Automation Control Unit for Fuel-Cell Testing Station

  • Configurable automation unit in compact 9U-high 19" rack enclosure
  • Integrated industrial PC with automation & measurement software package
  • 17" touch-screen LCD monitor as comfortable user interface
  • External remote control by TCP/IP server or desktop-sharing services
  • Safety features and I/O signals for connection to external safety systems
  • Connection of external measurement devices e.g. Potentiostat
  • Modular setup using DIN-rail I/O modules
    • DIO - 24V/2-10A power outputs with current sensing and fusing, analog/digital inputs
    • AIO - differential analog inputs and outputs, available ranges 0-10V, +/-10V, +/-100mV, etc.
    • REL - module with classic or solid-state relays with contacts for 230V/2-5A
    • XAM - universal I/O, plugin system for custom configuration - e.g. galvanically isolated thermocouple-meter with cold junction compensation
    • Custom modules can be developed on request
  • Connection of automation device, actuators and sensors:
    • Electromagnetic valves (24V DC or 230V AC)
    • Heating elements (230V AC switched by SSRs)
    • Temperature sensors - thermocouples, Pt100/Pt1000, NTC, ...
    • Water pump, water level sensors
    • Pressure sensors and regulators
    • Mass-flow controllers
    • General I/O lines for other devices, safety system, lighting, etc.
    • Any other devices with I/O connection (digital or analog) or bus connection (ethernet, USB, RS232, RS485, etc.)
  • Customizable software package allows local and remote control, remote monitoring, process logging, configuration by ini files and scripts, etc.

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Reference configuration of 4-channel station with anode/cathode swap capability

  • Type AcuFCS-4M-20A-vP45 for LEANCAT station version 45U
    • 19" rack enclosure with I/O modules, PC, 17" touch monitor
    • 10 I/O modules: 2xREL, 4xDIO, 2xAIO, 2xXAM
    • 6 heating elements, 7 temperature sensors
    • water pump, 3 water level sensors
    • 25 valves
    • 1 pressure regulator, 5 pressure sensors
    • 4 mass-flow controllers
    • I/O for LED illumination, hydrogen sensor, ...
    • Potentiostat PTC-0520E
    • Software package for automation control & potentiostat measurements
  • Type AcuFCS-4M-15A-vE33 for LEANCAT station version 33U
    • 19" rack enclosure with I/O modules, PC, 17" touch monitor
    • 9 I/O modules: 1xREL, 4xDIO, 2xAIO, 2xXAM
    • 8 heating elements, 9 temperature sensors
    • water pump, 4 water level sensors
    • 28 valves
    • 1-2 pressure regulator, 5 pressure sensors
    • 4 mass-flow controllers
    • I/O for LED illumination, hydrogen sensor, external safety system, ...
    • Potentiostat PTC-0315E
    • Software package for automation control & potentiostat measurements