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The Curtis Model 1353 CANbus I/O expansion module provides accurate control of up to 9 proportional hydraulic valves, or can be used to add other digital and analog I/O to any CANopen based control system. The Model 1353 can also be used ‘standalone’ as an integrated I/O control module and is the “big brother” to the existing 1352 eXM with impressive, expanded feature set on an identical footprint.


Expands I/O capabilities on any CANopen vehicle control system. Typically used on materials handling trucks, aerial lift platforms, airport ground support equipment, compact construction equipment and sweeper-scrubber floor care machines.


Exciting 1353 Features Include:

• Fifteen multi-purpose I/O pins.

• Nine high-frequency 3A PWM proportional valve driver outputs.

• Six analog inputs which can be enabled for voltage or resistance measurement.

• Analog inputs support connections of up to two quadrature encoders.

• Fully CANopen compatible.

• 23-pin AMPseal connector.

• 12V unregulated, +5V regulated 200mA (total) protected DC output supplies.

• Serial port option to allow direct programming by Curtis 1313 / 1314 programming devices.

• Rugged mechanical design, sealed to IP65 per IEC 60529.

• Safety compliance, designed to the requirements of EN1175-1:1998+A1:2010, EN (ISO) 13849-1.

Read the datasheet and Manual here

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Launch of the new

1353 CAN interface expansion module

Simple, flexible, cost-effective control of up to nine proportional or on/off hydraulic valves.  For use on both IC engines and electric vehicles and is the “big brother” to the existing 1352 eXM.

Curtis UK has been delivering battery charging solutions for more than 20 years.  Curtis Chargers are manufactured in a state-of-the-art ISO 14001 certified Italian factory. These chargers offer users significant advantages in efficiency, longevity, data retrieval, flexibility and support.

The new 8 hour PRIMOPulse charger offers a high level of control, protection and information – at an affordable price.

This model fully complies with European Standards DIN 41774. Its unique, modified Wa characteristic provides users with significant cost savings thanks to lower charge factors (typically 8-10% less when compared to standard Wa and WoWa charging).  It charges faster than Wa chargers and uses less water consumption due to lower charge factor. An 800 charge cycle memory provides improved and intelligent battery management, proportional gassing and controlled equalisation. This results in efficient charging and battery protection along with a "start" delay function that makes use of off-peak power saving up to 60% on electricity running costs.

All this results in less battery maintenance and increased battery life and, along with other special features, can provide savings in the first year in excess of £1000 – more than the cost of the charger!

The standard colours are Ral 5010 Blue and 7016 Grey. Customer specific colours and product variations (like airblow or weatherproof casing) are also available.  The PRIMOPulse is covered by our 5 year warranty and is also supported by nationwide service agent cover, so users are offered a truly unique level of service in this industry.

For more information call 01604 885201 or email us at info@curtisinst.co.uk.

Your Source for

Traction Battery Charging

Curtis Chargers offer users significant advantages in terms of efficiency, longevity, data retrieval, flexibility and support.

Curtis Low-Cost LED Flashing Safety Beacon imagesCA3DAMMF.jpg

LED developments have made great progress in recent years and as a result, prices have gone down. Efficiency of light output, low energy consumption, excellent reliability and great resistance to shock and vibration means they are longer lasting and require less maintenance than other models.

Curtis continually strives to improve their product offering.  Component advancements mean this great new LED Flashing Amber Beacon has an improved specification that, whilst complimenting the current range, is offered at very competitive rates.

This great value multi-voltage (72VDC min to 110 VDC max) emergency light is an inexpensive and powerful warning light that, unlike conventional Beacons, requires little or no upkeep during its long lifetime.  Available for a limited time at £15, key points for reference are:

  • LEDs last longer and use less energy so
  • Comparatively, other types of beacon are more expensive to operate
  • LEDs have a solid state construction which strongly resists shock & vibration (great for industrial or construction trucks)
  • By comparison, LEDs are incredibly bright which means they can be confidently used both indoors and outdoors
  • Top quality, backed by a 2 year warranty

Special Promotion!

Call 01604 885201 or email orders@curtisinst.co.uk and quote part number 18133750-0001 and promotion code ADWFD01 to receive beacons for £15 plus FREE standard UK delivery on your first order.

Markets and Applications

  • Medium and heavy duty applications
  • Agricultural and industrial markets
  • IC engine and electric vehicles
  • Forklift trucks
  • All materials handling and electric vehicles
  • Pallet trucks
  • Construction and airport equipment
  • Refuse collection
  • Road maintenance vehicles and equipment
  • Cherry pickers, man-up machines, aerial lift equipment
  • For full specifications read the datasheet

Reasons to use LEDs

Our latest LED beacon is a 6-burst, 65 flash per minute light, with IP65 rating.  It also features a constant "on" option, which enables OEMs to build in control system links for things like fault alert flashes if required.  This is a great value item benefitting from ultra-low power consumption, long life performance and great value at £15 each, lower cost than similar LED and Xenon flashing warning lights.  

Curtis UK has a huge selection of vehicle safety equipment available which includes a wide range of LED and Xenon beacons plus worklamps and alarms.  If you want to learn more or request a sample please call our sales office at 01604 885201 or email us at info@curtisinst.co.uk

Low-Cost LED Amber Flashing Beacon

Special Offer

Ultra low power, long life performance and great value at £15 each.  Perfect for medium or heavy duty vehicle applications and all agricultural and industrial materials handling and electric vehicle markets.

Learn more here

New Acuity Video

The newest, most accurate, most reliable and most complete set of vehicle battery information explained in a short video.

New Model 1236E and 1238E AC Controllers are now released

The ‘E’ series range boasts a powerful new dual-microprocessor logic core with faster main processor, more memory, extended VCL and CAN Master capabilities, plus a supervisor micro that ensures a level of functional safety that is compliant with EN ISO 13849-1, and exceed the requirements of EN1175-1:1998 +A1:2010. 

Importantly, ‘E’ series controllers are CE marked as programmable safety devices under EN ISO 13849-1.

Additionally, an exciting new 1236E model has been released—the 48V, 550A rated 1236E-5521, which can be used in place of the earlier and much larger 550A model, providing OEM’s with functionality, size and cost improvements without any loss of power.

All the “old” models are still available, but Curtis would urge existing OEM's using 1236/1238 on applications destined for use in Europe, to change to the ‘E’ equivalent as soon as possible, to ensure compliance with the relevant EEC directives.

To learn more about the functionality of Curtis AC Speed Controllers click here, read the datasheet 123638ERevA3.pdf, or speak to our customer support engineers by calling 01604 885201.




E-Series Controllers

Model 1236E and 1238E are now released, completing the roll-out of the "E" versions for industrial applications.  Learn more  here.

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For trusted Curtis controller service and reconditioning:
Only TVH, the Curtis Authorised European Service & Repair Centre, gets our stamp of approval.

All Curtis motor speed controller service and reconditioning in Europe is performed by our exclusive authorised service and repair centre TVH, located in Belgium.

Europe's largest remanufacturer
With its brand new 6000 square meter facilities for the repair and remanufacturing of electronic parts, TVH is without a doubt Europe's largest, best equipped and most diverse remanufacturer of electronic parts for electric vehicles of all types.  The TVH team of  more than 40 technicians  take care of the repair and remanufacturing of more than 20,000 motor speed controllers and printed circuit boards a year.  TVH supplies more than 20,000 customers in 162 countries. As a one-stop shop, the company offers a full service in lift trucks, spare parts, accessories, rental, repairs and handling equipment with a guaranteed fast delivery at a competitive price.  For service and reconditioning of Curtis controllers in Europe, click here.

For trusted Curtis products, service and reconditioning:
Contact Liftsure, the Curtis Authorised Agent in Africa.

Liftsure industrial Parts were formed in 1999 and have been the local agents for Curtis since then.  They provide specialist advice and equipment for all materials handling needs and, with over 20 years experience in the forklift industry Curtis are confident that their combination of product knowledge and skilled manpower resources, they are able to offer the type of equipment and service our standards dictate.  Liftsure Equipment engineers are all factory trained with experience on electric forklift trucks, warehouse equipment, battery and battery chargers and other types of handling equipment.  Their service department is equipped with technical specifications and workshop manuals for all popular makes and models of forklift trucks and enables them to offer first class support to our engineers and customers to rectify problems in the quickest possible time.  To learn more about Liftsure and the Curtis products they provide throughout Africa, click here

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European and African

Service and Distribution Agents

Sale of new Curtis products and support for parts in the field is available across Europe and Africa.

David Miller Appointed as Special Engineering Projects Manager – Motor Speed Controllers for Curtis Instruments, Inc.

MT. KISCO, New York, May 2014 — Curtis Instruments, Inc. announces that Mr. David Miller, a recognized electronics specialist in motor speed controller technology for electric vehicles, has been appointed to the newly created position of Special Engineering Projects Manager – Motor Speed Controllers. His career has spanned more than three decades and has encompassed senior engineering and project manager positions with key responsibilities for new product development. He went on to help found a new startup Motor Speed Controller company based in Europe, becoming Managing Director and helped run the company profitably and successfully for a number of years. In his new position, Mr. Miller will be a key contributor to the design engineering and worldwide product development for the Curtis motor speed controller product lines.

Mr. Miller will report to the Curtis California controller R&D center, home of the famous Curtis PMC controller brand, but will be headquartered in his home office in Newcastle Upon Tyne in North East England. From this locality he will also support major Curtis OEM customers in Europe.

As a multi-disciplined Electronics Engineer with specialist knowledge of battery powered electric vehicle’s and control systems, Mr. Miller joins Curtis with a proven track record of technical innovation coupled with project managerial ability.  Equally  competent  in  both  hardware  and  software  design,  with  in-depth experience of motor speed controllers and most types of popular brushed and brushless motors, he is a specialist in industrial trucks, including airport support vehicles, golf carts, personnel  carriers and other market segments.

Mr. Miller studied at St. Bedes Grammar School, Lanchester, County Durham, and studied Electronics Engineering at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Prior to joining Curtis Instruments, he has had two decades of progressively responsible experience with leading global companies including NEI Electronics; Sevcon Ltd; Digital Motor Control GmbH; and Integral Power Train Ltd.

Mr. Miller is married and resides in Whickham, North East England with his wife Jane and two teenage daughters, Emily and Harriet. In his personal life, David is a keen tennis player but also enjoys playing golf, mountain climbing and is a follower of Formula 1 Racing.

Curtis Expands Global Product Development Team

David Miller is appointed as Special Engineering Projects Manager and will be a key contributor to design engineering and product development for Curtis worldwide.