Commander C200 & C300

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Commander C200 & C300

0.25 kW – 132 kW (0.33 hp to 200hp)
100 V | 200 V | 400 V
Commander variable speed drives have established the standard of excellence in motor control since 1983 when Control Techniques launched the first world commercial vector drive. Since then, Commander has undergone several successful reiterations, each time bringing new technology and innovations to the world of automation.
The new Commander C series has been designed to be a simple and compact AC motor speed controller that meets advanced requirements in a wide range of applications and provides optimum user experience.
Commander C Highlights
✓ Set just 4 parameters to get your drive started
✓ Plug-in options for advanced control
✓ Dual Safe Torque Off (STO)
✓ Equipped with the latest energy saving features
✓ Up to 180% overload for high torque applications
✓ On board PLC
✓ Straightforward installation and commissioning
✓ Easy motor pairing and performance control
✓ Robust and reliable design

Simple set up. 3 steps to control
Setting up a drive can require training, specialist knowledge and time.
Not with Commander C: it will get you up and running, from out of the box to controlling your motor, in minutes.
Three simple steps will set up your drive for most fan, pump, compressor, conveyor and general purpose applications!Commander C200 & C300


Control Mode
Open loop vector or V / Hz induction motor control
Open loop Rotor Flux Control for induction motors (RFC-A)
Size 1 – 4: -20°C to 40°C (-4°F to 104°F) @ 3 kHz switching freq. Operation to 60°C (140°F) with de-rating
Size 5 – 9: -20°C to 40°C (-4°F to 104°F) @ 3 kHz switching freq. Operation to 55°C (131°F) with de-rating
Cooling Method Forced convection
Humidity 95 % non-condensing at 40 °C (104 °F)
Size 1 – 4: -40°C to 60°C (-40°F to 140°F) — 24 months Max.
Size 5 – 9: -40°C to 55°C (-40°F to 131°F) — 24 months Max
Altitude De-rate the continuous output current by 1% for every 100 m (328 ft) above 1000 m (3,280 ft) to a maximum of 3000 m (9,840 ft)
Vibration Tested in accordance with IEC 60068-2-64 and IEC 60068-2-6
Tested in accordance with IEC 60068-2-27 and IEC 60068-2-29
IP20, NEMA 1 conduit kits available
Electromagnetic Capability IEC/ EN 61800-3 Immunity and Emissions
EN 61000-6-2: Immunity for industrial environments
EN 61000-6-4: Emissions for industrial environmentsM/br> EN 61000-3-2: Harmonic current emissions
An EMC data sheet is available on request
RoHS Complies with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (2011/65/EU)
AC Supply Requirements
Voltage 100 V models: 100 to 120 Vac ±10%
200 V models: 200 to 240 Vac ±10%
400 V models: 380 to 480 Vac ±10%
Phase 1Ø and 3Ø (Model dependent)
Maximum Supply Imbalance 2% negative phase sequence, 3% voltage imbalance between phases
Input Frequency 45 to 66 Hz
Input Displacement Power Factor 0.97
Switching Frequency Size 1 – 4: 0.667, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 12 & 16 kHz
Size 5 – 9: 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 12 & 16 kHz
Output Frequency Range 0 to 550 Hz
Frequency Accuracy ±0.02% of full scale
Frequency Resolution 0.01 Hz
Analog Input Resolution Voltage mode: 11 bits (unipolar) Current mode: 11 bits
Braking Dynamic braking transistor included, requires external resistor
DC Bus Undervoltage Trip 100 V models: 175 Vdc
200 V models: 175 Vdc
400 V models: 330 Vdc
DC Bus Overvoltage Trip Frame sizes 1 – 4:
100 V models: 510 Vdc
200 V models: 510 Vdc
400V models: 870 Vdc
Frame size 5 – 9:
200V models: 415 Vdc
400 V models: 830 Vdc
Drive Overload Trip Programmable: Default settings: 180% for 3s, 150% for 60s
Instantaneous Overcurrent Trip 220% of rated motor current
Phase Loss Trip DC bus ripple threshold exceeded
Over-temperature Trip Drive heatsink temperature exceeds 95°C (203°F)
Short Circuit Trip Protects against output phase-to-phase fault
Ground Fault Trip Protects against output phase-to-ground fault
Motor Thermal Trip Electronically protects the motor from overheating due to loading conditions
Approval & Listings
UL, cUL UL file NMMS/8: E171230
CE CE approval
EU These products comply with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (2011/65/EU), the Low Voltage Directive (2014/35/EU) and the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive, (2014/30/EU).
RCM RCM Registered supplier No. 12003815281
ISO Manufacturing facilities comply with ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001
TÜV C300 models only: The Safe Torque Off (STO) function may be used as a safety component of a machine.
Type examination certificates by TÜV Rheinland:
Frame sizes 1 – 4: No. 01/205/5383.03/18
Frame sizes 5 – 9: No. 01/205/5387.02/18
Functional safety parameters:
EN ISO 13849-1 – Cat 4, PLe
EN61800-5-2/EN62061/IEC 61508 – SIL 3
UL functional safety approval: FSPC E171230


The Commander series are simple and compact AC motor speed controllers that meet advanced requirements in a wide range of applications. Their small footprint – among the smallest in their class – makes them ideal for machine builders and OEMs, where size really matters.

Commander C200 & C300 Pumping, Ventilating & Compressing

  • Improved energy efficiency during periods of low demand
  • On board PLC & PID functionalities make advanced control easy and efficient without the need of an external controller
  • Skip Frequencies allow users to easily avoid equipment resonant frequencies, reducing high vibration levels
  • Supply Loss Ride Through will keep the drive up and running through most power outages
Commander C200 & C300 Conveying

  • Accurate remote speed control with fieldbus communications
  • S-ramp acceleration / deceleration profiling provides smooth speed transitions minimizing machine jerk
  • Overload capacity up to 180% to add stability
  • Avoids early wear and tear of the equipment
Commander C200 & C300 Lifting, Hoisting & Winching

  • Adjustable mechanical brake sequencing with torque proving function – no need for an external controller
  • Embedded PLC functionality can manage local I/O reducing the need for an external controller
Commander C200 & C300 Access Control

  • Smooth motion with enhanced open loop control
  • Small physical size allows the drive to be mounted easily in smaller control cabinets
  • Highly reliable in harsh environments, providing long lasting service
Commander C200 & C300 Processing (Mixers, Kneaders, Crushers, Agitators, Centrifuges, Extruders)

  • Ease of integration to external PLC or other management systems through powerful networking options
  • Conformal coating for enhanced environmental protection
  • Overload capacity up to 180%
  • Highly stable motor control

 Options & Accessories


Commander C200 & C300 Remote Keypad RTC
The keypad is remote mountable, allowing flexible mounting on the outside of a panel (meets IP54/NEMA 12). Three line plain text, multi-language LCD keypad for rapid set-up and helpful diagnostics. Battery operated real-time clock allows accurate time stamping of events, aiding diagnostics.
Commander C200 & C300 Remote Keypad
Remote mountable, intuitive plain text, multilingual LCD keypad for rapid set-up and superior diagnostics (using the AI-485 adaptor along with a comms lead). Rapid and secure panel fit with 1 x 32mm hole rated to IP66 (NEMA 4).

System Integration Modules – Communications

Commander C200 & C300 SI-POWERLINK
Connects Unidrive, Commander, Digitax and the Pump Drive families to all POWERLINK networks. SI-POWERLINK serves applications ranging from simple open-loop systems through to those demanding precise motion control. The protocol is based upon standard Ethernet and provides a solution for real-time Industrial Ethernet to satisfy the requirements of industrial automation and process control.
Commander C200 & C300 SI-PROFIBUS
SI-PROFIBUS interface module enables follower connectivity. It is possible to use multiple SI-PROFIBUS modules or a combination of SI-PROFIBUS and other option module types to add additional functionality such as extended I/O, gateway functionality or additional PLC features.
Commander C200 & C300 SI-DeviceNet
SI-DeviceNet enables follower connectivity. It is possible to use multiple SI-DeviceNet modules to provide additional functionality.
Commander C200 & C300 SI-CANopen
Commander C’s SI-CANopen interface module supports various profiles, offering optimum flexibility.
Commander C200 & C300 SI-Ethernet
SI-Ethernet can be used to provide high speed drive access, global connectivity and integration with IT network technologies.
Commander C200 & C300 SI-EtherCAT
SI-EtherCAT allows Commander C general purpose drive to connect and interface with EtherCAT networks.
Commander C200 & C300 SI-PROFINET
SI-PROFINET allows Commander C to communicate and interface with PROFINET PLCs and networks.
Commander C200 & C300 SI-Interbus
Interbus interface modules.

System Integration Modules – Additional I/O

Commander C200 & C300 SI-I/O
Extended I/O interface module to increase the number of I/O points on a drive. Provides additional: 4 x Digital I/O, 3 x Analog inputs (default)/Digital inputs, 1 x Analog output (default)/Digital input, 2 x Relays.

Optional Accessories

Commander C200 & C300 AI-Back-up Adaptor
Port adaptor for SD card parameter cloning, and an input for 24 V back-up.
Commander C200 & C300 AI-Smart Adaptor
Has a built-in memory for parameter cloning and an input for 24 V back-up.
Commander C200 & C300 AI-485 Adaptor
Adaptor that allows the drive to communicate via RS485.
Commander C200 & C300 AI-485 24 V Adaptor
Adaptor with 24 V input.
Commander C200 & C300 RS485 Cable
The USB comms cable allows the drive to connect to a PC for use with Commander’s PC tools.

Intuitive commissioning software

Commander C200 & C300 Connect – Commissioning tool
Based on Control Techniques’ 25 years’ experience, Connect is our latest drive configuration tool for commissioning, optimizing and monitoring drive/system performance

Advanced machine control

Commander C200 & C300 Machine Control Studio – Programming tool
Control Techniques’ Machine Control Studio provides a flexible and intuitive environment for programming Commander C’s new automation and motion control features.

Diagnostics Tool

Commander C200 & C300 Diagnostic Tool
Diagnostic Tool is a fast and simple tool, which allows users of Control Techniques’ drives to quickly solve any error codes that the drive may show.

Drive Setup

Commander C200 & C300 Drive Setup
Free access web pages provide ‘how-to’ videos, step by step guides and comprehensive technical manuals for your drive installation.

Catalouge:Commander C-C200-C300-catalouge
Manual:Commander C- C200-C300 – manual

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