Actuator Control features microprocessor-based design.

Press Release Summary:

Combining AC to DC switching power supply with regenerative PWM drive, DCH Series is suited for applications requiring control of 12 or 24 Vdc motors when only 115 or 230 Vac power is available. With isolated front end, series is compatible with 0-5 or 0-10 Vdc analog signals from any PLC. True low voltage output allows control over low voltage motors without current spikes or large Bus voltage. With 4Q reversing, actuator can perform contactorless braking and/or reversing-on-the-fly.

Original Press Release:

Customizable Low-voltage DCH Series Actuator Control Resolves Common Issues for Superior Flexibility and Cost Savings

ACE’s new control combines a regenerative-capable power supply and motor control in a single package

SOUTH BELOIT, IL – American Control Electronics (ACE) announces the DCH Series Actuator Control, combining an AC to DC switching power supply with a regenerative PWM drive to create an all-in-one solution that saves space, reduces setup time and lowers costs. The DCH Series is ideal for applications requiring control of 12 or 24 VDC motors when only 115 or 230 VAC power is available. With an isolated front end, this series is compatible with a 0-5 or 0-10 VDC analog from any PLC. (With an 8-bit onboard microprocessor, the DCH Series can be customized in many applications to even replace a PLC.) The series also provides an alternative to the common practice of using higher-voltage controls with the output voltage turned down, which results in current spikes that are tough on the motor and reduce brush life.

The DCH Series includes an industry standard microprocessor used on many of today’s popular PLCs. For OEMs using PLCs simply for the functionality of programming the same code repetitively, ACE can install that code directly on the HTL control, eliminating the need for the PLC entirely. A modified option allows for linear positioning control of actuators to within 1/1000th of commanded stroke length with the use of feedback resistors, for more precision than many positioning applications require at a lower cost than positioning servo systems. Standard variations for the DCH Series include options for torque, cycling, or positioning control.

Summary of key features of the DCH Series Actuator Control:

  • Microprocessor Based: Easily programmable for OEMs

  • Standard I/O: 1 analog, 4 digital – custom configurations available

  • All-in-One Package: Combines a custom regen-capable switching power supply with a low voltage drive True Low Voltage Output: Allows control over low voltage motors without the negative effects of current spikes or a large BUS voltage associated with typical 115/230 VAC SCR and PWM controls

  • 4Q Reversing: Delivers the ability to perform quick and contactorless braking and/or reversing-on-the-fly

  • Isolated Logic: Allows floating or grounded 0 - 5 or 0 - 10 VDC signals Stopping Modes: Forward and reverse inhibits can be set for N.O. or N.C. to brake to a stop. Can be used for rapid starting and stopping Diagnostic LEDs: Power, Current Limit

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About American Control Electronics

American Control Electronics (ACE) is an electronics manufacturer located in South Beloit, IL and parent company for the Minarik Drives brand. American Control Electronics designs and produces a wide variety of AC & DC electronic control systems and power products used in industrial, commercial, EV, medical, and home automation markets. American Control Electronics has also developed several “Green” products that control motors from battery and/or photovoltaic power. The Minarik Drives brand has a 60-year reputation and is the standard for products in its class. American Control Electronics designs unique product solutions to meet the specific needs of its customers.

All products are designed and built in our United States location, which is both ISO 9001:2008 registered and UL508A certified.

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