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Manufactured by Woodward, the 8280-480 control is one of the analog load-sharing digital speed controls. This model is one of the low-speed, low-voltage controllers. The 8280-480 model must be used with a prime mover rated at 130 rpm or less to prevent errors.



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  • Part Number: 8280-480
  • SKU: 8280480WO
  • Manufacturer: Woodward
  • Series: 723 and 723PLUS Digital Control

8280-480 Technical Specifications

Model Number 8280-480
Model Type 723Plus Analog Controller - Low Voltage, Low Speed
Manufacturer Woodward Inc, Fort Collins CO
Manual 02879
Power Consumption 40 W Nom.
Chassis Metal for Hazardous Locations
Weight 2.95kg
Standards for European Union (EU) Compliant with EMC Directive 89/336/EEC (Low Voltage Model Only)
Inrush Current (Low Voltage) 7 A for 0.1 ms
Input Voltage 18–40 Vdc (24 or 32 Vdc nominal)
Dimensions (cm) W41.28 x L29.21 x H6.04

Product Description

Designed by Woodward Inc for the 723/723PLUS Analog Load Sharing Speed Control series, the 8280-480 model is a low-voltage low-speed unit. This model must be used with an engine or prime mover rated at 130 revolutions per minute (rpm) or less to ensure no injury or error occurs. As a 723/723PLUS speed control, this model is used in aiding with load and speed functions with reciprocating engines within generator set services, such as those equipped with flexible couples. This model also has inputs that can be used with two magnetic pickups or proximity switches, an input for remote speed or load settings, an input for a kW sensor, an input for a synchronizer, and more. Refer to the attached Woodward documentation for more information regards the different inputs available.

There are several things included in a 723/723PLUS control system, one of them being the 8280-480 speed control. Some features of the control system are two optional relay-driven alarms and shutdowns, eight optional switch contacts to manage control functions, a single printed circuit board, and an optional synchronizer. For more features, refer to Chapter One of the 02879 manual. 

Frequently Asked Questions about 8280-480

What type of model is the 8280-480 unit?

This unit is one of the 723/723PLUS Digital Controllers. The 8280-480 model is labeled as an analog load-sharing low-voltage low-speed control. It must be used with an engine rated at 130 rpm or less. 

What programming type is used with the 8280-480?

The 8280-480 model is used with Woodward's Graphical Application Programmer (GAP). The GAP programming is a Windows-based program; the programming is fully self-documenting and can produce engineering-style drawings as soon as the programming is completed. The programming can be easily customized to meet site-specific requirements.

Reviews For 8280-480

Internal Review

One of the excellent features of the 8280-480 model is its ability to be programmed to the user's specifications. There are also standard programmed versions of the 723/723PLUS controllers for marine, gas engine, power generation, and mechanical drive specifications. The 8280-480 unit can be used as a supervisory control when needed. - AX Control Tech

Repair Services For 8280-480

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Repair Service 1-2 weeks $1872

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