The STC-1000 220V AC Temperature Controller is a self-contained heating / cooling controller that operates on 220V and can control either AC or DC loads of up to 10A.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • STC-1000 220VAC Temperature Controller
  • 1m (36″)  long temperature sensor probe

KEY FEATURES OF STC-1000 220VAC TEMPERATURE CONTROLLER:

  • Large 3-digit display of measured temperature
  • Operates in both a heating and cooling mode of operation
  • Programmable settings for temp set point, temp hysteresis, compressor delay and temperature calibration.
  • Waterproof NTC temperature sensor has -50 to +99.9°C measurement range with ±1°C accuracy
  • Over temperature and sensor failure audible and visual alarm
  • Unit temperature reading can be calibrated
  • Relays switch up to 120/240VAC @ 10A or 15VDC @ 10A
  • 220VAC module operation

This unit can be used for controlling many different heating and cooling devices such as heaters, refrigerators, freezers, heat tapes, vivariums, fermentation tanks, industrial equipment and other temperature controlled systems.

It contains two independent output relays that can be turned ON or OFF as temperature rises or lowers past a thermal threshold that you set.  You can also set a temperature differential between heating and cooling, set a compressor delay to avoid turning a compressor on and off too frequently as well as apply a calibration offset to the temperature reading.

A built in MCU allows you to configure the module using the display and 4 pushbuttons.  All settings can be saved into non-volatile memory and are preserved during a power cycle.

The temperature is sensed by a waterproof NTC thermistor that has a range of -50°C to 99.9°C (-58°F to 211°F) .  The sensor cable is about 36″ long, but it is possible to splice the wire to lengthen the cable if needed.

The relays are rated for up to 120/240VAC @ 10A and 15VDC @ 10A.  When one of the relays is energized a red Heat or Cool LED is lit.    It is also possible to use the relays on this module to switch higher power relays or contactors if you want to control a lot of power.

Display

The module has a 3-digit display composed of two 0.50″ high red 7-segment displays plus a smaller 3rd digit.STC-1000 Display

The module will always display the current temperature measurement by default.  it is displayed in degrees Celsius and cannot be switched to show Fahrenheit.

If the  (up) button is pressed, the current Set temperature is displayed.  This is the center of the desired temperature range that you want to maintain. This is stored in the F1 user setting described below.

If the  (down) is pressed, the current Difference temperature is displayed.  This is the +/- temperature hysteresis around the set temperature that is allowable.  This is stored in the F2 user setting described below.

STC-1000 Error

If you apply power to the module without the sensor attached, it will display ‘EE‘ and a loud audible alarm will sound.  Pressing any button will silence the alarm.  If you plug in the sensor, the current temperature will be displayed which is generally in the 20-25°C range for room temperature.

There are several LED indicators on the module as well:

Cool (steady ON) – Indicates the cooling relay is energized (switch is closed)
(blinking) – Indicates it is in compressor delay mode (switch will remain open for x minutes even though switching temperature has been reached

Heat – Indicates the heating relay is energized (switch is closed)

Set – Indicates the module is in programming mode and parameters can be changed.

If both the Cool and Heat LEDs are off, it indicates the temperature is within the programmed acceptable range.  Both LEDs cannot be on at the same time (both heating and cooling at the same time).

Buttons

There are 4 buttons on the module that you can fiddle with.STC-1000 - Buttons

  • Power = Long Press turns power ON or OFF.  Short Press saves current settings when in SET program mode.
  • S = Long Press puts module into program Set mode and the Set LED lights.
  •  = In normal operation, causes temperature Set value to be displayed.  Increments value when in program set mode
  • ∨ = In normal operation, causes temperature Difference value to be displayed.  Decrements value when in program set mode

Programmable User Settings

There are 4 user programmable settings.  These are accessed by giving the S button a long press until the Set LED lights and F1 is displayed.  The Set mode times out after about 3 seconds of inactivity.

  • F1 Temperature Set Value (-50°C to 99.9°C)
  • F2 Temperature Difference Value (0.3°C to 10.0°C)
  • F3 Compressor Delay Time (0 to 10 minutes)
  • F4 Temperature Calibration Offset (-10.0°C to +10.0°C)

Because the user interface is limited to a 3-digit display and 4 pushbuttons, setting parameters can seem a little confusing at first, but it is actually fairly easy to use as explained in this section.  Main thing is to wrap you head around what each of the settings does.  Also remember that if you delay without pressing any buttons for too long and the display reverts back to the default temperature display before saving the settings, the settings you were working on were not saved and you will need to enter the Set mode and start over again.

Note:  Some units may save the settings automatically without having to explicitly save them. 

F1 – Setting Temperature SET Value

STC-1000 - F1 DisplayThe F1 Set temperature is the center of the temperature range that you want to maintain.  If you wanted to maintain a temperature range of 25-30°C for instance, you would set F1 to the mid-point of 27.5°C.  If you press the  button during normal operation, it will display the current F1 setting.

To change this setting, long press the Set button until the Set LED is lit and the display shows F1.

STC-1000 - Set TemperaturePress and hold the Set button while pressing the ∧ / buttons to change the temperature on the display.  When the desired temperature has been reached, quickly short press the Power button to save the setting.  If the display is instead allowed to time out after 3 seconds and revert to the normal display, the new setting will not be saved.

F2 – Setting Temperature DIFFERENCE Value

STC-1000 - F2 DisplayThe F2 Difference temperature is the ± temperature range from the Set temperature that you want to maintain.  If you wanted to maintain a temperature range of 25-30°C (total range of 5°C), you would set F2 to half of that, which would be 2.5°C.  If you press the  button during normal operation, it will display the current F2 setting.

With these example settings, when the temperature lowers to 25°C, the Heat relay will be energized.  When the temperature raises to the F1 Set value of 27.5°C the Heat relay will de-energize.  Conversely when the temperature increases to 30°C, the Cool relay will be energized.  When the temperature lowers to the F1 Set value of 27.5°C the Cool relay will be de-energized.STC-1000 - Difference Temperature

To change this setting, long press the Set button until the Set LED is lit and the display shows F1.  Use the ∧ / buttons to navigate to F2.

Press and hold the Set button while pressing the ∧ / buttons to change the Difference temperature shown on the display.  When the desired Difference temperature has been reached, quickly short press the Power button to save the setting.  If the display is instead allowed to time out after 3 seconds and revert to the normal display, the new setting will not be saved.

F3 – Setting Compressor DELAY Time

STC-1000 - F3 DisplayThe F3 Compressor Delay Time is a delay on the cooling side which can be set from 0-10 minutes.  When the Cooling relay is first de-energized, it will remain OFF for a minimum time in minutes as determined by the F3 setting.  When the Compressor Delay is active, the cooling LED will blink

If the controller is used to operate a compressor, such as on a refrigerator, you don’t want to turn the compressor ON/OFF very quickly as it could damage the compressor so this setting helps to protect the compressor.  A setting of 3 minutes is typically fine when used with a compressor.  If no delay is desired such as when using to control a fan for cooling, the setting can be set to 0.STC-1000 - Compressor Delay Time 3 minutes

To change this setting, long press the Set button until the Set LED is lit and the display shows F1.  Use the ∧ / buttons to navigate to F3.

Press and hold the Set button while pressing the ∧ / buttons to change the Compressor Delay Time as shown on the display.  The display is in minutes.  When the desired delay time has been reached, quickly short press the Power button to save the setting.  If the display is instead allowed to time out after 3 seconds and revert to the normal display, the new setting will not be saved.

F4 – Temperature Calibration OFFSET

STC-1000 - F4 DisplayThe unit has a nominal temperature accuracy of ±1°C with 0.1°C display resolution.

If the temperature accuracy is found to be incorrect or it is desired to match the reading of this unit with another measurement device, an offset of up to -10.0°C to +10.0°C can be applied to the temperature reading before it is displayed.

STC-1000 - Temperature OffsetAn easy way to calibrate the unit at 0°C is to use an ice/water bath to submerge the temperature sensor.  After allowing the temperature reading to stabilize for a couple of minutes, the reading should be 0.0°C ±1.0°C.  If the reading was instead +2°C for instance, you could program a -2°C offset to correct the reading to 0.0°C.

To change this setting, long press the Set button until the Set LED is lit and the display shows F1.  Use the ∧ / buttons to navigate to F4.

Press and hold the Set button while pressing the ∧ / buttons to change the Temperature Calibration Offset as shown on the display.  When the desired offset has been reached, quickly short press the Power button to save the setting.  If the display is instead allowed to time out after 3 seconds and revert to the normal display, the new setting will not be saved.

 

MODULE MOUNTING

STC-1000 - Slide LatchesThe module can be simply left free standing or strapped down somehow to keep them in place but they are primarily designed to be panel mounted.

If using the module panel mounted, a rectangular panel opening of approximately 3.1″ x 1.1″ is required.  Panels up to 1/2″ thick can be supported with movable red slide latches on either side of the module.

To mount the module, remove the red slide latches by depressing the center ribbed portion to release it and slide it backward off the module.  Insert the module through the opening and then slide the red slide latches back onto the unit and push them forward until they lock the unit in place.

You will need a little room on both sides of the module to slide these latches in place or to release them if the module needs to be removed for some reason.

 


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Temperature Control
     Temperature Range -50 ~ 99.9°C
     Display Resolution 0.1°C
     Accuracy ±1°C (over range of -50 – +70°C)
          Thermal Sensor  NTC Thermistor
Relay Maximum Ratings
     VAC 120VAC / 240VAC 10A (< 8A recommended)
     VDC 0-15VDC 10A  (< 8A recommended)
Operating Ratings
     AC Power Input 220VAC
     Power Consumption < 2W (measured)
Dimensions L x W x H 86 x 75 x 34mm (3.39 x 2.95 x 1.34″)
Panel cutout dimensions 71 x 29mm (3.1 x 1.1″)
Temperature probe length 100cm (36″)
Weight 0.15 kg
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 5 cm

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