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Next generation ABB industrial drive module takes customisation to a new level

Posted: Wednesday 1st July 2009

ABBís new drive module features an in-built energy saving calculator, embedded Modbus and drive to drive link, intelligent user interface with a series of assistant wizards, integrated safety functions and modular hardware and software along with a removable memory unit. It also uses the latest feature-rich, high-performance motor control platform, Direct Torque Control (DTC).

Targeted specifically at OEMs, panel builders and system integrators, the ABB industrial drive modules are designed for industrial machinery and applications such as extruders, cranes, mixers, pumps and fans, in the power range 1.1 to 400 kW, with voltages from 380 to 480 V.

Energy saving calculator

An on-board energy saving calculator indicates the amount of energy consumed and the amount of energy saved in kW hours and money, as well as showing the duration curve showing the load profile of the drive. It also has an automatic energy optimiser that provides for optimum drive efficiency.

The driveís internal fan features an automatic on/off control which provides even further energy savings by switching the cooling fan off when the drive is not active. The same on/off control can control the additional fan used to cool the cabinet, saving more energy and reducing control room noise.

Intelligent user interface

The intelligent user interface with advanced assistants make the need to refer to manuals unnecessary, in most cases, while saving time in commissioning.

The drive also includes an embedded Modbus[1] serial link that can be also configured as a high speed drive-to-drive link for master/follower functionality. In addition to Modbus many of the other most commonly used fieldbuses are supported.

Maintenance and diagnostics[2] assistants

The maintenance and diagnostics assistants help keep the process up and running and, in cases of disturbance, minimise the downtime.

  • The maintenance assistant gives an advance warning of maintenance the needs of the drive, motor or related components.
  • The diagnostics assistant helps in locating the cause of a disturbance such as overload or overcurrent and in restoring the process operation, and gives sensible rectification advice.

Integrated safety

Safety as standard is provided by an integrated Safe Torque Off (STO) feature, which removes the torque from the motor shaft. This safety feature conforms with the requirements of SIL 3 / IEC 61508, Cat 4/EN 954-1, EN ISO 13849-1:PL e. There are solutions available also for Safe Stop 1(SS1), Safe Limited Speed (SLS), Safe Brake Control (SBC), Safe Speed Monitor (SSM) and Safe Direction (SDI).

Direct Torque Control (DTC)

The performance and functionality of the drive module is based on the ultimate in motor control technology as provided by the Direct Torque Control (DTC) with enhanced features such as improved performance close to zero speed without encoder, low motor noise mode, higher output frequency and improved motor identification at stand still. This provides excellent process control for asynchronous and permanent magnet motors, yielding higher productivity and a high overall efficiency.

Compact and modular

These compact drive modules, with protection class IP20[3], are optimised for installation into cabinets. The smallest module width is only 90 mm. The modules can be installed side-by-side which saves space as more drives can be placed into the same cabinet, also allowing smaller cabinets, and in turn, smaller control rooms.

Removable I/O terminals provide for easy cabling and help save time in installation. The power cable terminals are located optimally for cabinet assembly (power in at the top, motor connections at the bottom)

The modularity of the product and a wide range of options such as fieldbus adapters, I/O extensions and various encoder interfaces increases the level of drive customisation. The large number of standard I/Os is sufficient for most applications but the modular hardware and software design provides OEMs, panel builders and system integrators with the ability to tailor a drive for a specific end-user application by only choosing the options and features required.

In addition to the standard parameter settings, the drive can easily be customised with an in-built logic functionality programming using IEC 61131-3 function blocks. This is supported by the user-friendly PC tools that can be connected to the drive.

Removable memory unit

A removable memory unit increases the flexibility of the drive and provides for easy maintenance. The unit stores the complete firmware, including all user settings and motor data. If the power unit or control unit is replaced, the drive can be re-commissioned without any drive knowledge, by simply plugging the memory unit into the new drive.

Moreover, the memory unit allows the application software and parameter configuration changes to be made at an OEMís own assembly plant before being sent to the end-user site, just-in-time for commissioning the drive.

Flexible software configuration

The drive contains an extensive set of standard features which are programmed via parameters. Internal pointers allow for easy customisation, to produce end customer specific solutions. If further programmability is needed, then IEC 61131 programming is also available when using the DriveStudio PC tool.

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