ACS55 component drive introduction from ABB offers industry the most compact model available.


With the introduction of the new model ACS55 variable frequency drive, ABB offers OEMs and System Integrators the most compact and slimmest motor drive in ABB’s extensive component drive range. The small-horsepower model is being launched with a rating from 0.25 to 3 HP. “This component drive is designed as an entry level product for new users, and is aimed at various applications, particularly exercise training equipment, gate control, pumps, fans, conveyors, packaging machines, x-ray screening machines, material handling, ovens, powered roof ventilators and heat exchangers,” said Michael Mikolajczak, product line manager for ABB’s component, machinery and general-purpose drive lines. “The drives are particularly suited for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) who manufacture special machines in high volumes.” Easiest Drive to Install – a Real Value Among early users, the ACS55 is being hailed as the easiest drive to install -- and the best-value drive in its class, Mikolajczak noted. The simple installation is attributed to a host of features, including a descriptive interface, compact and slim design, a removable mounting clip, and a new, optional feature called the DriveConfig kit. The descriptive interface allows basic parameters to be set up using DIP switches and potentiometers -- without the optional DriveConfig Kit. This provides for a faster set-up and easier configuration. The removable mounting clip allows DIN-rail and wall mounting from the rear and side of the unit. Three widths are available – 1.77 in., 2.66 in. and 2.77 in. – depending on the power rating. DriveConfig Kit For Parameter and Software Loads to Drives – No Power to Drives Required! The optional DriveConfig kit is a new tool for volume manufacturing, offering fast and safe configuration of drives – NO power to the drives required! It is a PC tool that enables parameter setting and software updating without the need for a power connection. The drives can remain in their delivery boxes during configuration. It features on-line drive control and monitoring of up to four signals simultaneously. This kit is available Qtr 1, 2008. “When used with the new drive, the kit brings additional value to processes by saving time and ensuring safety,” noted Mikolajczak. “The tool literally saves a volume producer, who is repeating a configuration on drives for machines, hundreds of hours of time, compared to traditional methods of loading parameter sets.” This latest ABB ACS55 component drive is a drop-in replacement for the ACS50.
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