PCS Softstarters by Sprecher & Schuh

Sprecher & Schuh PCS SoftstartersThe PCS Softstarter Controller is a Sprecher and Schuh’s solid state controllers with rich features at an economical price. This soft starter is specifically designed to start 3-phase motors (up to 400HP@460V / 500HP@575V), but is very compact, easy to use and DIN-rail mountable for models up to 85A. Four standard starting modes are available with the PCS Controller:

• Soft Start
• Soft Start with Selectable Kick-Start
• Current Limit Starting
• Soft Start with Soft Stop

All PCS Softstarters are designed to control either a standard 3 phase squirrel-cage induction motor or a wyedelta motor (700HP @ 460V/900HP @ 575V Y-D).  For use anywhere PCS Softstarters come in three different frame sizes. The smallest frame is from 3A…37A, the middle size is from 43A…85A and the largest frame size is 108A…480A. These units are available from 200V…600V – 50/60 Hz. This assures the devices can be used anywhere in the world.

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Many convenient features

Easy Set-up – Digital rotary switches are quickly and easily set to the exact value.  LED indication of all faults is standard.

Built-in Overload Protection – PCS  Softstarters are equipped with electronic overload protection, accomplished with the use of current transformers on each of the three phases. Protection is programmable, providing total flexibility. Overload trip class selection includes OFF, 10, 15 or 20 seconds. In addition, either manual or automatic trip reset may be selected. Trip rating is 120% of dial setting.

Bypass Contactor – PCS controllers are equipped with a bypass contactor on each phase. Once the motor is up to speed, the load is removed from the SCRs, increasing their life and reducing heat.

Over Temperature Protection – The soft starter monitors SCR temperature by means of internal thermistors. When the power poles maximum rated temperature is reached, the microcomputer switches off the PCS, a TEMP fault is indicated via LED, and the 97/98 fault contact closes.

Phase Reversal Protection – When enabled via a DIP-switch, 3-phase input power will be verified before starting. If input power phasing is detected to be incorrect, the start will be aborted and a fault indicated.

Phase Loss / Open Load – The PCS will not attempt to start if there is a single phase condition on the line. This protects from motor burnout during single phase starting.

Phase Imbalance – The unit monitors for imbalance between phase currents. To prevent motor damage, the unit will trip if the difference between the minimum phase current and the maximum phase current exceeds 65% for 3 seconds, and a fault will be indicated.

Shorted SCR – Prior to every start and during starting, the unit will check all SCRs for shorts and unit load connections to the motor. If there is a shorted SCR in the PCS and/or open load, the start will be aborted and a shorted SCR or open load fault will be indicated. This prevents damage from phase imbalance.

Push to Test – The unit with control wiring can be tested for fault conditions by using the Push to Test function. Hold down the Reset button for 7 seconds to activate the fault Aux (97, 98) and shut down the PCS. To clear, either push the Reset button or cycle control power to the device.

LED Description (Number of Flashes)

1. Overload
2. Overtemperature
3. Phase Reversal
4. Phase Loss/Open Load
5. Phase Imbalance
6. Shorted SCR
7. Test

 

Model Number
Rated Voltage
(V AC)
230
Rated Voltage
(V AC)
380/400/415/460
Rated Voltage
(V AC)
500/575
  Current Rating(Amps)  kW50 Hz Hp60 Hz  Current Rating(Amps)  kW50 Hz Hp60 Hz   Current Rating(Amps)  kW50 Hz  Hp60 Hz
PCS-003-600V 1…3 0.55 0.5 1…3 1.1 0.5…1.5 1…3 1.5 0.75…2
PCS-009-600V 3…9 2.2 0.75…2 3…9 4 1.5…5 3…9 5.5 3…7.5
PCS-016-600V 5.3…16 4 1.5…5 5.3…16 7.5 5…10 5.3…16 7.5 5…10
PCS-019-600V 6.3…19 4 2…5 6.3…19 7.5 5…10 6.3…19 11 7.5…15
PCS-025-600V 9.2…25 5.5 3…7.5 9.2…25 11 7.5…15 9.2…25 15 7.5…20
PCS-030-600V 10…30 7.5 5…10 10…30 15 7.5…20 10…30 18.5 10.25
PCS-037-600V 12.3…37 7.5 5…10 12.3…37 18.5 10…25 12.3…37 22 15…30
PCS-043-600V 14.3…43 11 5…15 14.3…43 22 10…30 14.3…43 22 15…40
PCS-060-600V 20…60 15 7.5…20 20…60 30 15…40 20…60 37 20…50
PCS-085-600V 28.3…85 22 15…30 28.3…85 45 25…60 28.3…85 55 30…75
PCS-108-600V 27…108 30 20…40 27…108 55 50…75 27…108 75 60…100
PCS-135-600V 34…135 37 25…50 34…135 75 60…100 34…135 90 75…125
PCS-201-600V 67…201 55 40…75 67…201 95…110 75…150 67…201 75…132 100…200
PCS-251-600V 84…251 75 50…100 84…251 95…132 100…200 84…251 90…160 125…250
PCS-317-600V 106…317 90 60…125 106…317 95…160 125…250 106…317 100…200 200…300
PCS-361-600V 120…361 110 75…150 120…361 110…200 250…300 120…361 132…250 200…350
PCS-480-600V 160…480 132 100…200 160…480 160…250 300…400 160…480 200…315 250…500

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