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Carlo-Gavazzi has introduced a 15kW soft starter, extending the company’s range of compact modules for compressor applications such as geothermal heat pumps.

The RSBT type complements existing single-phase solutions by offering three-phase control and enhanced inrush current handling, while meeting residential Class B EMC requirements without the need for external filters.

Suitable for industrial or domestic applications such as three-phase scroll compressors, the soft starter features internal semiconductor bypass technology and is available with nominal current up to 32A.

The module comes in a 45mm (W) format for panel or DIN-rail mounting.

Control of all three phases ensures optimum current reduction, along with balanced current on all phases.

This is achieved without the need to make front-panel settings.

A self-learning algorithm ensures that optimum starting current performance is achieved.

The auto-adaptive software is available as standard on all RSBT variants and works by measuring relevant parameters during ramp-up, storing these values and using them to set new current-limit values for the following start.

The goal is to use the smallest inrush-current value to start the motor, without exceeding the 600ms maximum ramp-up time.

Optimisation is achieved automatically by the software starter, so users do not have to adjust external settings, eliminating a possible source of error.

The feature also compensates for higher starting currents that may be required as compressors age, reducing potential problems and startup alarms.

This integrated current-limit feedback reduces inrush current by up to 65 per cent, allowing users to counter escalating energy costs and peak consumption regulations.

The soft starter can perform 12 starts per hour.

Built-in motor protection capabilities range from transient over- and under-voltage protection, phase-sequence and under-voltage monitoring, to locked rotor protection, over-temperature protection and over-current protection in bypass mode.

Full status indication is provided through an LED flash sequence.

Designed to comply with the latest IEC60947-4-2 international motor-starter standards, the RSBT soft starter is also RoHS compliant, cUL listed and carries appropriate CE marks.

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