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In many applications it is vital to be able to register the current in a conductor, either to monitor, control or measure the consumption. Several different technologies are currently available, all having both advantages and disadvantages depending on the application in which they will be used.
Compotech offers current sensors in a wide range from 6 A up to 2500 A. We also have current transformers for both industrial applications and for energy meters designed for household use.
A majority of all the products we supply are customised or specially developed for a specific application. With our extensive R&D facilities behind us, we are keen to be involved from the concept stage in order to adapt or develop the product and optimise it to meet your challenges.
The primary conductor is enclosed by a core which has an air gap. A Hall element is located in the air gap. When the primary current drives the magnetic flux in the core, the Hall element is actuated so that a measurable voltage is created. The voltage signal must then be processed for reading. Measures both DC and AC up to 100 kHz.
Similar to the above but instead of measuring the output voltage from the Hall element, the voltage is allowed to control a compensation winding on the core which will balance the magnetic field to 0. The size of the compensation current is then proportional to the primary current. Closed loop technology provides greater precision than open loop.
The same principle as the Hall effect sensor but instead of a Hall element a probe (a small piece of amorphous material enclosed by a coil) is used, placed in the core’s air gap. The difference in the result is higher precision, lower temperature operation and a lower offset current.
The primary conductor is enclosed by a core which is wound with the wire from the secondary circuit. The secondary current is proportional to the primary current divided by the number of turns of the winding, e.g. 1/2000. Only measures AC. Some current transformers for energy meters are also tolerant of DC up to a specified level. This solution is characterised by high precision and good linearity.