“BN” Series Overloads
EEC’s BN series thermal overload relays are designed to be combined with contactors to assemble motor starters.
Thermal overload relays are very reliable devices intended to protect motors, controllers and branch-circuit conductors against phase failures and overloads that cause excessive heating.
The thermal overload relay has no power contacts and cannot disconnect the motor by itself. Motor overloads or phase failures increase the motor current. This current increase trips the mechanism and switches the auxiliary contacts.
The auxiliary contacts, when properly wired in series with the coil of the contactor will de-energize the contactor when an overload occurs. Thus, the contactor disconnects the power to the motor and stops its operation. The bimetallic thermal overload relays have thermal memory. Once tripped, the relay will not reset until it has cooled down, allowing the motor to cool before it can be re-started.