC (power factor correction)

The new CP-S and CP-C range power supplies feature power reserve of up to 50%. The 5A and 10A models have pluggable, double connection terminals, and LED indication “OUTPUT OK”. All of them are CE marked, the C-Tick mark and the cULus (508) and UL60950 approvals are under preparation.

 

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ABB Control Panels: The New CP400 Range

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ABB now has a new range of control panels with graphical displays, ranging from the standard model (CP410) to a model with a colour touch screen (CP450).
These control panels are ideal   human/machine interfaces within automated processes, providing more transparency and efficiency.

Depending on the model, the CP400 range offers a wide variety of functions such as alarm and validation management, Ladder and Macro functions for local information processing, multi-language display (five languages), importing of variables from other software applications, screen manager and off-line and on-line simulation to facilitate fine tuning.
All models are fitted with a 32-bit RISC processor and 4Mb of Flash memory to ensure the rapid processing of large quantities of information.

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All the products in the new range are able to communicate with the ABB AC31 and AC500 controllers, as well as with all major PLCs.

They can also be connected to a printer, a keyboard and a modem. Furthermore, from the CP430 and above, an Ethernet connection is available.

The entire range can be quickly and easily programmed and configured using a single software application.

Available functions:
• Alarm management
• Trend lines
• Multi-language
• Password protection
• Macro or Ladder
• Off-line and on-line simulation
• Real-time clock
• Validation management
• Animated Gifs

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The New Power Supply CP-E Range of ABB

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Power without any doubts

Modern power supplies are a vital component in most areas of energy management and automation technology. The new CP-E range power supplies are the youngest members of the ABB power supply family. This range offers types with output voltages from 5 V DC to 48 V DC at output currents of 0.625 A to 3 A.

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A high thermal efficiency corresponding with low power and heat dissipation, allow the operation without forced cooling. Functionality has been enhanced while the number of different types has been considerably reduced.

All power supplies of the new CP-E range are approved to all relevant world-wide standards (cULUS, IEC/EN 60950, etc.) and have both CE and C-TICK marks.

Characteristics of the CP-E range
• Output voltage 5 V, 12 V, 24 V, 48 V DC
• Adjustable output voltages
• Output current 0,625 A, 0,75 A, 1,25 A, 2,5 A, 3 A
• Power range 18 W, 30 W, 60 W
• Auto range input 100…240 V AC range (85…265 V AC, 90…375 V DC)
• High efficiency of up to 87…89 %
• Low power dissipation and low heating
• Free convection cooling (no forced cooling with ventilators)
• operating temperature range –10…+70°C
• Open-circuit, overload and short-circuit stable, automatic recovery
• Integrated input fuse
• U/I characteristic curve (fold-forward behaviour at overload – no shutdown) for devices > 18 W
• Redundancy unit CP-A RU offering true redundancy
• Status LED “OUTPUT OK”
• DC OK output (transistor) for 24 V devices (> 18 W)

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Introducting the "Smart" ABB Softstarter

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Do you give your motors a kick-start?  Or do you accelerate them nice and smoothly?  If you have a large motor, the answer is obvious: You install a softstarter to protect your electrical network.  But… what do you do if your motor is medium-sized or small?  You either start Direct-On-Line.  Or you install a Y/D starter. And keep your fingers crossed.

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It doesn’t have to be that way any longer.  ABB is now introducing a state-of-the-art range of small, compact softstarters that covers applications from 3A up to 45A.  They are designed to meet our customers’ surveyed requirements:  “Better performance than Y/D… reliability and quality… tight dimensions… easy installation…possibilities of communication… and all of this, of course, at an attractive price!”  In brief, it’s a brand new concept in compact softstarters – it’s really a smart Starter!  Power and Productivity.

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ABB Switch Fuses (Type OS630) for 630 and 800 Amperes

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The new range of ABB switch fuses (Type OS630) has now expanded with sizes for 630 and 800 amperes for both DIN and BS type fuse links.

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The new switch fuses are designed and tested for high safety in low voltage power distribution and motor control centers.

 

For more information, please contact the sales office at E. Preston Electrical, 0161 339 5177, or email  sales@epreston.co.uk

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New ABB Terminal Technology Eliminates Wiring Mistakes on MCBs

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ABB has launched a range of miniature circuit breakers (MCBs) aimed at OEMs, panelbuilders and the industrial sector. The System pro M compact® incorporates a number of new features designed to eliminate wiring connection errors.

A key feature is the positioning of the cabling terminal in front of the busbar connection terminal, making both terminals easier to access and see. By placing both terminal ports at the bottom of the MCB, connections can be made secure by using only one screw to fasten both the busbar connection and the electrical cabling into their respective terminals.

ABB has also introduced auxiliary contacts for the pro M compact® range, which can be added to the bottom of an MCB instead of the side. Saving up to 50% space in enclosures, this feature increases the number of auxiliary contacts which can be installed, expanding the number of remote monitoring options. Plug-in connectivity also makes the contacts simple to connect.

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The pro M compact® MCBs also offer a reduced height compared to ABB’s previous range, saving around 2cm of space per MCB. This provides additional installation space for when space is at a premium.

ABB’s patented release system enables easy removal without the need for a screwdriver. Release connectors on the back of the devices allow them to be simply disconnected from the busbar after turning power off and disconnecting the wiring.

The pro M compact® range is suitable for use worldwide as the materials used to manufacture them exceed standards for both European regulations for RoHs and UL, the US directive for electrical components. The pro M compact® MCBs can be ordered ready for installation for both Europe and the US. A Europe-only version is also available.

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E. Preston (Electrical) Ltd – an ABB Strategic Partner

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Dear Valued Customer,

As you know at E. Preston (Electrical) Ltd, we pride ourselves on being an ‘ABB Industrial Partner’ with expertise in safety systems, inverter-drive technology, factory automation and sensing and detection. Whether you require a single item to a full turn key solution- we can provide you with full application support.

As well as our dedicated experienced staff we now also have a NEW totally web based support tool available to all of our customers- the ABB industrial partner website.

From this website our customers have full access to a number of useful tools and features which will allow YOUR business to be more efficient and productive.

Features on the ABB Industrial Partner website include,
•  Customer competitions and promotions,
•  Direct links to the ABB product library allowing technical documents and data sheets to be downloaded in PDF format,
•  New product news and cutting edge technology developments,
•  Key national and regional contacts within the ABB Industrial partner network as well as direct contact details for ABB personnel,
•  Value added services such as support and installation,
•  Useful links to external websites that give you crucial information on how to make your business ahead of the game,

And much, much more…

We invite you to access this invaluable resource and see exactly what is on offer on the ABB Industrial partner website by Visiting: http://www.abbsip.co.uk

Best Regards

The E. Preston Electrical Team.

 

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New ABB Switch Range is up to 48% Smaller

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ABB has extended its compact range of switches as part of its on-going replacement program for the OETL and OESA ranges. Up to 48% smaller in size, the OS and OT switches are ideal for applications where time, cost and space are at a premium.

ABB’s OT switch disconnectors and OS fuse switch-disconnectors can be used as the main switch in low voltage switchgear for power distribution, starting and stopping of motors and isolating loads during maintenance. Available in metal or plastic enclosures, they can be used as safety switches to prevent accidental starting of machines. As further protection, the external operating handles have been double-insulated, which eliminates the chance of touching live parts. The fuse covers also cannot be opened when the switch fuse is on.

The reduced size of both OT and OS switches means that almost double the number of panels can be fitted onto a board that is approximately 1.3m x 2.3m, compared to their OETL and OESA range equivalents. This is ideal for installations where space is limited or at a premium.

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Both OT and OS switches can be installed vertically or horizontally, enabling users to position them according to the location of the incoming supply. They are fully rated for both enclosed and open environments, negating the need for extra space if the switches are being used in an enclosure.

The OT range is available from 16A up to 800A. The OS range provides coverage from 16A, up to 400A, with the OESA continuing to provide up to 800A.

Both the OT and OS switches feature a mechanically-based design, with metal parts and double brake switching as standard. These features help to prolong the operational life of the products compared to units from other manufacturers which typically use plastic and ceramic parts. It also increases safety by providing double isolation from live parts. Further safety is provided by arc-chutes, which prevent current sparks and flashovers.

The OT range is IP20 protected, providing extensive protection against impacts from small objects such as debris being expelled by a nearby machine. It also has a patented operator independent quick-make / quick-break mechanism, providing better responsiveness and reliability when in use.

With the neutral wrapped around the main switch mechanism combining to make one unit, the OT and OS switches save space, as opposed to separate space being required for the neutral connection outside of the switch.

Two-pole or one pole versions of the switches can be produced on request. The OT and OS ranges are modular in design, providing increased flexibility on installation. Adjustable mounting feet allow the feet to be fitted at 45 or 90 degree angles.

The switches are suitable for a number of applications, ranging from motor control centres to acting as a main switch in machine applications. OT and OS switches are commonly used by water authorities, transport rail networks and in offshore applications.

ABB have also introduced change-over switches to their OT range. Available from 160A up to 800A, the change-over switches are two switches in one, and increase the ways in which the switches can be applied. It also reduces the need for separate change-over mechanisms.

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ABB's ADO Terminal Blocks Offer Fast, Reliable Connections

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ABB has released a new family of terminal blocks that dramatically reduce installation times without compromising safety. Based on ABB’s insulation displacement connection (IDC) technology, the new ADO system terminal blocks can reduce wiring times by up to 80% compared with conventional terminal blocks.

The system eliminates the most common risks associated with connections, such as forgetting to strip the wire, folding over of wire strands, stripping too much wire, incorrect tightening torque or badly inserted terminal ends.

The ADO system uses a hand-operated tool to enable the operator to execute simple and accurate high-speed wiring and cutting. By ensuring a tight connection every time, ADO terminal blocks eliminate the problem of loose screw terminations, maximising safety in heavy industrial applications subject to vibration and shocks and reducing subsequent maintenance time and cost.

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When a connection is made, the tool strips away the wire insulation and pushes the non-prepared conductor cable into a cutting jaw, which holds it tight and ensures a sound electrical contact. The manual tool has been specially designed for on-site maintenance and can remain permanently inside a panel. A semi-automatic version is also available, which enables repeated connections to be made quickly with minimum effort from the installer.

For wiring flexibility, users can choose ADO system blocks with an IDC termination on both sides or with a combination of IDC and screw clamp terminations.

Another key benefit of ABB’s ADO system blocks is their reduced size. Up to 50 terminals can be installed per foot of DIN rail, helping to reduce the overall installation space compared to conventional terminal blocks. Further space savings are also achieved by the terminal’s ability to accept two similar wires into each termination. The ADO system terminal blocks are available as standard mounted on DIN3 rail.

A ‘mini’ version is also available for installations with severe size constraints. Up to 25% smaller than the standard IDC blocks, the ‘mini’ blocks are ideal for reduced space environments. For mounting, mini block models are offered for DIN 2 or DIN 3 rails. Other models can be screwed or snapped directly onto a metal chassis, such as a panel mount. For wiring flexibility, mini IDC blocks are available with insulation displacement on one side and a standard screw clamp on the other. The 6-mm wide block is rated 18 A, the 8-mm wide block 25 A.

All ADO system blocks are UL recognized, CSA certified, 600 V up to 25 A, and meet IEC and VDE standards. In addition to the ADO system blocks, ABB also offers terminal blocks with screw clamp and spring connections.

ABB also offers an ATEX certified terminal block range for safe use in explosive atmospheres. The range is certified to the highest possible level of the ATEX directive 94/9/EC European directive.

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