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Compact machinery drives handle motors up to 22kW

08 December, 2022

At the recent SPS show in Germany, ABB extended its family of machinery drives with a range of compact, easy-to-use VSDs for controlling induction and permanent magnet motors up to 22kW. The ACS180 drives can control conveyors, pumps, fans, mixers and compressors, in a variety of sectors including food and beverage, textiles, material-handling and commercial applications.

“The ACS180 is an important addition to our machinery drives family that establishes a solid foundation for the majority of straightforward applications,” says ABB global product manager, YiRan Jia. “However, the ACS180 is definitely not a stripped-down version of the larger drives. It delivers a high level of performance, robustness, flexibility and functionality for machine-builders who want an affordable and simple-to-integrate drive option.”

The cabinet-mounting VSDs come in five frame sizes with IP20 enclosures. They are said to provide optimised cooling airflows to ensure long, reliable service lives. A built-in Safe Torque Off (STO) function brings motors safely to a no-torque state.

The drives are said to offer good motor control without an encoder. They support both scalar control for robust, basic speed control, and vector control for more demanding regulation of speed and torque throughout the speed range.

The machinery drives are suitable for applications up to 22kW

The VSDs can interface with automation systems via the Modbus RTU protocol or using digital/analogue I/O connections. Graphical icons make the control panel easy to use and reduce the need for translation – an important factor for OEMs selling into global markets.

A small embedded PLC allows the drive’s functions to be tailored to suit specific applications.

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