Category Archives: Motor Control Gear

Finder, Rail-Mounting Single-Pole and Two-Pole Relay Interface Modules


The 4C Series is a new series of single-pole and two-pole relay interface modules from Finder that incorporate Finder’s flagship 46 Series miniature industrial relays, and are available in either screw terminal or screwless socket types. The modules provide an ideal interface between programmable logic controllers (PLC) or other electronic controllers and external actuators or switching devices, where outputs are required to switch higher than normal external loads such as large contactors, solenoids, small motors or heating elements.


The 4C.01 and 4C.02 are respectively a single-pole 16A and a two-pole 8A relay interface module, both with screw terminal connections, while the 4C.51 is a screwless single-pole model rated as 10A and the 4C.52 is an 8A two-pole screwless version. All four models are available with either AC or DC coils, and can be mounted on a 35mm DIN rail (EN 50022). They feature instant ejection of the relay from the socket by means of a plastic retaining clip, and include as standard both a supply status indication and coil suppression module.

An 8-way jumper link is available as an optional extra for use with the 4C.01 and 4C.02 modules, and reduces the time taken to wire common connections.

The 4C.01 and 4C.02 screw-type terminal modules both measure 82.9mm long x 64.6mm high x 15.8 mm wide, while the screwless 4C.51 and 4C.52 versions both measure 95.6mm long x 61.7 mm high x 15.8 mm wide. The cadmium-free relay contacts are fabricated from silver nickel (AgNi) material.


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Finder Introduces Phase-Monitoring Relay that Prevents Phase Loss Causing Motor Burnout

Finder introduces the 72.31 three-phase monitoring relay, which is used for detecting a loss of phase or incorrect phase rotation when using three-phase supplies. This compact relay is ideally suited for the protection of motors in plant and machinery, and helps to satisfy the mandatory requirement of ensuring the correct rotation of motors in transportable equipment.

The 72.31 allows OEMs, panel builders and installers of control systems to ensure that motors do not become permanently damaged due to phase loss, and also to avoid potential hazards or damage due to incorrect rotation of the motors. The relay features positive safety logic, which triggers the contact to open if an error is detected so that the system will fail to a safe condition. The wide supply voltage specification allows a single unit to be used across the full three-phase supply voltage range of 208V to 480V AC.

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The relay provides reliable monitoring of phase loss, even under conditions where the lost phase may be “regenerated” by the action of the rotating motor. This phenomenon is not uncommon, and many monitoring relay units that are currently available may falsely detect this phase regeneration and thus fail to disconnect the supply, which can cause damage to the motor. The 72.31 can discriminate phase regeneration up to 80% of the line voltage.

Featuring a SPDT output contact rated at 6A (maximum peak 15A), the 72.31 monitoring relay is enclosed in a compact housing measuring 84mm high x 56.5mm deep x 17.5mm wide. The narrow profile offers considerable saving in panel space.


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ABB Control Products for Any Application


Considering the history of ABB includes the likes of ASEA, Brown Boveri, Stromberg, Schiele and MTE control gear products, it is hardly surprising that their Contactor ranges are so versatile.

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E Preston (Electrical) Ltd are happy to supply “A” range contactors, Bar & Shaft contactors, Installation contactors and Mini contactors together with the wealth of associated products from ABB.  Whatever the application, and wherever it is required, ABB have the answers.

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