When overloads and short circuits occur, there’s always a tradeoff
between the power supply shutting down the entire 24 VDC supply and
keeping load circuits that aren’t impacted by the failure continuing to
run. The new SITOP PSE200U electronic diagnostic module from Siemens
Industry Automation Division constantly monitors up to four 24 VDC load
circuits for overloads and short circuits.
“Today’s switched-mode power supplies provide advanced
functionality, by protecting 24 VDC loads against any kinds of
overload. Unfortunately, it responds by shutting down the power supply
to all load circuits even before a fuse or circuit breaker can trip on
the circuit that is actually being overloaded. The result: Power is
shut down to all 24 VDC load circuits, even those that aren’t
affected,” says Kai Bronzel, product marketing manger, Siemens
Industry. “The SITOP PSE200U electronic diagnostic module intelligently
shuts down the current to the affected load circuit, without impacting
the other load circuits that don’t have problems.” Furthermore, the
SITOP PSE200U provides for sequential start up, which significantly
reduces the total current required from the power supply during the
start up phase of high inrush loads. This avoids the shutdown of the
power supply when the total inrush current exceeds the current
limitation of the power supply.
order to more closely match the application, there are now two versions
of the device with tripping current ranges of 0.5 to 3 and 3 to 10
amperes available. This is an improvement over the previous SITOP
select model, which had a wide adjustment tripping current range of 2
to 10 amperes. Used as an additional component in switched mode
regulated 24 VDC power supplies, the new SITOP PSE200U electronic
diagnostic module detects not only slight overloads but also “creeping”
short circuits on high-resistance cables. If an overload or short
circuit occurs, the device switches off the current to the faulty path.
This prevents the power supply voltage from dipping, thus ensuring that
power continues to be supplied to all the other circuits not affected
by the fault. Up to four load circuits per module can be protected.
Additional electronic diagnostic modules can be connected to the power
supply if the application requires the protection of more circuits.
The new SITOP PSE200U electronic diagnostic module has sealable
potentiometer covers to protect the set tripping currents against
unwanted changes. The three-color LED and signaling contact concept
makes it simple to troubleshoot systems and get directly to the faults.
Diagnostics data can be transmitted to a higher-level controller for
remote diagnostics. The SITOP PSE200U allows fast commissioning due to
switch on/off functionality by using individual reset buttons per
circuit in front of the unit. In addition a remote reset from a higher
level control system is also possible. In contrast to conventional
miniature circuit breakers, which do not trip until the current rises
to a multiple of the rated current, this new electronic diagnostic
module already responds to an overload that is only slightly above the
set tripping current. The device also differentiates between a
sustained fault and a transitory, operational overcurrent. This enables
short circuits to be detected even on high-resistance cables in which,
for example, core cross-sections are small or there is a long distance
to the load.
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