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PPC4, PPC4E, and PPC3 - Poor control below atmospheric pressure

Most common cause of poor pressure control at set points below atmospheric pressure is a malfunctioning vacuum sensor inside the EXHAUST port. The vacuum sensor is used to detect if vacuum is present at the EXHAUST because different control algorithms are used with and without vacuum.


Check that the vacuum sensor in the EXHAUST port is working with these instructions for a PPC4 pressure controller with color display. See PPC4 manual for instructions for PPC4 with green / black simple display. 

[Settings], <More >, <Internal>, <Control Reference>. This should show the current state of the control reference sensor that is inside of the EXHAUST port. If you do not use a vacuum pump this should show “Atmosphere, Auto”. Auto is the default setting for  “Setting”.

If you have a vacuum pump connected to the EXHAUST port: When this is set to Auto the state will change from Vacuum to Atmosphere when a vacuum pump to the EXHAUST port is turned off. You have to go Back from this screen and then back into it to update the State. If you have a vacuum pump connected can you check that the control reference sensor is working correctly? If you don’t have a vacuum pump please confirm that this screen shows “Atmosphere, Auto”.

Vacuum sensor part number: 3137332

Description: 102603,XDUCER,110KPAA,PRESSURE SENSOR






 Another thing to try for fixing control issues is mild reset by this path; [Tools], <System>, <Reset>, <Settings>.

Sometimes updating the firmware can fix control problems. Instructions and a log of firmware revisions is here, PPC4 firmware 

See more details in the PPC4 manual also, available at this link, PPC4 manual

If you have questions contact Fluke Calibration Pressure Technical Support at +1.877.355.3225 or contact us at the below link.


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