Commander C200 & C300

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 MethodForced convection
Humidity95 % 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
AltitudeDe-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)
VibrationTested 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 CapabilityIEC/ 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
RoHSComplies with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (2011/65/EU)
AC Supply Requirements
Voltage100 V models: 100 to 120 Vac ±10%
200 V models: 200 to 240 Vac ±10%
400 V models: 380 to 480 Vac ±10%
Phase1Ø and 3Ø (Model dependent)
Maximum Supply Imbalance2% negative phase sequence, 3% voltage imbalance between phases
Input Frequency45 to 66 Hz
Input Displacement Power Factor0.97
Switching FrequencySize 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 Range0 to 550 Hz
Frequency Accuracy±0.02% of full scale
Frequency Resolution0.01 Hz
Analog Input ResolutionVoltage mode: 11 bits (unipolar) Current mode: 11 bits
BrakingDynamic braking transistor included, requires external resistor
DC Bus Undervoltage Trip100 V models: 175 Vdc
200 V models: 175 Vdc
400 V models: 330 Vdc
DC Bus Overvoltage TripFrame 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 TripProgrammable: Default settings: 180% for 3s, 150% for 60s
Instantaneous Overcurrent Trip220% of rated motor current
Phase Loss TripDC bus ripple threshold exceeded
Over-temperature TripDrive heatsink temperature exceeds 95°C (203°F)
Short Circuit TripProtects against output phase-to-phase fault
Ground Fault TripProtects against output phase-to-ground fault
Motor Thermal TripElectronically protects the motor from overheating due to loading conditions
Approval & Listings
UL, cULUL file NMMS/8: E171230
CECE approval
EUThese 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).
RCMRCM Registered supplier No. 12003815281
ISOManufacturing facilities comply with ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001
TÜVC300 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 & C300Pumping, 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 & C300Conveying

  • 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 & C300Lifting, 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 & C300Access 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 & C300Processing (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 & C300Remote 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 & C300Remote 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 & C300SI-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 & C300SI-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 & C300SI-DeviceNet
SI-DeviceNet enables follower connectivity. It is possible to use multiple SI-DeviceNet modules to provide additional functionality.
Commander C200 & C300SI-CANopen
Commander C’s SI-CANopen interface module supports various profiles, offering optimum flexibility.
Commander C200 & C300SI-Ethernet
SI-Ethernet can be used to provide high speed drive access, global connectivity and integration with IT network technologies.
Commander C200 & C300SI-EtherCAT
SI-EtherCAT allows Commander C general purpose drive to connect and interface with EtherCAT networks.
Commander C200 & C300SI-PROFINET
SI-PROFINET allows Commander C to communicate and interface with PROFINET PLCs and networks.
Commander C200 & C300SI-Interbus
Interbus interface modules.

System Integration Modules – Additional I/O

Commander C200 & C300SI-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 & C300AI-Back-up Adaptor
Port adaptor for SD card parameter cloning, and an input for 24 V back-up.
Commander C200 & C300AI-Smart Adaptor
Has a built-in memory for parameter cloning and an input for 24 V back-up.
Commander C200 & C300AI-485 Adaptor
Adaptor that allows the drive to communicate via RS485.
Commander C200 & C300AI-485 24 V Adaptor
Adaptor with 24 V input.
Commander C200 & C300RS485 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 & C300Connect – 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 & C300Machine 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 & C300Diagnostic 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 & C300Drive 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