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Contactor combines high current rating with low cost for auto apps

Posted: 28 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:kilovac? lev200? contactor? tyco electronics?

Capable of carrying 500A, the new KILOVAC brand LEV200 contactor from Tyco Electronics targets power switching applications in electric and hybrid electric vehicles, forklifts, trains, generators, welding equipment and a host of other systems.

The LEV200 has 1 Form X (SPST-NO-DM) main contacts, and is rated to continuously carry 500A at 320Vdc when using 400 MCM conductors at 65C. Higher ratings are possible with other conductors. It can interrupt up to 2,000A at 320Vdc and the contact voltage ratings range from 12Vdc up to 900Vdc. A 1 Form A (SPST-NO) auxiliary contact set rated for 2A at 30Vdc or 3A at 125Vac is available as an option.

Standard coils are available for operation on 12-, 24- and 48Vdc. Models for operation on 96Vdc and 115Vac or dc are available as special orders. Coil termination options include strip leads and #10-32 threaded studs.

With a broad contact voltage rating and a lower cost than other comparably-rated contactors, the new LEV200 is suitable for a variety of high-volume applications, said the company. In addition, the hermetically-sealed design makes the device intrinsically safe, and therefore, suitable for use in explosive and harsh environments.

The company noted that although the LEV200 is not position sensitive when it comes to mounting, designers may select an upright mounting or side-mount attachment style. The low overall height of the side-mount LEV200 makes it suitable for applications with tight space requirements.

The KILOVAC LEV200 contactor is priced at $42.05 in quantities of 100. Delivery is typically two to four weeks.

- Gina Roos


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