Product Spotlight Video – ABB’s AF Contactor

Carlton Bates Awards MC Controls with “Rep of the Year”!


Marc Herron, Sales Manager at Carlton Bates Springfield recently presented Mike Stolte, Principal, MC Controls with a “Best of the Best” or “Rep of the Year” award

“We pride ourselves on working diligently with our distributors to support their sales efforts and it is always great to be recognized for those efforts” said Mike.

The award was given at a recent meeting in Springfield, MO for 2017.

“Our relationships with our distributors are key to our success and ultimately to the success of our manufacturers.” Mike Stolte added.  “We look forward to many years of continued partnership and success”






New ABB motor starting solution introduces tool-free, push-in wiring!

ABB is launABB 2CDC246003F0018_508pxching the industry’s first range of motor starting solutions with a Push-in Spring technology that makes fault-free wiring easier than ever. The innovative tool-free connection concept speeds up wiring work and provides a vibration-resistant connection that makes continuous operation more reliable.

ABB’s intuitive 2-in-1 design combines the advantages of both Push-in and Spring technology in a single terminal.

In Push-in mode, rigid cables or cables with ferrules can be connected tool-free. The operator just pushes them into the cable holes, cutting wiring time by up to 50 percent in comparison to a conventional spring solution and making installation significantly easier. The self-tightening terminals help eliminate wiring errors and mean there is no need for routine re-tightening work.

Spring mode makes it simpler to insert small cross-section cables or cables without ferrules, and also makes unwiring the motor starters significantly faster. The operator simply inserts a screwdriver into the clearly marked holes before inserting the cable. This one-step process makes ABB’s solution easier to use and less prone to damage than conventional spring mechanisms. 


Announcing the New ABB DRAF Enclosed Starter!

ABB Starter enclosedABB is pushing the boundaries for motor control and power switching by launching its DRAF starter, embedding the well-established AF technology. The electronically controlled coil of AF contactors offers multiple benefits over conventional alternatives.

The DRAF is an enclosed direct-on-line starter used for 3 phase motor control up to 7.5 kW (400 V) and 10 hp (440 V). The starter is available for both IEC and UL market. Control of stand-alone motors like heat pumps, air conditioning units, small machine tools, irrigation, diary sheds are typical applications for DRAF.

 DRAF enclosed direct-on-line starter allows you to improve your installation efficiency

“This was a highly awaited product and it is a key addition to the AF portfolio providing a plug and play starting solution”, says Yves Dorn, Senior Global Product Manager Control and Protection .
“Combined with AF contactors benefits, product variants are reduced to a few.  It will allow our customers to simplify their logistics and cut administration costs. Product availability has never been so easy.”

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Product SpotLight – ABB Contactors for Safety Applications

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Help make your system safer

Designed for machine safety applications, AFS contactors come with fixed front contact blocks (mechanically linked and mirror contacts) making them ideal for monitoring and controlling circuits. ABB’s complete range of safety components make protection systems easier to build.

Main benefits

  • Complying with main safety standards EN ISO 13849 and EN 62061 guaranteeing the safe use of machinery and equipment
  • Contactors status guaranteed with permanently fixed front-mounted auxiliary contact blocks
  • Easy safety chain identification with the yellow housing
  • Simplify calculation of installation safety level with safety values available in FSDT and Sistema tools

Main features

  • Up to 45kW – 400 V AC-3, 60hp – 480 V and 130A – 690 V AC-1, 115A – general use
  • Fast opening times as low as 35 ms for AFS09…AFS38 contactors
  • Mirror and mechanically linked contacts with 3rd party certificate
  • Low energy auxiliary contacts feature a minimum switching capacity 12 V, 3 mA 10-7
  • Built-in surge suppression

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New ABB Contactors – Dedicated for Safety Applications

ABB Safety ContactorABB’s all-new range of AFS contactors for safety applications is now available to order. The launch of the new contactors completes the expansion of the company’s portfolio of safety components, making it possible to equip every aspect of a plant’s safety architecture with ABB technologies.

The new AFS contactors can be part of the safety chain in industrial machinery and process industry applications, stopping motors or triggering gas discharges. For machine safety applications, AFS contactors come with fixed front auxiliary contact blocks that make monitoring and controlling circuits easier. The mechanically linked and mirror contacts also help make systems safer.

Massimiliano Cifalitti, global product group manager for ABB’s motor starting and safety business, said: “The all-new AFS contactor shows why ABB is a leader in industrial safety. Its innovative design makes this key component for machine safety simpler to install, easier to maintain and safer to operate. With the most frequent updates to our complete range of safety components, and software tools to make workplaces safer by design, customers can choose with confidence knowing that ABB offers the best solution possible for their complete safety architecture.”

The all-new AFS contactors are designed to make integration into machine manufacturer systems easier. All the data for the contactors is readily available via safety design tools such as Sistema, or FSDT from ABB. For manufacturers, this makes it simpler to design machines with higher safety levels, complying with the main EN ISO 13849 and EN 62061 safety standards.

ABB’s ergonomic design makes operation safer and simpler. During routine maintenance, the distinctive yellow auxiliary contact block makes it faster and easier to identify the safety device in the panel, saving valuable time. A protective cover helps prevent accidental manual operation.

The range makes high-performance protection systems simpler to build. The power consumption of the contactor coil can be cut by up to 60 percent, enabling more compact transformers and panels. Built-in surge protection comes as standard. The device’s near-instantaneous response time improves safety. When a fault is detected, opening times are less than 30 ms for selected variants, enabling designs with significantly shorter safety distances.

Mechanically linked and mirror contacts are clearly marked with symbols on the front and provide the performance required in feedback circuits. This prevents any unexpected state changes of the auxiliary contact, should the main contacts become welded or stuck. It also ensures an accurate indication of the safety system status is displayed at all times.

“Safety designed contactors perform an essential function in machines, breaking the power supply to a load, usually a large electric motor,” said Cifalitti. “At ABB, we believe that better safety is always the right decision. Our teams of experts have designed the AFS contactor to reward that decision.”

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Product Spotlight – ABB AF Contactors

Main benefits

  • Optimize logistics  and cut administration costs with fewer product variants to handle
  • Access global support and use the same products in all parts of the world: the 100 – 250 V, AC/DC coil covers all standard network voltages
  • A reduction of the coil’s energy consumption by 80% lets you save energy
  • Secure your uptime by letting the AF technology overbridge voltage drops and sags.

Main features

  • Up to 480 V and 2650 A general use
  • Only 4 coils cover 24 V – 500 V AC and 20 V – 500 V DC
  • Screw, spring and ring tongue connection types
  • Built-in surge suppression
  • Connection sets and interlock unit for reversing and star-delta starter for an easy, fast and secure assembly of starters
  • Mirror and mechanically linked contacts.

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