LynTec, a leading manufacturer of innovative electrical power control solutions for
professional audio, video, and lighting systems, today announced the CTR Series of
high-current latching contactor panels for the company’s RPC Series controllers. In
conjunction with the controllers, the CTR panels give users the option to control
loads — either individually or as part of a sequencing group — that require more
power than the maximum 30 amps a motorized circuit breaker can provide.

“For some customers, installations are getting more complex, and current loads are
getting more demanding. Meanwhile, changes in technology are leading to new
design opportunities. We created the CTR Series panels with these customers in
mind,” said Mark Bishop, president of LynTec. “These contactor panels don’t limit
customers to controlling loads of 30 amps or less. Without that limitation,
customers have greater design flexibility and can stay on top of changes in the
lighting industry. Plus they only have to maintain a single RPC control platform for
all of their lighting, which lowers the total cost of system operation.”

The CTR panels come loaded with up to four latching contactors that are used to
control high current loads. The contactors are fed with non-motorized, three-pole
circuit breakers from an RPC panel and then operated by the RPC controller. Power
loads greater than 30 amps can be programmed and controlled just like a motorized
breaker in LynTec’s RPC panels by placing a CTR contactor panel after an RPC
breaker panel. Mechanically held contacts do not require holding current, which
protects the circuit from power droops and reduces operating costs. Furthermore,
users can manually override the contactors to close or open circuits in the absence
of automatic control.

The combination of CTR and RPC panels is well-suited to applications such as
lighting in entertainment spaces, especially those that are transitioning to LED
lighting fixtures. This transition could enable designers to reroute power to new
distribution paths — such as an overhead electrical busway instead of individual
outlets — to gain more flexibility for light placement and powering. Applying the
CTR-RPC panel combination in this type of situation provides a mechanism for
controlling a 100-amp feed without introducing another control platform.

The CTR contactor panels are also ideal for large video walls, motor control, and
other applications that require higher currents.

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