These instruments are fitted with interchangeable ‘slide-in’ scales and are available in 72 sq mm and 96 sq mm standard metric cases to IEC/473.

The thermal movement consists of two directly connected bi-metallic coils and because of its robust construction an additional current limiting transformer is not required.

One bi-metallic coil is used for ambient temperature compensation and the other to drive the moving and slave pointers. The moving pointer, coloured black, will indicate load at any instant continuously averaged over the preceding period equal to the time lag of the instrument.

The slave pointer, coloured red, is driven by the moving pointer and will remain at the maximum reading until manually reset by an external knob on the front of the instrument.

When required, this instrument can be provided with a moving iron movement in addition to the thermal movement. This has a single pointer operating over a separate scale. The combined instrument indicates the instantaneous value as well as the sustained maximum value of the current without fitting a separate ammeter. This is advantageous when space on the instrument panel is limited.

Special Features
Maximum flexibility is achieved with the use of interchangeable sliding scale plates which enables the user to change the scale without dismantling the instrument. This facility is particularly useful when the load increases and a higher ratio current transformer is used, necessitating the use of an appropriate higher scale. Reversible scales are also available for standard BC3 indicators. All the above types are available with ALARM contacts.

Customer Benefits:

Further technical details:

Scales
These instruments have a nominal rating of 5 amps with a continuous overload capacity of 20% to give a full scale deflection of 5 amps. Instruments can be scaled in primary amps depending on the ratio of the current transformer being used.

Time Lag
The time lag for these instruments is 8 or 15 minutes.

Burden
Thermal movements have a burden of 3.6 VA and, when combined with a moving iron ammeter, this is increased to 4.1 VA.

Accuracy
The error of the thermal movement does not exceed ± 2.5% of full scale deflection and compensation for change in ambient temperature is complete over a range of –10°C to
+50°C. When a moving iron ammeter is fitted this has an accuracy of ±1.5% of full scale deflection.

Related Products:

Type Movement Size (mm)
BC4VS Thermal 72 x 72
BEC4VS Thermal and moving iron 72 x 72
BC3VS Thermal 96 x 96
BEC3VS Thermal and moving iron 96 x 96
BC2V Thermal 144 x 144
BEC2V Thermal and moving iron 144 x 144
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