STC 3000 - Suitable for RIMS?

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Re: STC 3000 - Suitable for RIMS?

Post by Wonkydonkey » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:40 am

A SSR is an ssr, it's really down to the rated power and if its a copy not up to the rated power.

And don't forget the heatsinks paste to make a good contact to your heatsink.

Btw I replied to your Rex thread

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Re: STC 3000 - Suitable for RIMS?

Post by jaroporter » Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:07 am

if you went for the bundle you linked earlier then those cheapo SSRs are what i use - same 40A rating for a 3kw element too - rated to have plenty of cushion for less than adequate internal parts (will probably really only handle 16 or 25A :roll: ). have been working fine for me. i do also use a 12v pc fan over the heatsink just to help out but i already use 12V in my controller so it's no extra hassle.
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Re: STC 3000 - Suitable for RIMS?

Post by floydmeddler » Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:53 pm

Cheers boys. All good then!

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Re: STC 3000 - Suitable for RIMS?

Post by Fil » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:09 pm

floydmeddler wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:14 am
Fil wrote:
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:33 pm
i ended up buying the sestos brand which is very similar in operation to the US brand Auber
Hey Fil,

I should have listened to you from day one!!! Bought a REXC100 bundle only to find out that it is incompatible with a PT100 probe. :-( Ah well.

So... I bought a Sestos PID on your recommendation. Am I right in thinking that I can simply hook up the the SSR/heatsink that arrived with the REXC100?

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Re: STC 3000 - Suitable for RIMS?

Post by floydmeddler » Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:31 pm

Build is now complete. Thanks for all the advice folks.

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Re: STC 3000 - Suitable for RIMS?

Post by McMullan » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:01 pm

EINBREW wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:43 am
Having worked with the STC and the REX controllers, i can share some experience. We had a failure rate of about 5% on the STC models (out of 120 units) , these were generally a fault with the measurement side, not the probes themselves but the PCB. They are on/off control, so for maintaining a temperature (say for mashing) the relay will be clicking on/off every minute or so. The issue then is the relay life. generally the relays are 100,000 or 300,000 operations, but these are not omron relays, but copies, so if you assume 50k. Now switching on load will bring that way down, perhaps to 1k to 10k operations. if during a brew it opens and closes 100 times, then you get 10 brews (for a life of 1k ops) or 100 brews (for a life of 10k ops).
A 5% failure rate is quite respectable, given the cost of the units. Also, 100 brews is probably what the average home brewer does over several years. An STC costs under a tenner. That's good value, in my mind.

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Re: STC 3000 - Suitable for RIMS?

Post by Kev888 » Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:34 pm

5% is a much a higher failure rate, on those terms, than I'd have expected from anecdotal evidence on the forum, thats quite a surprise.

I suppose 120 units would be a pretty small part of one production run, so it may not be statistically representative against the many thousands made. Or perhaps there has been less comment because generally users have installed these themselves, and so can replace them fairly easily. Certainly, there is rather less acceptance when a lot of money has been spent on something professionally pre-built and/or that needs to be returned for repair. These days not so many people seem to be going the DIY route, so reliability may become more significant.
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Re: STC 3000 - Suitable for RIMS?

Post by McMullan » Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:10 pm

EINBREW wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:40 pm
Modern electronics you really expect and need a failure rate in the 0.x% at worst and possibly 0.0x%.
Not for home-made wort. What you're demanding is something related to risks/costs. It's one of the reasons why those running projects, like clinical studies, don't source their kit from China via eBay. Think about it.

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