If you were to strip down your machinery and plant technology, you're certain to find inverter technology inside. Inverters have, for decades, been used to regulate and monitor drive technology in applications such as conveyor lines, corner transfer units, storage and retrieval systems, and many more plant machinery modules bedsides. But is all inverter technology equal? And how future-proof is the current state-of-the-art?
The NEW ARRIVALS: MOVIDRIVE® application inverters
When developing our new MOVI-C® modular automation system, one of the key things we looked at was whether current inverter technology will cope with the automation tasks of the next few decades. One approach would have been to take pre-existing components that are technically sound, tried-and-tested and, most importantly, reliable – and make them even better.
Instead, we chose to completely re-engineer inverter technology and take automation technology based on MOVI-C® to a whole new level. After all, we believe the future of automation is mapped out in every component, including inverter technology. That is precisely why the MOVI-C® modular automation system includes new MOVIDRIVE® application inverters. Although the name hasn't changed, the inverters have been completely redeveloped and redesigned. The end result is a new inverter platform for all standard motors.
Compact or modular – MOVIDRIVE® controls and monitors all types of motor
The MOVIDRIVE® application inverters are available as single-axis application inverters with rated outputs up to 315 kW and as modular multi-axis systems incorporating single-axis and double-axis modules with rated currents up to 180 A. They exhibit an overload capacity of up to 250% for dynamic motions. Both as single-axis application inverters and in the modular design, "made by SEW-EURODRIVE" inverter technology controls and monitors all types of motors, from synchronous and asynchronous AC motors with/without an encoder to asynchronous motors with LSPM technology or synchronous and asynchronous linear motors. Functional safety is of course built in and even the basic unit incorporates the safety function STO in PL e. More than 15 additional safety functions can be incorporated using safety option cards.
In practical applications, MOVIDRIVE® supports impressively straightforward and fast commissioning
To get your motor up and running, you can read off and input the type designation on the motor's electronic rating plate. Alternatively, you can also use the electronic catalog in the MOVISUITE® engineering software.
If your motor is not recognized, that's no problem either, as it can be brought into operation simply by using a calibration function. What's more, energy-saving functions such as regenerative power supply units, energy storage units and a standby mode ensure optimum energy efficiency. During breaks in operation, standby mode reduces the power consumption of the application inverter by up to 85% – without losing communication with the overarching PLC.
Applications are put into operation using both graphical editors, which make it incredibly easy to create motion functions, and automatic IEC code generation, which is an entry-level sequence programming solution.
MOVI-C® ensures everything falls into place
Everything falls into place in our new MOVI-C® modular automation system – the engineering software matches the control and inverter technology and everything comes together seamlessly with the drive technology.
Tell us what you need and we will offer you a customized, future-proof automation solution.