Curtiss Wright Launches EN ISO 13849 Compliant Motor Controller

New C3-CE is ideal for small industrial and Class 3 vehicle applications

by Mike Iles | Saturday 9 January 2016

EN ISO 13849 Compliant Motor Controller
Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) today announced its Industrial division has introduced a new version of the C3 motor controller to its established and cost-effective range of AC motor controllers. The C3-CE is EN ISO 13849 compliant and, as a new addition to the high-performing, compact and cost-effective C3 motor controller range, provides OEMs with a controller that is ideal for small industrial vehicle applications, including Class 3 pallet trucks.

The new C3-CE, from Curtiss-Wright’s brand family of PG Drives Technology, retains all the features and benefits of the original C3 motor controller but has been CE marked as a safety component and designed with EN ISO 13849 Category 3 hardware architecture – including dual microprocessors, dual inputs and a dedicated B+Safe output. This provides a safer and more convenient approach that, unlike the conventional and widely-used Category 2 architecture, doesn’t require the safety function to be checked at ‘machine start-up’ and ‘prior to the initiation of any hazardous situation’, which can be inconvenient and potentially dangerous.

Key features of the C3-CE include:

• Compatible with all types of AC induction motors
• Flexible yet simple programming facilitates up to six dual paths for functions including ‘prevention of travel’ and ‘tiller control’
• Two traction power options available, the C3-CE-200 (200Arms) and C3-CE-250 (250Arms), to provide OEMs with an economic and efficient solution for their light industrial vehicle applications
• Complies with all relevant international materials handling vehicle standards, including EN 1175-1, EN 12895 and UL 583


Mike Iles
Penny & Giles Controls Ltd
+44 1425 271444

Saturday 9 January 2016 / file under Technology | Engineering | Agriculture