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ATS Current Transducer/Switch from NK Technologies Named a 2012 Plant Engineering Magazine Product of the Year Award Winner

NK Technologies 4/17/2018

Plant Engineering Magazine 2012 SilverATS receives Silver award in the electrical controls category

SAN JOSE, CA - March 19, 2013 - The ATS Current Sensing Switch and Transducer from NK Technologies has received the Silver award for Electrical Controls in the 2012 Plant Engineering magazine Product of the Year contest. The ATS series is a compact one piece solution that combines a limit alarm with an analog output signal transducer to monitor produced or consumed AC current up to 1200 amps, while magnetically isolating outputs and inputs to maximize safety. An innovative and patent pending rotary switch makes it easy for users to set the trip point. DIN rail mounting simplifies installation and provides an extremely secure mount that is resistant to conductor movement. 

“Winners are selected by a vote of qualified Plant Engineering subscribers – the engineers who buy, specify and use these products on a daily basis. They are the most qualified people you can find to understand how new products reduce energy costs, ensure safety and improve productivity on the manufacturing plant floor. That’s why the Plant Engineering Product of the Year award is so highly regarded in our industry,” says Bob Vavra, Editor, Plant Engineering magazine. 

“We are honored that Plant Engineering readers recognize the ATS series as a 2012 Silver award winner,” says Philip Gregory, President, NK Technologies. “The ATS is an invaluable preventive maintenance tool for monitoring high AC current loads. With the ATS series users can monitor air handling blowers, pumps, crushers and many other large loads with a single self-contained current switch, and the built-in analog signal helps users identify bearing wear and other mechanical problems before they result in unplanned and costly downtime.” 

This current sensing switch and transducer is also incredibly easy to use. In fact with the ATS Series all that is required for operation is to snap the unit onto a DIN rail, connect it to a power source and connect the outputs to the controller. 

In contrast, monitoring high current loads often requires a current transformer sized for the maximum current that will be used and the 5 amp secondary of the current transformer is then connected to a shorting block for safety. The connection then runs from the shorting block to a signal conditioner to produce the analog output proportional to the current, or to a different type of signal conditioner to produce an alarm relay contact. Once these connections are made the controller can be connected to the signal conditioner outputs. It requires a great deal of time to interconnect these components, plus the time expended to adjust the signal outputs to match the primary load characteristics. 

NK Technologies offers no-cost test and evaluation units to qualifying OEMs. Visit the Engineering Resources section of NK Technologies website for access to numerous application notes, and a technology white paper on current sensing technology.