Motor and Thermal protection


High quality motor protection against overload and overheating.


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The choice of a suitable protection prevents motor’s operation at unusual temperature conditions and guarantees maximum constant operation, increases the effectiveness, and prolongs the term of exploitation. That’s why you need to choose only high-quality equipment.

Elmark offers thermal overload relays with nominal voltage up to 690V AC;50/60 Hz.

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These are three pole relays designed for the protection of induction motors from overload or overheat. They are mounted to contactors LT1 K/Dxx series and an operating circuit for motor control is passed through their NC contacts.

Thermomagnetic circuit breakers TM2/TM3 are designed for control and protection of induction motors from overload, overheat, or short circuits. The overload motor protection is carried out by the built-in breaker thermal elements, and the short circuit protection is carried out by the magnetic elements.

These magnetic elements allow the adjustment of the current leakage which is 13 times the maximum current of the thermal protection. The overload protection elements include automatic compensation for the ambient temperature changes.

In combination with under-voltage release the thermomagnetic breaker TM 2-Exx also provides protection of the motors from fall out of a phase from the power supply.

There are additional devices for them available too: voltage release for TM2, waterproof box for TM2 and contact blocks.

Why is motor thermal overload important

The work of an electric motor involves high amounts of friction, high frequencies, and at least two magnetic poles. However well designed a motor is, and however, well it has been secure, there is always the chance of it seizing and stopping its movement while current is still passing through it.

In these cases, one of the ways of protecting the sensitive components of an electric motor from burning up by the accumulated heat is by shutting off the power to the motor. Human reaction is too slow, so engineers have come up with a solution in the form of motor thermal protection devices like the LT2 series.

In order for such a device to work properly, it is necessary for the component to be linked and connected to the motor externally and for it to be in parallel. There are short circuits and thermal sensors which detect their respective anomalies, and once a certain threshold has been reached, they will trip and stop the motor from working.

To avoid unwarranted tripping and thermal tripping, there are specific classifications of protection units suitable for small and powerful motors. The more powerful the motor, the more power it will be using and the higher its temperature will be – avoiding the unnecessary trip is done by installing the correct component.

How does it work

In order for such a device to work properly, the controller must be installed on the exterior or adjacent to the motor, with the crucial terminals connected to the appropriate and corresponding terminals of the electric motor.

To avoid confusion, it is recommended that these components be installed by professionals – products are rated for industry use and should be handled by trained and certified personnel only.