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Product RoundUp: Motors and drives refuse to stand still

Jan. 13, 2016
Some of the most recent refinements and innovations in motors and drives are enabling them to serve in increasingly challenging applications and harsh environments


DII15-60-200A is a 1.5-inch diameter, high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) brushless DC (BLDC) motor that provides the ideal solution for severe, downhole applications, such as mud-pulser valves, caliper deployment and sensor positioning.  The motor has been successfully tested to operate under continuous duty in temperatures up to 205 ºC and pressures up to 30,000 psi. DII15-60-200A also features integral Hall commutation, and uses rare earth magnets to support high operating efficiencies and corrosion resistance. It's designed to withstand shock to 1,000 Gs and vibration to 25 Gs, and is built to endure the most extreme environmental conditions. DII15-60-200A also can be customized for gearbox or other feedback device options, and winding variations are offered to meet a wide range of controller voltages and currents.  BEI Kimco Magnetics800-572-7560


SC9000 encapsulated power-pole (EP), arc-resistant, adjustable-frequency drive is reported to be the first fully integrated, arc-resistant, medium-voltage (MV) drive certified to Canadian Standards Association's (CSA) C22.2 No.22-11 standard, and witness-tested to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) C37.20.7 standard through extensive assessment at a third-party laboratory. It's engineered with a robust, arc-resistant, Type 2B enclosure to provide the strength needed to resist forces of arc events up to 50 kiloamperes (kA). SC9000 also meets the IEEE 519 guideline for harmonic control and reactive compensation of static-power converters. It's also certified to Underwriters Laboratories' (UL) 347A standard for MV power conversion equipment, as well as  Canadian Underwriters Laboratories' (cUL) standards, and it's restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) compliant.Eaton800-386-1911


PMX series stepper motors are adding smaller 08, 11 and 14 frame sizes to their traditional 17, 23 and 34 frame sizes. The also feature: minimal drive adjustments with options for 1.8° and 0.9° step angles; flexible manufacturing, including immediate evaluation of small modifications and co-engineered solutions for swift delivery and prototyping; local technical support, offering motion expertise and improved delivery for meaning quicker time to market and less downtime; and easy worldwide application with CE, RoHS and REACH compliance.Kollmorgen540-633-3545


Direct-drive, hollow-shaft motors increase speed and acceleration, while providing better accuracy and faster response times compared to motor-driven, mechanical arrangements. In applications appropriate for direct-drive, hollow-shaft motors, the time of a move may be reduced by up to 80% from approximately 50 milliseconds to less than 10 milliseconds. High repetition rate positional moves are sensitive to inertia matching and types of coupling, in addition to harmonic vibrations in the mounting structures. Hollow-shafted motors are available for extreme environments, including vacuum/space, waterproof/deep sea, radiation-resistant and others.Empire Magnetics Inc.707-584-2801


PAT 44X-10 series compact, lightweight, low-cost, NEMA 4X-rated DC drives are designed to deliver longer life, better performance and higher corrosion resistance. They accept 115- or 230-V AC inputs for operating 90- and 180-V DC permanent-magnet or shunt-wound DC motors (50, 100 and 200 V DC field voltages) from 1/8 to 2 horsepower. PAT series has the same bolt-in form factors as competitive drives to make changeover easy and cost effective. They also feature power and current-limit LEDs, line fuses, inhibit pins for remote start/stop, and a front-cover-mounted speed potentiometer and on/off switch. Setup is simple with trimmer pot adjustments for minimum speed, maximum speed, acceleration, deceleration, IR compensation and current limit. American Control Electronics844-262-6875


PowerFlex 7000 drive system with ArcShield technology is reported to be the first 50-kA, arc-resistant, medium-voltage drive featuring full regeneration capabilities. Combined with an integrated, arc-resistant Allen Bradley Centerline starter, PowerFlex 7000 with ArcShield provides a fully integrated, arc-resistant starter-and-drive system. ArcShield redirects hazardous energy and gases created in an arc-flash event away from personnel. The arc-resistant system is certified to meet the most stringent and comprehensive set of global arc-resistant standards. PowerFlex 7000 also meets Type 2B protection to provide full perimeter personnel protection, even when the low-voltage control door is open for maintenance. This drive system has been tested to meet North American and global arc-resistant standards, including IEEE C37.20.7, IEC 62271-200, IEC 62447-2, CSA C22.2 No. 22-11 and EEMAC G14-1.Rockwell Automation


To fill a void in fan application speeds, 2,400-rpm, permanent-magnet versions of NovaTorque's 3-hp through 15-hp models have been introduced with rated efficiencies of 93.5 to 95%. In many cases, these motors will be one full frame size smaller than the alternative AC induction motor, reducing weight, cost, and possibly VFD size. Also, the 2400-rpm motors retain all the advantages of NovaTorque's 900-, 1,200-, 1,800-, and 3,600-rpm motors. These include 30-50% reduction in motor losses, and 5-20% reduction in energy use compared with NEMA Premium induction motors. They're also compatible with all leading VFD brands, and are produced in NEMA dimensions for easy substitution, while their all-ferrite magnet design allows them to compete with AC induction motors. NovaTorque Inc.510-933-2700


Vacon 100 AC drive is  a multipurpose, energy-saving drive that's easily installed, simple to operate, and can be rapidly optimized to suit many process control needs. It's ideal for constant power/torque applications; achieves greater than 97% efficiency, and delivers low cost of ownership for many applications. Besides saving energy, they drives can also upgrade existing production machinery. Vacon 100 also offers safety features, such as safe torque off, Safe Stop 1 and ATEX-certified motor over-temperature protection. Standard features include built-in I/O with three option slots, integrated RS-485 and Ethernet-based fieldbus support, and conformal coating. Dedicated features for pumps, fans, compressors and conveyors are available.Vacon


IronHorse GSD1 series DC drives are high-performance, pulse-width-modulated (PWM) controllers for 12-V to 48-V equipment, providing smooth control with high-efficiency operation. GSD1 series DC drives are available in 10A (1/8 to 1/2 HP motor rating) and 20A (1/4 to 1 HP motor rating) versions. New models available include 48 V powered units. Other features include adjustable maximum speed, minimum speed, current limit, IR compensation and acceleration. The adjustable current-limit feature protects the control, battery and motor from sustained overloads. GSD1 series DC drives are available in open-frame and NEMA 4X enclosed styles, and all come standard with a speed pot, knob and dial plate. Optional accessories including a replacement speed potentiometer kit and digital speed potentiometer.AutomationDirect800-633-0405


B&R stainless-steel motors meet strict hygienic design standards, are easy to use, and employ a special connector, which allows them to be connected and disconnected in the field. This IP69K connector meets the same strict, hygienic design standards as the previous variant with a fixed mounted cable.The new connector makes the motors much easier to work with and maintain, and allows machines to be cabled as usual—even in areas with heightened hygienic requirements. In fact, damaged cables can be simply unplugged and replaced without having to change out the entire motor. The IP69K connectors also meet EHEDG, 3A and FDA hygiene standards, while the hybrid cables comply with FDA approval and heat resistance up to 150 °C.B&R Industrial Automation Inc.


Low-voltage Frenic-HVAC drives are slim-type inverters designed for energy savings and optimal control of fan and pump applications. Key features include a real-time clock, four PID controls, torque vector control, removable keypad, fire mode and filter-clogging-prevention. They monitor capacitors and other critical components, while maintenance alarms alert users before outages occur. Frenic-HVAC's mean time between failure (MTBF) rating of 398,964 hours means less unplanned downtime, while its modular construction reduces maintenance time.Fuji Electric Corp. of America(732) 560-9410


CFW701 HVAC-R variable frequency drive (VFD) was designed with the features and functions required to control HVAC systems. It's available in single-phase, 230 V AC for applications up to 3 hp, and in three-phase 230, 460 and 575 V AC versions for 1.5-hp through 175-hp applications. Key features include extended life due to conformal coating (3C2) that protects circuit boards against dust, humidity and chemicals. Friendly programming with the integral, backlit keypad enables easy and intuitive setup and operation with quick access to different parameter groups and a selection of engineering units. Also, the drive offers programming flexibility with an integral PLC combined with network and I/O integration. BACnet MS/TP, Metasys N2 and Modbus-RTU communication protocols are standard. Weg Electric Corp.800 275 4934


1587 FC insulation multimeter combines a wireless, digital insulation tester with a true-RMS digital multimeter (DMM) into one handheld tool, and provides enhanced versatility for troubleshooting and preventive maintenance applications. As part of Fluke Connect, a system of software and more than 30 wireless test tools, 1587 FC adds four new diagnostic capabilities when used in conjunction with the Fluke Connect smartphone app. These include: polarity index/dielectric absorption ratio (PI/DAR) with TrendIt graphs that identifies moisture and contamination problems faster; memory storage through the mobile Fluke Connect app, which reduces errors by eliminating the need to write down results, and saves data to the Fluke Cloud for historical tracking over time; temperature compensation via the Fluke Connect app to help establish accurate baselines and relevant historical comparisons; and historical tracking and trending of assets using Fluke Connect Assets software that identifies degradation over time, allowing real-time decisions in the field. The CAT III 1,000 V/CAT IV 600 V safety-rated 1587 FC features a VFD low-pass filter for accurate motor drive measurements, insulation tests of 0.01 MΩ to 2 GΩ, and insulation test voltages of 50, 100, 250, 500 and 1,000 V. It also includes user safety features like auto-discharge of capacitive voltage and live circuit detection that prevents insulation tests if voltage greater than 30 V is measured on the unit under test.Fluke Corp.(800) 44-FLUKE (800-443-5853)


U1000 Industrial Matrix Drive is reported to be Yaskawa's greenest drive ever due to its low harmonic distortion and regeneration in a space-saving design that doesn't need added components. U1000's Matrix technology uses nine bi-directional switches arranged in a matrix to convert three-phase AC input voltage directly into three-phase AC output voltage, which eliminates the need for a rectifying circuit and DC smoothing circuit used in traditional AC drive “inverters.” The result is a compact drive with full regenerative capability and reduced harmonic distortion. U1000 is available in the following voltage and power ranges: 240-V class with 10-100 hp normal duty and 7.5-75 hp heavy duty, and 480-V class with 7.5-350 hp normal duty and 5-300 hp heavy duty.Yaskawa America Inc.


ACS880 industrial drive family features built-in, direct-torque control (DTC) to control motor flux and torque directly. This superior torque response provides better accuracy in matching the driven system's load requirements, and eliminates the need for motor speed or position feedback in 95% of applications. ACS880's safety functions are built directly into the drives, offering many benefits, such as pre-designed and certified safety functions, which makes design, build, validation and safe operation more efficient. ABB

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