ACS - Environmental Test Chambers Angelantoni Group

SOLAR RADIATION CHAMBERS

The exposure to sunlight can damage your product, decrease its performance and shorten its life; so it is crucial to understand in advance which would be the reaction to solar, humidity and temperature variation.
If your product during its life will be exposed to this phenomenon, ACS solar radiation test chambers are the right solution: they have been designed to understand the specimen reactions in its normal context of use.
Performance, insulation, noise, resistance to physical and mechanical loss are some of the investigated parameters.
The ACS Solar Radiation chambers is a wide product range, available in basic version, energy saving and 5 K/min with different volumes, to fit the customer's needs.
The lamp structure is made of anodized aluminium, while the assembly components are made of stainless steel.
The percentage of the lamp intensity can be adjusted using the touchscreen control panel, it takes approximately 3 minutes to reach the requested output.
We provide a plug for the chamber interior; it can be easily removed and/or installed to use the chamber in standard configuration, without the solar lamp.

Solar Radiation Chamber Range

The chamber models indicated in the table below can be provided in Solar Radiation configuration:

BASIC VERSIONE VERSIONES VERSIONflower® VERSION
CLIMATIC AND THERMOSTATIC MODEL CLIMATIC MODEL CLIMATIC AND THERMOSTATIC MODEL CLIMATIC MODEL
Field T -40/+180°C Field T -20/+180°C Field T -40/+180°C Field T -40/+180°C
DM340 (T)
DM600 (T)
DM1200 (T)
DM1600 (T)
DM340 E
DM600 E
DM1200 E
DM1600 E
DM340 (T) ES
DM600 (T) ES
DM1200 (T) ES
FM340
FM600
FM1200
Field T -70/+180°C   Field T -70/+180°C Field T -70/+180°C
DM340 C (T)
DM600 C (T)
DM1200 C (T)
DM1600 C (T)
  DM340 C (T) ES
DM600 C (T) ES
DM1200 C (T) ES
FM340 C
FM600 C
FM1200 C

SOLAR RADIATION DATASHEET

Please refer to each specific datasheet by clicking on the interested model and adjusting the performance according to the Solar Radiation datasheet chart.

DMDM EDM ESFM

Solar Radiation datasheet chart

 With RadiationWithout Radiation (with cover)
External dimension (H) respect to the standard +350 mm +350 mm
Temperature range (1) -20° C / +100° C -70° C (-40° C) (2)/ +180° C
Relative humidity range only for climatic chamber (1) 10% / 80% (range +15° C / +80° C) 10% / 90% (range +10° C / +90° C)
Dew point temperature range (for continuous tests) only for
climatic chamber (1)
+5° C / +71° C +5° C / +87° C
Relative humidity accuracy only for climatic chamber ±3%...±5% ±1%...±3%
Temperature fluctuation (1) ±1 K ±0.1...±0.5 K
Radiation source HMI (double-ended metal halide lamp) HMI (double-ended metal halide lamp)
Power lamp 1x1200W (340 l)
1x2500W (600 l)
1x2500W (1200 l)
2x2500W (1600 l)
 
Irradiation area (approx.) 400x400mm (340 l)
600x700mm (600 l)
600x800mm (1200 l)
800x1400mm (1600 l)
 
Restart of the lamp after switch-off cold ignition approx. 10 minutes  
Irradiance 1200 ÷ 600 W/m2  
Dimming 50% -100%  
Weight (Without packaging) respect to the standard +50kg  
Storage temperatures of EPS (Electronic Power Unit) -20° C / +80° C no condensation -20° C / +80° C no condensation

NOTE (1) Performance measured at room temperature of +22° C and empty working space
NOTE (2) min temperature -20° C for E models

general features

Solar lamp
The lamp structure is made of anodized aluminum and the assembly components are made of stainless 
steel.
The percentage of the lamp intensity can be adjusted using the touchscreen control panel. It takes approximately 3 minutes from the moment the lamp is turned on for it to reach the requested output.

Internal chamber plug

The internal chamber plug is easy to remove and/or install and makes it possible to use the chamber in its standard configuration without a lamp.

Porthole cover panel

An easy to remove and/or install inspection porthole cover panel is provided for installation in the chamber door.

Electrical power system (EPS)

This unit provides a permanent regulation of the power output. The irradiance selected will therefore be stabilized by means of voltage and current parameters. This device is positioned on top of the chamber.

Maintenance

The light bulb is easy to change thanks to the handy clamps provided.

Control and management system and interfaces

Controlled by PLC and Advanced HMI

Remote access

There is a wide range of possibilities thanks to the built-in MyKratos™ and MyAngel24™; multichamber control also available upon request.

Electromagnetic closing system

Ensures the security of environmental tests.

Air treatment system

Ensures a precise control of the climatic parameters inside the chamber with minimal thermal inertia; an axial fan allows rapid temperature variations of both air and specimen.

Humidification system (only climatic version)

The humidifier with a self-contained heater and dedicated controlling S/W offers two great advantages:

  • it does not require distilled or demineralised water to operate properly
  • it uses ‘dry’ vapour in order to avoid condensation on the specimens and to reproduce real environmental conditions

PERFORMANCE

Spectral distribution: according to IEC60028-2-5
280 to 320 nm 5 W/m2 ± 35%
320 to 400 nm 63 W/m2 ± 25%
400 to 520 nm 200 W/m2 ± 10%
520 to 640 nm 186 W/m2 ± 10%
640 to 780 nm 174 W/m2 ± 10%
780 to 3000 nm 492 W/m2 ± 20%

**MIL-STD 810 F and G (for lower irradiation steps of procedure I (cycling test) < 400 W/m² additional moving grid is needed); 55W/m2 steps are not possible

 

STANDARDS

MAIN PERFORMED STANDARD 
DIN 75220 (outdoor)
BMW PrV 306
GB/T 2423.24
IEC 60068-2-5
DEF-STAN 0035-3
VDA 230-219
ISO 9022-9
MIL STD 810 G (Method 505.5)**
MIL STD 810 F**

**MIL-STD 810 F and G (for lower irradiation steps of procedure I (cycling test) < 400 W/m² additional moving grid is needed); 55W/m2 steps are not possible.

Complete basic configuration

  • MyKratos™ and MyAngel24™: top of  the line HMI for remote control
  • Inspection window: multiple-crystal, with double heated transparent film, 550 h X 450 mm size
  • Internal lighting
  • Self feeding system (tap water through chamber embedded softener)
  • Wheels and feet
  • Electromagnetic closing system
  • Silicone portholes: 80 mm (left side) and 150 mm diameter (right side) fitted with silicone cap. They allow internal-external electrical, mechanical or hydraulic connections
  • Digital min./max. thermostat: with independent probe
  • No. 1 internal grid shelf
  • Auxiliary contacts (specimens, alarms)

options

  • Additional portholes: 80 and 150 mm
  • Water condenser: for the chambers which are normally equipped with air condenser
  • UV lamp: for ageing tests on painted surfaces, plastic materials, rubber, etc.
  • Handling port hole: Ø125 mm, positioned on the door near the inspection window. It allows handling specimens inside the chamber (available for models from 500 litres up)
  • Internal shelves: AISI 304 stainless steel, adjustable in height, grid shelves to be added to the one supplied
  • Reinforced floor: max 500 kg distributed load
  • Notch 50x70mm
  • Set of no. 4 analogic inputs 0÷10V for user’s data acquisition (no. 1 set max)
  • Set of no. 4 PT100 inputs (no. 1 set max)
  • Set of no. 4 PT100
  • Set of no. 8 auxiliary contacts (no. 1 set max)
  • No break power unit for PLC
  • Compressed air dehumidification kit
  • Capacitive probe: RH Controlling and monitoring (activated by control system)
  • Temperature and Humidity (for climatic chambers) analogic retransmission
  • Temperature extension to +200° C
  • Air fan motor speed adjustment
  • Specimen switching off in case of chamber alarm
  • Air flow booster
  • Tablet Samsung or compatible
  • PYRANOMETER: The CM4 pyranometer with amplifier allows to read the light intensity inside the chamber. This system makes it possible to control the light intensity of the lamp using the touchscreen panel, with feedback from the reading sensor.
  • TEMPERATURE PROBE: PT100 probe for black body DIN Class B 4 wires
  • MyKratos™ Multichamber: software, installed on a PC, for monitoring and control multiple chambers (to be supplied upon request)

chamber floor loading and specification details

  • Max. floor load 100 kg/m² approx. (equally distributed)
  • Max. load of the shelf 50 kg approx. (equally distributed)
  • Internal test space is made of stainless steel (material 1.4301, equivalent of AISI 304)
  • All seams are TIG welded and vapour tight

air treatment system

System includes the following components:

  • Cooling evaporator
  • Heating system
  • Dehumidification system (only climatic version)
  • Thermoregulation air circulation fan
  • Temperature and humidity probe

cooling

Mechanical cooling based on single stage system (-40°C) or cascade systems (–70°C). The cooling system is realized with semi-hermetic alternative type compressors including an automatic injection-type protection system. This protects the compressors when they are cooling down from high temperatures.

heating

The chamber is heated by means of electrical heaters, protected by safe thermostats that disconnect overall chamber main power components (such as compressors, fans and heaters) in case of accidental over-temperature.

humidification and dehumidification (climatic models)

Direct humidification occurs through an electrical vapour humidifier.
The chamber is equipped with a water storage tank (about 18 l capacity) and a water connection on the back of the chamber for automatic refilling.

There are three ways to ensure the water supply needed for any kind of climatic tests:

  • Connecting the chamber to normal tap water network by means of suitable water connection
  • Manually refilling the tank with demineralised water
  • Connecting the chamber to demineralised network

In order to reduce water consumption, water recycling can be activated through a button on the control panel (only possible when the specimen does not contaminate the water during the test).
Dehumidification is performed by the condensation cooler (dew point cooler) directly connected to the refrigeration circuit. This principle permits high stability of parameters in conjunction with energy-efficient dehumidification.

humidity control

Temperature Measurement with Pt100 thermal probe Class A, max precision 0,3K.
Relative humidity measurement with Assmann psychrometric system complete with Pt100 thermal probes. The psychrometric principle (dry & wet bulbs) is used for the measures in the test chamber. This allows the set and measurement of relative humidity expressed directly in % R.H.
Relative Humidity range from 10% to 90% within the temperature range [+10°C; +90°C], in standard configuration (without solar lamp and with internal cover). 

  •          AREA 1, Range without radiation (with covers), DEW POINT(A)(B) +5 ÷ +87°C
  •          AREA 2, Range with radiation, DEW POINT(A)(B) +5 ÷ +71°C

The values refer to the basic version at room temperature of +22°C, with temperature and humidity measurement made in the air inlet.

 NOTE (A) Performance measured at room temperature of +22°C and empty working space

NOTE (B) Dew point temperature range (for continuous tests) only for climatic chamber

CONTROL SYSTEM AND USER INTERFACE

The chamber is equipped with a PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) for managing all the chamber’s functions and safety interlocks. The HMI system consists of an on-board panel (Keykratos Evo) and a remote control (MyKratos™ including MyAngel24™) connected to the chamber. 

On-Board Panel (Keykratos Evo) consists of 3.5 inch Analog Touch Panel 65,536 colours with a touch menu with related pop up screens, allowing the following activities: main chamber's parameter setup, manual control, possbility to start the last stored profile, visualization of eventual alarm notifications. 

MYKRATOS™

MyKratos™ control software makes it possible to manage, monitor and assist the chamber anywhere, at any time, in multiple ways (Wi-Fi, Ethernet, mobile network) via mobile and desktop devices. The chamber wireless (Wi-Fi) connection permits operation using tablets and smartphones (iOS 8 or Android 4.2.1 compatible). The operator interface can also be remotely accessed through a chamber connection to the client’s LAN or via mobile network (on activation of SIM card data). It includes the MyAngel24™ remote-assistance system.

MyAngel24™

MyAngel24™ is an online diagnostic and remote servicing system included in the chamber basic configuration, activation is possible on Customer demand. Once activated, Angelantoni Server acquires data coming from the chamber, allowing ACS Service Staff to grant a remote assistance 24h.
ACS service staff can identify the problem and if possible, solve it remotely, or at least identify parts that may need to be replaced and check their stock availability in order to schedule an utmost efficient on-site intervention.

Control System - main features

 

TECHNICAL FUNCTIONS

  • Visualization and graphical analysis of measures and recordings
  • Synoptic graphs of the entire system
  • Multilanguage support
  • High configurability of chamber parameters
  • Unlimited possibilities of measures recording
  • Program and Manual mode of chamber operation
  • Delayed start of a program
  • Automatic notifications of event and alarms
  • Ability to send email notification to various recipients via customer's LAN connection

GRAFIC FUNCTIONS

  • Live data update of measures on the charts
  • Graphic charts or numeric table representation views on the monitor
  • Graphic cursor for in-chart data measurements and evaluations
  • Calculation of Measure Slopes and report generation
  • Enable/disable of chart display
  • Zoom in, zoom out and scroll functions
  • Export function to convert the MyKratos™ log file into ASCII format (usable in Excel or other applications)

 

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