We at ALEXANDER ELECTRIC often design custom power supplies for the unique needs of our favorite customers. We would like to tell you about one such VIOLET series.
VIOLET series modular power supplies combine the functions of an intelligent device and a powerful power supply. The modules are designed for industrial and stationary applications, including unattended facilities. A complete package includes up to three power modules, a common control unit and a protection and switching unit.
VIOLET power modules with the possibility of parallel operation are designed for long-term powering of equipment with or without a connected battery. The fast analogue control system of the modules provides a high degree of smoothing of the output voltage, allowing the module to work with gel batteries. The smart charger function allows maintaining optimum charge degree of the batteries, accelerated charging of the battery after the mains drop out, significantly prolonging its service life.
Module input voltage ~3x400V. Standard output voltages: 24V, 60V, 110V, 220V, 350V or others as may be ordered; maximum output current up to 200A. The module is a double converter, conversion frequency 20 kHz. The module includes service equipment that monitors the status of each phase of the input network, several temperature sensors, monitors the switching of the fan. In addition, the module has overload and short-circuit protection. When a fault occurs, it is indicated by an LED on the front of the module. The modular layout allows a relatively simple analysis of occurring faults and their elimination. The basic parameters of the modules are given in tables 1 and 2.
|Input voltage range
|Nominal output current
|~3 x 400
|4 800 W
|11 000 W
Table 1 – Units characteristics with one output
Modules can operate independently or be installed in a rack of up to 3 units. Output modules in a rack can be switched to individual load or to parallel operation in any combinations. Individual modules can be switched to stand-alone operation, allowing a faulty power module or control unit to be replaced without interruption to the power supply. In stand-alone operation an additional digital control device can be installed in the module to implement all the “intelligent” functions of the source. When working as part of a rack, these tasks are solved by a separate control unit.
Fig. 1 – Rack with VIOLET power supply units
The digital control unit is placed at the top of the rack. It is designed for operational and remote control of the output modules, equipment status control and communication with a remote computer.
The control unit includes:
In addition, the unit is equipped with operating memory where the information about the rack operation is recorded for remote control and analysis of the modes of its operation for a certain period of time.
When a fault occurs in the control unit, the output modules are switched to the stand-alone operating mode. This mode allows replacing the control unit without interrupting the power supply to the end equipment.
The protection and switching unit is placed in the lower part of the rack. The input and output terminals are accessible after removing the protection panel. Power to the output modules is supplied through a group of fuses. The outputs of the modules are wired to individual circuit breakers and isolation diodes for parallel connection of the modules.
By means of a communication module, VIOLET sources are connected to the service network. This function allows remote monitoring and full rack control.
The main element of the service network is the communication module. It is equipped with a Weintek MT606 industrial computer running the Microsoft Windows CE 4.02 Net operating system. The communication module is connected by fibre optic lines to the control units of the racks (maximum four). The communication module includes a modem, by means of which, in case of emergency situations, the source sends warnings to the service center and receives control commands. The core of the service network is the service centers.
The software modules of the service centers – Servis Center and BS1/CMS – 3 Extended HMI – PC – support the database of objects and sources (including telephone numbers of objects), access passwords for remote control, receive and store warnings of abnormal modes and faults in the database.
|~ 3 x 400 V
= 24 V…350 V
|up to 200 A
|Charging current characteristic
|IU / IUoU
|Short circuit, overheating
|Operating temperature range
|< 55 dBA
|> 70 000 hours
Unit: 445 x 240 x 600 mm
Rack: 750 x 1800 x 620 mmm
Unit: 40 kg
Rack: 150…300 kg
Table 2 – Tech specs of VIOLET series units
The whole VIOLET system is characterized by high reliability, flexibility, low operating costs. The advantages of the power supplies are their small size and low weight, high operating currents, easy maintenance. The scope of application of Violet power supplies is significantly expanded due to the possibility of their installation on unattended objects.