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Increased IP66 Protection Enables Decentralised Use of Eaton’s PowerXL Drives
- Published: Monday, 17 February 2014 16:43
Power management company Eaton is now offering its PowerXL Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) rated up to 7.5 kW with IP66 protection.
The robust devices can be surface mounted directly next to the motor or at the machine thus ensuring versatile use and simple retrofitting even in harsh industrial environments. Compliance with the necessary EMC requirements is also easier thanks to the resulting shorter motor cable lengths. PowerXL drives are ideal as an easy-to-install, user-friendly and energy-efficient solution, particularly with applications such as pumps, fans, conveyor belts, cranes, compressors or lifts.
Eaton tests its products in accordance with all the applicable international standards whilst special applications with more extensive requirements are also possible. It is for this reason that Eaton is now offering its VSDs with IP66 protection so that they can be installed outside of the control cabinet. This simplifies the retrofitting of drives to older installations where there is often insufficient space for installing a VSD in the control cabinet itself.
PowerXL VSDs enable operators to implement load-oriented manufacturing control of their machines to increase energy efficiency and lower operating costs. The range currently consists of two models: the DC1 basic model for ratings from 0.37 to 11 kW, and the DA1 for ratings from 0.75 to 250 kW for more demanding solutions. They are specifically designed to make the benefits of modern VSDs, which in many applications include large energy savings, readily and easily accessible. To achieve this, they feature innovations that include support for Eaton’s SmartWire-DT connection and communication technology, an advanced auto-tune system, and energy optimiser functionality that, with light loads, automatically reduces the voltage applied to the motor and, therefore, its energy consumption. PowerXL VSDs also offer connectivity to a wide range of networks and fieldbus systems and, to guarantee effective future proofing, they are compatible with IE2, IE3 and IE4 standards.
SmartWire-DT technology eliminates the need for conventional panel wiring. Instead, prefabricated plug-in cables are used to link the drives and other devices within the panel. This novel approach greatly reduces wiring time, saves space within the panel and almost completely eliminates the risk of wiring errors. The use of plug-in connections also means that modifications to the panel can be made quickly, easily and inexpensively.