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The tradition of power factor management and automatic power factor correction

Since 2009, the automatic DPFC power factor controllers line provided Microidea a seat at the table in the world of green energy and power factor management.

These appliances are capable of reading phase shifts / absorbed load voltage in real-time and, through a dedicated algorithm, to switch on and off capacitor banks. In this way, the system's power factor is maintained within the limits set by the National Authority.

The LED displays offer great readability and are still largely employed thanks to their simplicity, cost-effectiveness, and reliability.

A new range of power factor correction devices

Power factors step up green economy for everyone. Microidea products are developed for high accuracy and to be reliable even with many working hours. The idea behind this project was to achieve a new milestone device with a competitive price. 
The balance between features, reliability and price level made it a perfect solution for energy efficiency managers who need a precise power correction, maintaining a levelled power factor under demanding applications.

Installing an automatic power factor controller allows to automatically improve the power factor when there are power factor falls in the system. The automatic power factor controller helps in adjusting the power factor without relying on the intervention of workforce.
Microidea automatic power factor controller reduces the inducted phase shift normally created by industrial applications such as: welding machines, HAVAC systems, solar panels and eolic implants, etc.

The DPFC controller is designed to employ the linked capacitor banks at their maximum efficiency, balancing the insertion number and the insertion total time.

Thanks to its advanced algorithms, an automatic power factor controller can maintain a high-class performance at true power for all electrical systems. 

It features auto-detection of the capacitor banks and can operate in the four quadrants, so it can perform also in presence of power generators such as wind or solar power plants.

Over time, these versions acquired such a high reliability and robustness level that they are highly valued even by OEM companies and switchboard attendants.

How to keep electrical power dissipation under control with an automatic power factor controller

When reactive power is under control, the total amount of power consumed by the plant decreases to energy starting levels. In high currents systems, having lost energy can be a problem because of the costs of larger equipment and wasted energy. Installing power factor controllers can be the best solution to obtain a low power factor throughout the entire system.

An automatic power factor controller monitors the power factor, which is the result of the ratio of real and apparent power. We tend to establish the power factor close to unity.

The automatic power factor controller is used in electrical systems to improve the power factor in case of falls below a determined level. This action happens automatically, avoiding the intervention of an operator.

Different versions of a automatic power factor controller

Power factor controllers are available for mono and three-phase networks and in the 96mm-wide and 144mm-wide versions, with an only 62mm depth; built in 4-6-8-12 steps versions, these controllers cover the entire need of the traditional power factor industry.

The 144mm panel-mounting version is equipped with TTL port, while on the 96mm version is optional.

The 96mm version also provides a proprietary communication protocol for local management, besides than Mod-bus RTU protocol for interfacing more complex systems.