September 30, 2011 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Lenze Americas’ compact 8400 motec inverter drive is equipped for all drive functions and scaled to deliver energy efficiency in material handling applications. Tough enough for almost any environment, the IP66 enclosure, with its modular design, encases three units – the drive, communication and wiring units. Available in a power range from 0.37 to 3.0 KW, the unit can be mounted either on the geared motor or wall-mounted for space savings in the control cabinet. When employed with asynchronous motors, the drive’s “VFC eco” mode permits the motor to be operated in partial load (in applications with constant or slowly changing loads) providing a 10 to 30 percent increase in energy efficiency, the company says. Equipped with a large LED, operation and error status are clearly visible from a distance for simple diagnostics. The replaceable memory module stores all parameters, further simplifying setup and service while increasing system uptime, according to the company. With CANopen, AS-i and Profibus communication options, the 8400 motec is ready for network installation common in many industrial applications.