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VACON extends its powers

31 July 2015

The popular VACON 100 range of AC variable speed drives has been extended to include models rated up to 800 kW. 

This means that users can now benefit from the unique combination of features offered by these drives in virtually all industrial and commercial applications, even the most demanding.

The new higher power additions to the VACON 100 range are available as IP00 modules for mounting within control panels and in enclosed versions with a choice of IP21 or IP54 ingress protection ratings. All versions feature compact construction and all are available with power ratings up to 630 kW on 400 V supplies, 800 kW on 690 V supplies. Even higher powers can be achieved by operating the drives in parallel.

Like all VACON 100 drives, the new models have been designed with ease of use and ease of integration in mind. They offer advanced commissioning tools for rapid straightforward set up whatever the application, and powerful diagnostics with a plain-text help system. They also feature, as standard, integrated support for ModBus TCP, Ethernet I/P and Profinet IO connectivity. Plug-in option cards are available to provide support for other popular communication and fieldbus standards.

Other key features include enhanced safety with Safe Torque Off in line with uncontrolled stop category 0 of EN 60204-1, Safe Stop 1 in line with controlled stop category 1 of EN 60204-1, and ATEX-certified motor over-temperature protection. These functions are achieved without the need for additional external components, which reduces costs, panel space requirements and wiring time.

VACON 100 drives, including the new high power versions, use film capacitors rather than the usual electrolytic types in the critical DC link section. This means that the drives are more reliable, more energy efficient and have longer working lives. It also eliminates the need for time-consuming and inconvenient capacitor reforming, even if the drives are in storage or out of service for long periods.

Drives in the VACON 100 family are ideally suited for use in a wide range of constant torque and constant power applications such as pumps, fans and conveyors. In these applications, energy efficiency and productivity gains mean that, in almost every case, the savings made will quickly repay the cost of the drive and its installation.

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