Soft Start Motor Controls target low horsepower motors.

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Measuring 45 mm wide, Altistart® 01 soft starts are available in 3 versions for single- and 3-phase asynchronous motors with horsepower ranging from ¼-75 HP at 110-575 V. Controls can be installed on DIN rail or panel mounted and feature removable control wiring terminal, quick adjust for starting torque and starting/stopping times, kickstart selectable boost for hard-to-start loads, and 2 LEDS signaling power on and motor up-to-speed.

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New Altistart® 01 Soft Start Family Packs Advanced Motor Control in Small Footprint

PALATINE, Ill. - JANUARY 20, 2006 - An innovative new soft start family from Schneider Electric, a world leader in AC drives and other motor control technologies, provides sophisticated starting and stopping control for motors in an extremely compact footprint. The competitively priced Telemecanique® Altistart® 01 soft start comes in three different performance levels to match the needs of a wide range of fractional and low horsepower (1/4 to 75 HP at 110 to 575 volts) single-phase and three-phase asynchronous motors. Most models of the Altistart 01 soft start are just 45 mm wide, the standard width for IEC low horsepower motor starters. A soft start provides smooth motor starting control for applications that do not require high starting torque, limiting the stress on the mechanical parts of a machine and reducing the cost of maintenance and downtime. Altistart 01 soft starts are an affordable alternative to variable speed drives for lower-horsepower, full speed machines such as material handling conveyors, belt-driven machinery, fans, pumps, automatic doors and gates, small compressors and process machinery. The Altistart 01 soft start line uses up to 40 percent less panel space than previous models. Its modular design means lower costs for customers because of reduced installation time and materials, as well as lower energy and maintenance costs. It can be used to add the benefits of soft starting to any existing motor starter and is ideal for retrofit applications. ATS01N2 low horsepower models are compatible with the innovative Telemecanique TeSys® U-Line motor starter. The advanced functionality of this combined solution includes full motor and machine protection, integrated diagnostics capabilities, status-reporting, PowerSuite(TM) programming software, and both network monitoring and control through Modbus®, Ethernet, DeviceNet(TM), PROFIBUS DP or AS-Interface communication options. This portion of the Altistart 01 family is designed for three-phase motors ranging from 6 to 32 amps at 208 to 460V (2 to 20HP at 460V). The higher horsepower portion of the ATS01N2 family is designed for three-phase motors rated from 32 to 85 amps at 208, 230, 460 and 575V (20 to 60 HP at 460V). Sized for heavy-duty applications with start and stop times up to 25 seconds, these models are rated for ambient temperatures to 130°F and elevations up to 6,600 feet. Integration is simple with standard two- or three-wire control, isolation contactor control and DIN rail mounting. The ATS01N1 models are designed for applications that only require motor torque to be limited during starting. They focus on applications using fractional motors rated from 3 to 12 amps (1/4 to 3 HP at 230V). These models can control both single- and three-phase motors rated for 110, 208, 230, 400 and 460V. Most types of single-phase motors can be soft started, including split-phase induction, capacitor start and shaded pole. Features of the new Altistart 01 line include easy installation with DIN rail or panel mounting and a removable control wiring terminal, quick adjust for starting torque and both starting and stopping times, kickstart selectable boost for hard-to-start loads and simple diagnostics with two LEDS signaling "power on" and motor "up-to-speed." For more information on Telemecanique automation and control products from Schneider Electric, visit or call 1-800-392-8781. Headquartered in Palatine, Ill., the North American Operating Division of Schneider Electric had sales of $2.6 billion (U.S.) in 2004. The North American Operating Division is one of four operating divisions of Schneider Electric, headquartered in Paris, France, and markets the Square D, Telemecanique and Merlin Gerin brand products to customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States, Schneider Electric is best known by its flagship Square D brand, with Telemecanique becoming increasingly known in the industrial control and automation markets and supported by many Square D distributors. For 100 years, Square D has been a market-leading brand of electrical distribution and industrial control products, systems and services. Schneider Electric is a global electrical industry leader with 2004 sales of approximately $12.8 billion (U.S.). Visit Schneider Electric on the Internet at: Corporate - Telemecanique Products - Square D Products - Merlin Gerin Products - Please send reader responses to: Square D Literature Fulfillment Center W6545 Quality Drive Greenville, WI 54942 Attention: Sue Tebo 800-392-8781 or e-mail to: Schneider Electric North American Operating Division 1415 South Roselle Road Palatine, IL 60067-7399 Tel. (1) 847-397-2600 Fax (1) 847-925-7271

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