LEM Uses Fluxgate Technology To Reduce Current Transducer Size By 30%

LEM S.A. introduced several ranges of PCB-mounted current transducers housed in a package 30% smaller than the company’s LTS range of current transducers. The CAS, CASR and CKSR family of transducers is intended for ac and dc isolated current measurement from 6 to 50 ARMS nominal, up to three times the nominal values for the peak measurement and up to 300 kHz (+/-3 dB).

All the models (6 ARMS, 15 ARMS, 25 ARMS and 50 ARMS) are housed in the same compact package and can be set up on PCB according to the needs of different ranges from 1.5 ARMS to 50 ARMS.

LEM designed these new transducers to respond to the technology advances in drives and inverters, which require better performance in areas such as common-mode influence, thermal drifts (offset and gain; max thermal offset drift for the models with reference access: 7 to 30 ppm/K according to the models), response time (less than 0.3µs), levels of insulation and size.

Although the new transducers are 30% smaller than the existing LTS family, their insulation performance can withstand use in industrial applications without a special layout of the PCB. To obtain this performance, LEM employs its Closed Loop Fluxgate technology which enables the company states allows it to combine high accuracy and affordable price without compromising any of the advantages of its LTS family, such as size, dynamic performance and wide measuring range.

The CTI (Comparative Tracking Index) of the plastic case is 600. The CKSR model has one more primary pin than the three pins of the CAS and CASR models and a different primary footprint which enables higher creepage and clearance distances of 8.2mm. This is particularly useful in applications that require higher insulation for high working voltages such as 600 VRMS according to the EN 50178 standard. Moreover, this additional primary pin allows a configuration of the CKSR 6-NP model for a nominal current range of 1.5 ARMS.

All CAS, CASR and CKSR transducer models have been designed for direct mounting onto a printed circuit board for primary and secondary connections and operate from a single 5 V supply. The CASR and CKSR models provide their internal reference voltage to a VREF pin. An external voltage reference between 0 and 4V can also be applied to this pin.

The CAS, CASR and CKSR family of transducers is suitable for industrial applications such as variable speed drives, UPS, SMPS, air conditioning, home appliances, solar inverters and precision systems such as servo drives for wafer production and high-accuracy robots.

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