Metron series M700 solid State, reduced voltage, automatic fire pump controllers provide "Soft" starting and "Soft" stopping of electric motors. This solid state starting method reduces the inrush current and mechanical shocks associated with other conventional reduced voltage starting types. At start-up, a break away current is provided, followed by a timed ramp-up to 500% of the motor's full load amps. Initial current steps as well as current ramp time are completely adjustable to provide optimum starting in any electrical motor driven fire pump application. The solid state unit is supplied with the following features:
Instantaneous Overcurrent Detection
Heatsink Over Temperature Switch
In addition, The M700 series can be supplied with all of the other proven standard features found in the complete line of Metron electric fire pump controllers.
The M700 series Soft Start electric fire pump controllers utilizes a state of the art solid state motor controller. The motor voltage is raised to an intitial torque value (an adjustable value of locked rotor torque). The motor voltage is gradually incresased during the acceleration ramp time, (adjustable from approximately 3 to 30 seconds).
After a minimum run period and all starting causes have returned to normal, the solid state controller will initiate a stop sequence. This furncion will reduce surges in the pumping system during stopping a centrifugal pump by smoothly decelerating the motor at a selectable rate.
LED's located on the controller OID indicate the transfer switch position, either normal or emergency. An additional LED is provided to indicate the Emergency Isolation Switch is in the OFF position.
A test switch is also provided which simulates loss of normal power so that the transfer switch operation can be checked without interrupting normal service to the fire pump controller.