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IP66 protection enables decentralised drive use

04 April 2014

Eaton is now offering its PowerXL Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) rated up to 7.5 kW with IP66 protection. The robustness of the devices enables it to be surface mounted directly next to the motor or at the machine, offering versatility of use and easy retrofitting, even in harsh industrial environments.

Mounting the drive closer to the motor will also make compliance with EMC requirements easier because of the shorter cable lengths. 
 
The Power XL range currently consists of two models – the DC1 basic model for ratings from 0.37 to 11 kW, and the DA1 for ratings from 0.75 to 250 kW for more demanding solutions. They include features that support Eaton’s SmartWire-DT connection and communication technology, an auto-tune system, and energy optimiser functionality that, with light loads, automatically reduces the voltage applied to the motor and, therefore, its energy consumption. PowerXL VSDs also offer connectivity to a wide range of networks and fieldbus systems and, to guarantee effective future proofing, they are compatible with IE2, IE3 and IE4 standards.
 
The use of SmartWire-DT technology eliminates the need for conventional panel wiring. Instead, prefabricated plug-in cables are used to link the drives and other devices within the panel. This approach can reduce wiring time, saves space within the panel and reduces the risk of wiring errors. The use of plug-in connections also means that modifications to the panel can be made quickly, easily and inexpensively.


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