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ATS48 Soft Start Troubleshooting and Introduction

The Altistart 48(ATS48) series of soft starters by Square D and Schneider Electric allows for consistent start/stop rates that are independent of motor loads. These devices are more advanced than the standard drives that cannot control the applied motor torque. Featuring contact wiring and control, the soft starter allows for near-seamless integration with existing operations. Many preset parameters are included with the device and they cover a large spectrum of operations. Additional parameters may also be loaded up to meet specific needs. Available power ratings include:

  • 3 – 200 HP @ 208VAC, 60 Hz
  • 5 – 250 HP @ 230VAC, 60 Hz
  • 10 – 500 HP @ 460VAC, 60 Hz
  • 15 – 600 HP @ 575VAC, 60Hz

The ATS48 series features a dual configuration of two motors which allows for a cascaded start/stop in many operations. Using the Torque Control System(TCS) the unit can minimize wear on gears which allows for less time servicing the unit.

The Altistart 48 series takes advantage of the PowerSuite™ software for programming of your drive or soft starter.  With this software, you will be able to monitor and document all of your operations. Configurations are easily saved via hard disk, CD-ROM, flash memory, etc. Using Ethernet technology, the user is able to configure and monitor operations on the go, and a constant feed of information allows for real-time opportunity to modify and adjust configuration files on the fly.

Troubleshooting can be an issue for people when so many different things are going on. It just isn’t feasible to stop operations every time an error occurs. Below is a list of fault codes for the ATS48 Soft Start series that will help determine most issues:

Fault CodeDescription
Soft start without run command and:
• Line power not supplied
• Line power supplied
tbSStarting time delay not elapsed
HEAMotor preheating in progress
(Use SUP menu to set up monitoring
parameter. Factory setting: Motor Current.)
Soft start with run command
brLSoft start braking
StbWaiting for a command (RUN or STOP) in
cascade mode
CFF Invalid configuration on power-up
CFI Invalid configuration
CLFLoss of Control Power
EEFInternal memory fault
EtFExternal fault
ErFLine frequency out of tolerance
InFInternal fault
LrFLocked rotor fault
OCFOvercurrent fault
OHFSoft start overheating fault
OLCCurrent overload fault
OLFMotor overload/ground fault
OtFMotor thermal fault detected by PTC probes
PHFLoss of line or motor phase
PIFPhase reversal fault
SLFSerial link fault
StFExcessive starting time
ULFMotor underload fault
USFLack of AC line power on a run command

MRO Electric and Supply carries all models of this unit and has a fast and easy repair service to get your unit fixed and back into your hands as soon as possible.

Fanuc Alpha Power Supply Fault Codes

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Fanuc Alpha Power Supply Fault Codes

These codes and troubleshooting apply to DC and AC Fanuc power supplies that begin with part number A06B-6077, A06B-6081, and A06B-6087. On the LED display for these units, a “-” will mean that the power supply is not ready while a “0” means that the power supply is powered up correctly. If it reads something other than these two then the power supply has an alarm that needs to be corrected. Below is the list of Fanuc Alpha Power Supply fault codes.

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AL-01: Overcurrent in the Main Power Module.
AL-02: Cooling Fan Stopped.
AL-03: The temperature of the main circuit heat sink has risen abnormally.
AL-04: The DC Voltage has dropped.
AL-05: The main Capacitor was not recharged within the specified time.
AL-06: The Input Power Supply is Abnormal.
AL-07: In the main circuit the DC Voltage is abnormally high

A common alarm on installation of a new alpha power supply is an AL-05.
If you have this alarm we recommend double-checking the bus bar connector at the top of the power supply to make sure it is fully connected. Be sufe to check out our article on FANUC Alpha Servo Troubleshooting as well as  FANUC CNC parts.

Troubleshooting Faults of Fanuc Alpha Servo Drives

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Troubleshooting Faults of FANUC Alpha Servo Drives

This troubleshooting guide is in reference to Fanuc drives that begin with part number A06B-6079, A06B-6080, and A06B-6096 and is meant to help troubleshoot Fanuc alpha drive faults. If a drive status alarm appears on the 7 segment display, where the “-” refers to drive not ready (Waiting for an Emergency Stop signal to power up) and “0” refers to drive powering up correctly. Any other number or letter on this status display is an alarm code. One of the more common faults is an Alarm 8.i Here are some tips to check to see what the issue may be when an alarm comes up on your drive.

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1 – Check the link: (A06B-6079 drives only). An A06B-6079 drive can give a fault if the S1 Link is in the wrong position, so check the S1 – JV Connections (Type A Interface) and S2 – JS Connections (Type B Interface). An incorrect setting will cause an Alarm “8”.

2 – Check the wiring: A L motor is wired in the lower terminals and an M motor is wired in the upper terminals, both as U/V/W/E. JV1B connected from the L command plug of the axis card, JV2B from the M command plug. JX1A connected from previous drive, JX1B connected to the next drive in the line. The last drive in the line has a terminator in JX1B. 24v/0v/ESP connected into CX1A from the previous drive, out of CX1B to the next drive in the line.

3 – Disconnect motor cable: Meggar the motor to check the readings.

4 – Power machine on Do this while it is in an emergency stop. The drive is faulty if an alarm occurs, expect a “-” reading.

5 – Release Emergency Stop: Power the machine up after releasing the stop. If an alarm occurs, power the machine off and remove motor wires U/V/W/E (Note – this is dangerous on a vertical axis, brake release, slide drops etc). Release Emergency Stop and power the machine up. The drive is faulty if the alarm occurs, expect “0” reading.

6 – An additional test can be performed for equally sized 6079/6080 amplifiers H201 SVM2-12/12          H301 SVM2-12/12/12 H203 SVM2-20/20          H302 SVM3-12/12/20 (L&M) H206 SVM2-40/40          H303 SVM3-12/20/20 (M&N) H208 SVM2-80/80          H304 SVM3-20/20/20 (L/M&N) The suspect axis can be run from the other amplifier in the drive ie X drives M amplifier, Y drives L amplifier. To do this swap round a – X & Y Motor cables U/V/W/E (at the drive) and b – X & Y Command cables (at the drive) (6096 requires parameters changing to swap X & Y round).

The drive is faulty if the alarm remains the same as before the test. For example Alarm “8” is reported on a 6079-H201 drive using JV connections Steps 1~5 above, have been performed and still alarm “8”. Remove the servo motor wires from the lower terminals and reconnect into the upper terminals, upper into lower. Remove JV1B and insert into JV2B, JV2B into JV1B. Retest the machine.

The drive is faulty if the same alarm occurs, ie alarm “8” The fault lies elsewhere on the machine if another alarm occurs, ie alarm “9”. In this example the drive has detected an overcurrent from the L axis, alarm “8” Swapping the cables over allowed a different amplifier to control the axis. An “8” alarm would remain if the same drive circuitry detected the overcurrent. A “9” would occur if the overcurrent was detected using the other drive circuitry in the amplifier and the fault would be caused externally from the drive.