Hiltron launches the HDCU2: a solution for antenna support in extreme temperature environments

Hiltron Communications has recently announced an addition to its range of satellite communication equipment with the introduction of the HDCU2 de-icing sensor and heating controller.

This new solution incorporates an ambient PT 100 temperature sensor plus an optional reflector in addition to a snow precipitation sensor. Up to three 2.9 kW heating circuits in three-phase 400 volt AC configuration can be controlled. The HDCU2 can alternatively be configured for single-phase 230 volt AC operation where the combined output load for all three power feeds does not exceed 2.9 kilowatts.

Load control can be performed individually for each of the three circuits. Each heater circuit can supply one or more antenna heater pads. The permitted current for the three heater circuits is controlled and monitored independently via LAN or SNMP.

The controller is a web-based interface that supports automatic as well as manual control operation. In manual mode, the heating function for each circuit can be switched on or off. Detected currents and temperatures can be monitored remotely. Monitor and control parameters displayed include heater circuit current thresholds, safety switchoff limit, heater activation/deactivation temperature thresholds and related timing.

The HDCU2 is rated for operation in -30 to +50 degrees Celsius temperature environments and 5 to 95 per cent non-condensing humidity. It has a standby power consumption of 4 watts and conforms fully to the relevant CE safety, EMC, emissions and immunity standards. Connectivity ports along the underside of the housing are provided for a rain and snow sensor, dish temperature sensor, ambient temperature sensor, local area network, mains power input and heater output feeds.

“Optimised for use with small to medium sized antenna reflectors, VSAT oriented, the HDCU2 represents a new generation of our established HDCU and HDCU-E which have operated very successfully over the years in many locations around the world,” comments Jean-Luc George van Eeckhoutte, Sales Manager at Hiltron GmbH. “Enclosed in a 180 x 180 x 90 mm weatherproof housing, the complete unit conforms to IP66 protection against heavy rain or snow.”

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