High Voltage Attenuator System for Analog Signal Conditioning

The SCMHVAS (Signal Conditioning Modular High Voltage Attenuator System) is an analog signal conditioning system designed to safely monitor and accurately measure voltage potentials up to 707VAC (2000V peak-to-peak). These high potential voltages are typically found in industrial applications such as induction heaters, electric-motor drive controllers, or battery applications. The system reduces the input signal to a level suitable for interface to data acquisition systems, while at the same time providing various filter characteristics and 1500Vrms isolation.

For each channel of analog input, an attenuation module, SCMHVAS-Mnnnn, pre-conditions the signal which is then filtered, isolated, and converted to a high-level voltage output using an SCM5B30-07 or SCM5B40-07 module. The SCM5B40-07 module with a 10kHz bandwidth is recommended for common 50/60Hz signals low in harmonics where the user is interested in measuring only AC voltage. The SCM5B30-07 module is used for low frequency AC signals below 4Hz. For signals comprised of harmonics or non-coherent content, the SCM5B33 True RMS Input module is recommended. Use of this module provides a DC output that is directly related to input signal power, or the RMS (Root Mean Square) value, allowing true RMS representation of input signals ranging from pulses to complex non-periodic waveforms. The attenuation and signal conditioning modules have excellent stability over time and do not require re-calibration. Overall system accuracy is ±0.06%.

Input signal connections to the SCMHVAS-Mnnnn attenuation module are made using the in-build terminal blocks for robust system assembly. For safety purposes, the terminal blocks are inside the shell and can only be accessed from the top and there are no other exposed high-voltage points on the SCMHVAS-Mnnnn series modules, SCM5B30-07 or SCM5B40-07 module, or the mounting backpanel.

The SCMHVAS system has two specially designed backpanels for mounting the attenuation and signal conditioning modules. The SCMVAS-PB8 high density, 8-channel backpanel can be panel mounted or DIN rail mounted and provides the conditioned output signal on screw terminal blocks. Jumpers are provided on each channel to optionally connect or isolate each module’s I/O Common from other channel’s I/O Common and/or Power Common. The SCMVAS-PB16 has 16 channels of analog I/O simultaneously available to high-speed data acquisition (ADC) boards through a 26-conductor ribbon cable. Refer to the SCMPB01 Data Sheet in the catalog and Application Note AN502 on the website for recommended ground connections and host system interfaces. Both the SCMVAS-PB8 and SCMVAS-PB16 backpanels can be mounted on the SCMXRK-002 19-inch metal rack.

The SCMHVAS attenuation modules are form-fit-function compatible to the older SCMVAS attenuation modules and they will work with existing backpanels.

Technical Documents
Product Availability
Usually stock to 2-3 weeks


  • Accepts High Voltage Signals up to 707VAC (2000V Peak-to-Peak)
  • 5 or 10 Volt Output for A/D Systems
  • 1500Vrms Transformer Isolation
  • True 3-Way Isolation
  • Up to 160dB CMR
  • ± 0.06% Accuracy
  • Panel or DIN Rail Mounting Options
  • CSA Certified (pending)
  • CE Compliant (pending)
  • ATEX Compliant (pending)


Custom Modules

* ... Status Codes: PR = Production, PT = Prototypes, QU = Quoted

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