Machines in motion: Communication modules added to drive


Machine control/motors, drives, motion control

Three communication options-RS-485/Modbus, CANopen, and DeviceNet-are now available for SMVector drive from AC Technology, a member of the Lenze Group. Pop-in modules can be factory-installed or inserted into existing products.

Uxbridge, MA —SMVector drive from AC Technology , a member of the Lenze Group, now features three communication options: RS-485/Modbus, CANopen, and DeviceNet. Pop-in modules can be factory-installed or inserted into an existing drive. Enhancements, says the company, allow the line to be compatible with almost every machine environment and lets users maintain communication preferences.

SMVector is said to be designed for environments where inverter technology was once considered too costly, such as packaging machinery, food processing machinery, material handling and conveying systems, and HVAC systems. Drive has a power range up to 25 hp and has features for demanding applications, including four modes of operation: V/Hz, enhanced V/Hz, vector speed, and torque. It also offers high starting torque, auto-tuning, advanced low-speed control, and dynamic speed regulation. Input voltage ranges from 120 V ac, 1-phase to 600 V ac, 3-phase to make the product applicable globally.

"One of the core strengths of AC Tech has been to take advanced technology and utilize common-sense engineering practices to create easy-to-use products," said Darrow Hanesian, director of product management at the company. "The model SMVector is the next generation of inverter technology that continues this proven and successful philosophy," he added. SMVector also includes the company's electronic programming module, the drive's memory in a removable chip that allows rapid programming of multiple drives.

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jeanine Katzel , senior editor

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