Danfoss Drives has released a new model of their VLT AutomationDrive that the company says is tougher and more intelligent than previous models. The updated drive features both hardware and software enhancements designed to maximize performance and provide a new level of application flexibility.

Featuring the new compact generation D- and E-enclosures and a wider operating temperature range (-13°F to +122°F) without derating, the drive operates reliably in demanding applications like mining and oil and gas, as well as in challenging environments. Additionally, it offers a full range of 690-volt rated drives, options for ruggedization and high environmental class enclosures.

The integrated motion controller (IMC) provides advanced functionality to perform high-precision positioning or synchronization with asynchronous or permanent magnet (PM) motors with or without an encoder connection. Not only does the IMC save cost when an application doesn’t require a servo drive — such as rotary tables, cutting machines and packaging machines — but it also saves time due to the commissioning process requiring no advanced programming.

Additionally, the Motion Control Options provide a way to replace mechanical controls with intelligent, energy-saving electronic solutions that result in reliable, high-quality processes that increase productivity and performance. With these options, it’s possible to add electronic cam control with the VLT Motion Control Option MCO 305, reducing system and maintenance costs, or increase the capacity of applications such as palletizers with the VLT Synchronizing Controller MCO 350. Regardless of need, utilizing these options with the VLT AutomationDrive can provide increased control and operational efficiency, providing a faster return on investment.

The drive also offers many options to meet functional safety needs. From the standard Safe Torque Off (PL d, SIL 2) to the VLT Safety Option MCB 150 and MCB 151 that include several safe speed options, such as Safe Limited Speed (SLS) or the addition of PROFIsafe with the VLT Safety Option MCB 152, there are several ways to meet safety needs. Safety commissioning is also made easy with visual instructions within the VLT Motion Control Tool MCT 10 that ensure both fault-free wiring and that safety parameters are correctly transferred from the PC to the drive. MCT 10 also offers easy diagnosis and the creation of a dynamic commissioning report required for safety acceptance tests.

The VLT AutomationDrive also offers:

  • Web-based configuration, EDI, transparent order management
  • Tailor-made documentation dependent on application needs
  • High quality design and durability through embedded protective functions
  • Motor and system independence and adaptability
  • Embedded intelligence (integrated motion controller and pump functions) and functional safety
  • Interface to cloud-based data (like Danfoss ecoSmart)

Danfoss Drives, a member of the Danfoss group, serves the infrastructure, mining, oil & gas and food supply sectors with products and services for applications that include refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, motor control and mobile machinery. The company, founded in 1933, employs 24,000 people and serves customers in more than 100 countries. To learn more, visit www.danfoss.com.