New Curtis AC Control Systems ideal for AGV and robotics
30 May 2018
The latest addition to the Curtis AC speed controller family, the AC F2-A, provides a high specification packed with features and a big power rating - all at a low price point.
This high performing smart design comes in a tough housing with a very small footprint, making it perfect for use in the AGV/Robotics market.
ACF2-A Flexibility; fully optimised to provide battery powered vehicles with all of the advanced traction or hydraulic pump functions of much larger AC controllers in a rugged outer housing that is at least 30 percent smaller. The ACF2-A’s auto-characterisation allows simple on-machine pairing with any Induction and SPM motor types. Simply choose from a comprehensive library of induction motor types stored in the controller memory.
ACF2-A Safety; Exceeds global conformance requirements for EMC, functional and electrical safety, UL583 recognised and CE marked as a programmable safety device.
ACF2-A Durability; IP65 protection as per IEC60529 with 23-pin AMPseal I/O connector means its impervious to most oils, solvents, degreasers and other chemicals regularly encountered by automated guided vehicles.
Highly flexible multi-function I/O and comprehensive CAN master capabilities means this low-cost controller is capable of acting as “CAN interpreter”, allowing different CAN protocols from a variety of devices to “talk” to each other easily on the same CAN network; this means engineers can work with their components of choice every time, eradicating the need for expensive and time-consuming modifications from a variety of manufacturers.
This same CAN master capability means it will easily connect with typical battery management systems used with the lithium battery packs used on AGV’s. Used together with Curtis’ 3140 CANopen gauge, provides OEMs with an easy-to-read and completely flexible display option that works with any CANopen system with out-of-the-box integration with the ACF2-A controller. This small, function-rich gauge also offers an optional in-built heater, so that it can reliably display operating information for vehicles used in freezers or other cold environments.
The CAN-based ACF2-A and 3140 companion gauge bring new levels of performance and flexibility to applications where space is tight and economy essential. Easy programming with the Curtis Software Suite makes the huge versatility of these products easy to exploit. CSS provides engineers with a very simple way to set up and work with the devices, giving engineers and OEMs an advanced control system that works exactly as they want it to.
Curtis UK provides a full range of battery chargers for electric vehicles that deliver levels of on and off-board reliability and charge quality. AGV/EV’s are used in difficult settings where high levels of vibration, shock and temperature changes (including cold/wet conditions) are seen, so all our chargers are tested in these typical environments to ensure they provide a long and reliable service. Some models provide bespoke charging for individual battery packs of major lift truck battery companies through the use of custom made charge profiles to give even better performance.
Curtis design integrated control systems for zero-emission electric vehicles and manufacturers worldwide use Curtis products to make their designs the best they can be in areas as diverse as AGV and robotics, material handling (forklifts, pallet trucks), recreational (golf cars and off-road), aerial lifts (booms, scissor lifts), medical mobility (wheel/rehab chairs), airport (aircraft movers and tugs), automotive (Light-On-Road), and many more.
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