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Voltage Attenuator System

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The SCMVAS (Signal Conditioning Modular Voltage Attenuator System) is an analog signal conditioning system designed to safely monitor and accurately measure voltage potentials up to 495 VAC (1400 V peak-to-peak). These high-level voltages are typically found in industrial applications such as induction heaters or electric-motor drive controllers. The system reduces the input signal to a level suitable for interface to data acquisition systems, while at the same time providing various filter characteristics and 1500 Vrms isolation.

For each channel of analog input, an attenuator module, SCMVAS-Mnnn, pre-conditions the signal which is then filtered, isolated, and converted to a high-level voltage output using an SCM5B30-07 or SCM5B40-07 module. The SCM5B40-07 module with a 10 kHz bandwidth is recommended for common 50/60 Hz signals low in harmonics where the user is interested in measuring only AC voltage. The SCM5B30-07 module is used for low frequency AC signals below 4 Hz. The attenuator and signal conditioning modules have excellent stability over time and do not require recalibration. Overall system accuracy is ± 0.06%.

Input signal connections to the SCMVAS-Mnnn attenuator module are made using a pluggable terminal block for ease of system assembly and reconfiguration. For safety purposes, the terminal block has a cover over the screws and there are no other exposed high-voltage points on the SCMVAS-Mnnn series modules, SCM5B30-07 or SCM5B40-07 module, or the mounting backpanel.

The SCMVAS system has two specially designed backpanels for mounting the attenuator and signal conditioning modules. The SCMVAS-PB8 high density, 8-channel backpanel can be panel mounted or DIN rail mounted and provides the conditioned output signal on screw terminal blocks. Jumpers are provided on each channel to optionally connect or isolate each module’s I/O Common from other channel’s I/O Common and/or Power Common. The SCMVAS-PB16 has 16 channels of analog I/O simultaneously available to high-speed data acquisition (ADC) boards through a 26-conductor ribbon cable. Refer to the SCMPB01 Data Sheet in this catalog and Application Note AN502 at for recommended ground connections and host system interfaces. Both the SCMVAS-PB8 and SCMVAS-PB16 backpanels can be mounted on the SCMXRK-002 19-inch metal rack.

Circuit diagram Dataforth SCMVAS-System

Block Diagram SCMVAS-System

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13 Modules for Type SCMVAS-System:

SCMVAS-M100 ± 100 V (70 VAC)
SCMVAS-M200 ± 200 V (141 VAC)
SCMVAS-M300 ± 300 V (212 VAC)
SCMVAS-M400 ± 400 V (282 VAC)
SCMVAS-M500 ± 500 V (353 VAC)
SCMVAS-M600 ± 600 V (424 VAC)
SCMVAS-M650 ± 650 V (460 VAC)
SCMVAS-M700 ± 700 V (495 VAC)


  • Input: High voltage input up to 495 VAC (1400V Peak-to-Peak)
  • Output: 5 V or 10 V for A/D-Systeme
  • Isolation 1500 Vrms
  • Input resistance 10 MOhm
  • Accuracy ± 0,06%
  • Output resistance < 100 kOhm
  • True 3-Way Isolation
  • CMR up to 160 dB
  • Operating Temperature Range -40°C … +85°C
  • Optional Panel or DIN Rail Mounting
  • CSA Certified
  • CE Compliant
  • ATEX Compliant (all models except SCMVAS-M400, -M500, -M600, -M650)