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FTC200 TEC Temperature Controller for Embedded Applications
 
 
 
Feature:
  • Embedded Controller Design for Easy Integration into OEM Systems
  • P, PI, PD, PID, Open-loop Control, Auto Tuning
  • High-precision Temperature Resolution — up to 0.01°C
  • Thermocouple, RTD, Thermistor Sensor Input Selectable
  • Choose from RS232, RS485 or USB Communication Interface Options using Interface Daughtercard
  • Powerful controller management software with easy-to-use GUI and Programmable Script Processing Capability for thermal cycling
  • New model available: ATEC402 is a newer model with more function

 


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Accuthermo’s FTC-series of TEC temperature controllers are specially designed for the unique requirements of systems and applications that use peltier coolers for precision temperature control. The FTC200 embedded temperature controller builds on the success of our FTC100 panel interface controller with improved precision and performance as well as the simple, sophisticated thermal management features that have made the FTC100 so popular with our customers.

The FTC200 incorporates all of the key temperature controller features from the FTC100 without the panel interface. Designed for drop-in integration into volume-production OEM systems, the FTC200 uses a software-only controller interface. The FTC200 supports RS232, RS485, and USB, offering additional interface signal flexibility compared to the RS232 interface that is standard on the FTC100.

Cost-effective High-Precision Temperature Control for TE Module Applications

Optimized for controlling thermoelectric modules, the FTC200 controller uses Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) for efficient module control without using expensive power supply solutions. With a duty cycle of 0.00 to 100.00%, the FTC200 controller’s PWM function offers 10000 levels of precision voltage control. The controller also supports bi-directional temperature control, enabling it to maintain temperature very precisely by using both voltage directions.

Move Quickly from Development to Production Implementation

The FTC200 controller offers an ideal development platform for TE-based applications. Using Accuthermo’s FTC200 Control Center GUI Software, users can quickly get their platform up and running, then develop customized temperature control software for their application. The FTC200 Control Center GUI Software provides users with a powerful toolset including the ability to write multi-step controller scripts and plot system performance. The controller also incorporates Set-it-and-Forget-it script support, so once you load your script into the controller, you can run it with no computer attached. Finally, because the FTC200 controller features a streamlined hardware design, it can easily be designed in to a system that’s ready for volume manufacturing.

Supports a Variety of Temperature Sensors

While many temperature controllers limit users to one or two sensor types, the FTC200 is designed to provide maximum flexibility for a variety of thermal control applications. The FTC200 controller offers broad support for a wide variety of temperature sensors including thermocouples, RTDs and thermistor inputs.

Overview of Thermal Management System Using Accuthermo’s FTC200

The FTC200 is designed for flexible integration into your thermal management system. By matching the components to your unique thermal problem, you can optimize your thermal system performance. 

Control

  • Modes: P, PI, PD, PID, Autotune, Open-Loop Control
  • 6 step multifunction programmable output power control
  • Auxilary I/O for customized feature support

Output

  • PWM 1KHz, duty cycle resolution=10000 steps
  • Hot / Cold direction (logic 0/1)

Input

  • Thermocouple: J, K, T
  • RTD: PT100 (DIN, JIS) α=3850
  • Thermistor: 2252 ohm β=3977k
  • Thermistor: 10K ohm β=3977k

Sensor Range

  • Thermocouple: J, K, T: -70°C – 200°C
  • RTD: PT100: -70°C – 200°C
  • Thermistor: 2252 ohm: -45°C – 150°C
  • Thermistor: 10K ohm: -20°C – 150°C

Output Signal

  • PWM 1KHz, duty cycle resolution=10000 steps (0.00% – 100.00%)
  • Amplifier disable/enable
  • Hot / Cold direction

Signal Processing

  • 24-bit resolution ADC at 20 Hz sampling rate

Communication Interface*

  • RS232 serial protocol (N-8-1, 9.6K – 57.6K Baud)
  • RS485 serial protocol (supports up to 16 controllers)
  • USB
    * Note: interface is determined by daughtercard installed.

Alarms

  • 2 Alarms Aux I/O

General

  • Rated Voltage: DC 5V or 7 – 36V, jumper selectable
  • Ambient Temperature: 0 – 50°C
  • Ambient Humidity: 0 – 90% RH
  • Power Consumption: less than 5W

Dimensions

  • W3.5 inch x 2.625 inch x 1.25 inch (90 mm x 67 mm x 32 mm)

FTC200 Control Center Software 

One More Reason to Select Accuthermo’s FTC200 Temperature Controller — Easy-to-Use Software 

While some temperature control applications may only require very simple control (such as holding the temperature at a target set point), many Accuthermo customers need their thermoelectric modules to perform multiple functions, following scripts, dynamically changing temperature and following a thermal cycling program.

Whether you need an easy-to-operate system, or advanced scripting tools, the FTC200 Control Center software is an excellent solution for you. For ease of use, the graphic interface makes operating the controller a snap. At the same time, the advanced scripting capabilities make the FTC200 a strong fit for labs, research facitilies and product development environments.

 

Features

Access Most FTC200 Controller Settings Using One Convenient Window

        • Simplifies Controller Management with Easy-to-Operate Graphic User Interface
        • Provides Access to Advanced Scripting Capabilities
        • Save Controller Parameters
        • Access Stored Parameters
        • Log Controller Data

 

Log and Plot Temperature Operations

  • Visually interpret thermal data
  • Log Controller Data

 

Access Advanced Scripting Capabilities

    • Set multiple target temperatures and program steps for advanced applications like thermal cycling
    • Save and load script parameters from stored files on your disk drive

Accuthermo’s  FTC100 Control Center software operates on Microsoft Windows® 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7 (all 32bits OS).

Accuthermo’s FTX-Series of H-Bridge Amplifiers for use with FTC-Series Controllers

Accuthermo’s FTC-Series of controllers are designed to be used with a matching Accuthermo FTX-series H-Bridge amplifier. Accuthermo offers H-Bridge amplifiers matched to three different voltage output levels, offering flexibility for a variety of application requirements:

 

Accuthermo’s FTX700D H-bridge amplifier

The FTX700D is Accuthermo’s highly efficient H-bridge amplifier for medium to high voltage thermal control applications. The FTX700D supports output requirements up to 700 Watts and can meet demanding power requirements without generating significant amounts of heat. The FTX700D is capable of driving bi-directional voltage to thermoelectric modules for cooling, heating, thermal cycling, and precision temperature control.

 

 

Accuthermo’s FTX300 H-bridge amplifier 

The FTX300 H-Bridge Amplifier is Accuthermo’s highly efficient H-bridge amplifier for mid-range voltage temperature control applications. The FTX300 supports output requirements up to 180 Watts and is capable of driving bi-directional voltage to thermoelectric modules for cooling, heating, thermal cycling, and precision temperature control.

 

 

Accuthermo’s FTX100 H-bridge amplifier 

The FTX100 H-Bridge Amplifier is Accuthermo’s highly efficient H-bridge amplifier for low-voltage-range temperature control applications. The FTX100 supports output requirements up to 42 Watts and is capable of driving bi-directional voltage to thermoelectric modules for cooling, heating, thermal cycling, and precision temperature control

 

 

Manual USB Driver

 

 

 

 

Software

 LabView vi example

                                              

 

THERMISTOR SPECIFICATIONS

This specification defines ratings, dimension, insulation, climatic tests and mechanical characteristics for the 2.252 KΩ type thermistor.

 

  

 
 
 
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