40 Sequence Control: On-Delay

Definite sequence on-delay

The above circuit shows a standard for a single M1. In with M1 is a whose normally open, timed to close (NOTC) contacts identify it as an on-delay timer. These timed contacts are in with motor starter M2. The above switching arrangement will allow two motors to be controlled from a single station and will guarantee that M2 energizes five seconds after M1 is energized. Once both motor starters are engaged, the motors will continue to run until the stop button is pressed.

If an occurs on motor M2, then only that motor will stop, but if motor M1 develops an overload and its open, then the coil will de-energize and its will open, disconnecting the timer coil from the source of supply. Once the on-delay coil is de-energized, its contacts will revert to their original state instantly, so motor M2 will also be de-energized.

If more than two motors are to be sequenced in this fashion, we would simply scale up this switching arrangement by connecting additional timer relays in parallel with each motor starter so that as one motor starts, it also begins a countdown for the next one in sequence.


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