General purpose softstarters
Carlo Gavazzi’s RSGD (two-phase controlled) compact General Purpose Softstarter is designed to reduce the starting current and increase the lifetime of the motor.
Carlo Gavazzi’s RSGD (two-phase controlled) compact General Purpose Softstarter handles loads up to 40Hp and is designed to reduce the starting current down to three or four times the rated motor current, resulting in smoother starting and stopping of motors. This increases the lifetime of the motor and reduces the electrical disturbances on the supply network. Other features include an auto-adaptive algorithm for optimal inrush current reduction and current balances. Its intelligent algorithm is able to react to stalled motors, and it has an optional relay output. The RSGD series has CE, cULus, and CCC approval and a 45mm wide housing.
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