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Siemens celebrates ‘click-and-go’ modular control gear

17 March 2011

One year on from its launch, interest in the new range of modular control gear by Siemens Industry Automation & Drive Technologies has far surpassed expectations owing to its integration, cost-saving and diagnostic capabilities

Mark Harrison, product manager at Siemens, comments: “We launched the new Sirius Innovation control gear range in March 2010 and over the past year the response has been incredible.

“The range directly addresses many of the problems plants face as financial pressures on them increase and achieving greater operational efficiency tops the agenda. It does this by making usage easier, therefore reducing expensive downtime and engineering requirements and customers have seen clear benefits in terms of operational efficiency gains, reduced costs, integration, plant monitoring and proactive maintenance. It’s these benefits that have really drawn in our customers and enquiries for new projects.”

The Sirius Innovation control gear range offers users a modular system that makes installation easier. All the modular devices within the system are available with either screw on or spring-loaded terminals.

Using the spring-loaded terminals allows the user to take advantage of ‘click and go’ technology, meaning each individual component of a motor starter can be simply clicked into place without the need for tools. Not only does this drastically reduce assembly and wiring time, but it also allows users to tailor the load-feeder specifically to the requirements of the application.

Covering currents up to 40A in just two frame sizes (S00 for applications up to 7.5 kW and S0 for up to 18.5 kW at 400V) and with all components of the load feeder measuring just 45mm wide, Sirius Innovation is the ideal product for applications where space is at a premium. Integrated auxiliary contacts come as standard and common accessories across the range keep product inventories to a minimum.

Direct on-line, reversing or star/delta starters can be easily assembled by simply clicking in place new intelligent function modules, cutting control wiring time to a minimum and totally eliminating costly wiring errors.

With the introduction of IO-Link and improvements to existing AS-I technology, Sirius Innovation devices can be easily integrated into the control system. This gives much improved fault diagnosis and clear cost saving advantages over conventional point-to-point wiring both in and out of the control panel.

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