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Power saving voltage transducers compliant with International Railway Industry Standards (IRIS)

LEM UK : 24 September, 2012  (New Product)
LEM introduces the DVL series for insulated nominal voltage measurements in traction applications. This family of devices spans the range from 50-2000VRMS and incorporates proven and patented insulating technology.
Power saving voltage transducers compliant with International Railway Industry Standards (IRIS)

Despite achieving very high levels of isolation with a safety insulation voltage of 8.5kV, the DVL transducer is compact, measuring only 137.8 x 63 x 64.3mm. It is fully compatible with previous generations of transducers in terms of both functions, performance and footprint and offers new high levels of accuracy and temperature stability.

LEM developed the DVL to be fully compliant with the International Railway Industry Standards (IRIS), providing engineers in the railway industry, who are working with both rolling stock and  sub-stations, with a versatile new transducer that is equally applicable to measuring network voltages, or the main converter DC link on-board trains. The feature set of the DVL voltage transducer also makes it an excellent fit for a broad range of small-to-medium voltage measurements in industrial markets.

DVL transducers measures voltages by a direct connection on its primary side, transfers the data across an internal isolation barrier and outputs a current from its secondary side that is proportional to the measured voltage thanks to LEM’s patented insulating digital technology. It delivers an improved overall accuracy, compared to existing products, of +/- 0.4% at +25C with a higher stability in temperature. The technology used provides very high levels of immunity to external magnetic fields (almost insensitive) and electromagnetic disturbances (unmatched level). Its measurement frequency bandwidth (-3dB point) is 14kHz and the DVL consumes only 20 to 25mA when power supplied under +/-24VDC (power supply range from +/- 13.5 to +/- 26.4V), a power saving of 30% relative its predecessors. Two kinds of current output ranges are possible: either +/-50mA, or the standard industrial current-loop range of 4 to 20mA.

In addition to using less power the DVL, in its small outline, is 30% lighter than transducers already in the market. Other key features include a high level of partial discharge extinction voltage, and compliance to a range of internationally-recognised safety standards in addition to its adherence to IRIS specifications. It also exhibits a fast response time, and excellent noise immunity. A range of connection configurations, on both the primary and secondary side, increases flexibility for the user.

Designed by LEM in accordance with the latest standards applicable for traction, the DVL utilises materials that comply with all relevant fire and smoke requirements, that are mandatory in railway applications. It is CE marked and is supplied with a five-year warranty, as are all LEM railway products.

Key points:
• 30% reduced power consumption, improved accuracy and temperature stability
• Fully-isolated nominal measurement of 50-2000V DC, AC or pulsed
• Compact, light and robust package
• Combines 8.5 kV insulation with unmatched immunity against electromagnetic disturbances
• Meets latest IRIS requirements for rail traction applications


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