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Product roundup: Little big drives and motors

Jan. 19, 2021
Compactness, modularity, scalability and added power let motion devices punch above their weights
Multi-feature, compact AC VFD

Durapulse GS20 AC variable frequency drives (VFD) provide standard and advanced functions in a reduced-sized unit, and are IP66/NEMA 4X-rated for harsh environments. They feature dynamic braking, PID, removable keypad, RS-485 Modbus, built-in PLC, and optional EtherNet/IP and ModbusTCP communication cards. GS20 drives are available from 1/4 hp to 30 hp in single-phase 120 VAC input, single-phase/three-phase 230 VAC input, and three-phase 460 VAC and 575 VAC input. They're available up to 10 hp.


Integrated drive saves 16% on energy

Baldor-Reliance EC Titanium integrated motor drives use ferrite-assisted, synchronous-reluctance (FASR) with non-rare earth magnets to meet and exceed IE5 efficiency. Suitable for constant and variable-torque applications, EC Titanium handles a wide speed-load range and above base-speed conditions. Ratings are available as a motor-only option from 1 to 20 hp (0.75 - 15 kW), as an integrated motor with a top-mount drive rated at 1 to 10 hp (0.75 – 7.5 kW), or as an axial-mount drive rated at 1 to 7.5 hp (0.75 – 5.5 kW).


Micro VFD with built-in PLC

FR-E800Series micro VFD has a built-in PLC, will include safety functions meeting IEC 61508 standards, and supports various networks, including EtherNet/IP, Modbus/TCP, and soon-to-be-released CC-Link IE TSN. Other features include extended programming functions, advanced fault detection, and autotuning of PM motors. The autotuning function includes configurable parameters to reach optimum performance, higher torque, faster acceleration and lower noise levels for quiet operation and meeting efficiency regulations.

Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc.

Combined control, drive control, failsafe

Simatic Drive Controller extends Simatic S7-1500 controllers with drive-based design, and has added two failsafe controllers, CPU 1504D TF and CPU 1507D TF, which have an integrated drive control unit based on the Sinamic S120 drive system and I/O. Simatic Drive Controller also integrates Simatic S7-1500 controller and Sinamics S120 drive system. It integrates motion control and PLC functions directly in the modular Sinamics S120 multi-axis drive system without requiring added cabinet space for the controller.


MCC boosts power, safety

Centerline 2500 motor control centers (MCC) reduce exposure to electrical hazards by disconnecting power from the vertical power bus in an individual unit with the door closed. The handles on the exterior of its SecureConnect units have four operating positions: connected, test, disconnected and released. Centerline 2500 complies with IEC/TR 61641, and provides access as required by IEC 61892.

Rockwell Automation

Self-learning soft starter

RSWT4055F0V111 three-phase AC soft starter from Carlo Gavazzi has a self-learning algorithm that adjusts start parameters to optimize motor starts and stops. It also uses diagnostics to provide protection, along with overload protection. RSWT is a compact, easy-to-use starter for AC pumps and ventilators up to 90 A. Starting parameters can be set using three knobs. Its Class 10, integrated motor-overload protection also provides added installation flexibility.

Digi-Key Electronics

Flexible power levels for various motors

GA500 Industrial Microdrive is designed to provide at least 10 years of continuous operation and meet RoHS2 requirements. It's TUV safety rated, and provides a wide range of flexibility. GA500 is rated up to 40 hp, and can be applied to 240 VAC single-phase, 240 VAC three-phase, or 480 VAC three-phase incoming power. It's also UL-rated to accept DC as its primary power source. It can operate a variety of motors, including induction, permanent magnet (SPM and IPM), and synchronous reluctance (SynRM).

Yaskawa America Inc.

Oscilloscope with eight analog inputs

To provide multi-channel, high-speed waveform measurements required by high-performance inverters, DLM5000 mixed-signal oscilloscope has eight true analog inputs. With low residual noise, extensive voltage ranges and of real-time low pass filters, signal fidelity is ensured. Its history memory lets users save and analyze each trigger captured, ensuring no data loss. When more channels are needed, DLMsync supports multi-unit synchronization extending measurements up to 16 channels.


Easily programmed motion control

Control Techniques PTi210 module enables PowerTools Studio software to interface with Digitax HD and Unidrive M servo-drive platforms. It's reported to be a cost-effective way to provide simple, fast and effective motion control solutions with an intuitive, visual programming environment—with no coding required. PTi20 has five, high-speed digital I/O points, in addition to its onboard drive I/Os, 1.5 axis synchronized encoder following, and rapid integration with dozens of applications.


Saves space, combines components

ctrlX Drive modular drive system is compact, scalable and consistent, has space-saving dimensions of up to 50%, and can provide tailored solutions with peak currents of 6 A to 375 A. All ctrlX components can be combined freely for virtually unlimited combination options. With a reaction time of around 4 ms, ctrlX is reported to offer one of the fastest SafeMotion solutions. Its continuous DC bus optimizes power requirements, and reduces power loss.

Bosch Rexroth

Condition-based monitoring drive

VLT AutomationDrive FC 302 with condition-based monitoring from Danfoss has embedded, condition-based monitoring, allowing users to employ the drive as a sensor to monitor motors and application conditions, detect early issues, and find solutions before they impact processes. Activities that can be sensed and monitored include motor stator windings, mechanical vibrations and load envelopes. Since its functions are embedded in the drive, it can perform without a connecting to a PLC or cloud-computing service.

Motion Industries

Modular geared-motor platform

Evox geared-motor platform uses gear-grinding processes and specific, silent-gear design, and is combined with AxiaVert premium-frequency inverter series, which is available in four sizes with a power range between 0.25 kW and 15 kW. Evox employs enhanced modularity to serve a variety of applications. AxiaVert merges flexibility, modularity and connectivity to provide an optimal response across a range of sectors and degrees of complexity.


In-panel control and protection

XTPR6P3BC1 IEC motor controller is part of Eaton's XT line of IEC power controllers, which provide starting and protection solutions ideal for control panels. XTPR6P3BC1 is an electronic overload relay with 35-175 A overload range, 110 mm frame size, and is used with CE115G, CE150G and CE170G devices. XT also reduces mounting and wiring times by allowing standard components to be combined quickly and accurately without tools. With only 0.5 watts of sealing power consumption, XT fits most requirements.


Multi-rated drive uses IGBT

Frenic-Ace is a full-featured drive designed to suit a variety of applications by using insulated-gate, bipolar transistor (IGBT) technology. Designed with components with a lifespan of 10 years or more, it comes standard with a three-year warranty, while providing compact, powerful, multi-rated specification solutions for virtually all AC drive applications. Some of Frenic Ace's features include multiple power ratings, variety of vector control modes, customizable logic and PM motor control.

Fuji Electric

Motion control connects to PLC

PACMotion servo motion control portfolio includes PMM345 motion controller that connects directly to PACSystems RX3i PLC backplanes for high-speed, high-precision performance with synchronized motion for up to 40 coordinated axes. The portfolio also includes servomotors, servo-drives and motion configuration software. PMM345 operates exclusively with RX3i, simplifying the architecture for seamless integration, while enabling higher speeds and greater precision. PMM345 operates exclusively with RX3i.


Compact, flexible, hygienic linear transport

XTS Hygienic IP69K-rated, mechatronic, linear transport system is a V4A stainless-steel version of the eXtended system. Intended for processing and filling liquids in food and pharmaceutical applications, its hygienic design provides optimal cleanability, high chemical resistance and no hidden corners, edges or undercuts. All joints between components are protected against dirt and liquid contamination by high-quality, elastic joint seals. XTS also replaces many mechanical components with software functions.


Drive analyzers simplify troubleshooting

MDA-510 and MDA-550 motor drive analyzers simplify troubleshooting on single- and three-phase motor/drives with guided testing to capture measurements. They measure motor-drive parameters; perform extended harmonics measurements to identify effects of low- and high-order harmonics; conduct guided measurements with graphical step-by-step voltage and current connection diagrams; use simplified measurement setup; and measure electrical parameters with full 500 MHz oscilloscope, meter and recording.

Fluke Corp.

Low-voltage DC drive with snap-on board

DCL series low-voltage, brushless motor controller operates in the 12-48 VDC power bandwidth and provides up to 30 amps peak for 1 minute, or 15 amps continuously. It removes many of the trim pots and jumpers in typical motor controls, and can be customized for individual applications. For users who wish to modify calibration in the field, DCL has a programmer board CPC300-1 (sold separately) that snaps on and provides calibration of 10 different parameters, as well as DIP switches for setting different operating modes.

American Control Electronics (ACE)

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