The successful i500 frequency inverter range now also has a decentralised variant. Well-protected with IP66 and well-connected with IO-Link, the i550 protec sets out to conquer the wide range of decentralised drive tasks. Lenze will start by marketing this new series with a power range of up to 2.2kW and has planned the phased expansion up to 75kW.
IO-Link in a decentralised frequency inverter – this has not yet happened in the harsh environment outside the control cabinet. Lenze is making all the advantages of this communication system available for decentralised applications. IO-Link makes it easy to integrate the sensors and actuators distributed in an application into the master control level in order to exchange process, asset or parameterisation data. To do so, there is no need for expensive screened motor cables or to address the nodes manually.
If an IO-Link master is already in use in a network, the new i550 protec can be connected at a low cost – regardless of the higher-level control system. The devices are parameterised automatically during standard set-up or as part of an in-service device replacement. Lenze is the first drive manufacturer to master the standard v1.1, which is necessary for this automatic data exchange. It is also easy to flexibly connect the new decentralised communication standard ASi-5 to the Lenze i550 IO-Link interface. Furthermore, all other common fieldbus interfaces are optionally available.
Even outside the control cabinet, the available space in machines and systems is quite limited. With the i550 protec, Lenze is therefore launching an exceptionally compact device in comparison to the market. For example, the 0.75kW version of the i550 protec requires just 3.1dm³, which is at least half the size or even smaller than typical products on the market. The design of the devices with IP66 (NEMA 4X) capability provides protection against adverse environmental conditions such as high temperatures, dust, dirt or water jets during cleaning operations.
Neil Beaumont, Marketing Manager at Lenze Ltd, comments: "The i550 protec is particularly suited to large-scale machines, distributed applications in material flow or wherever control cabinet space is expensive. With the introduction of this decentralised frequency inverter, we have opened new opportunities for mechanical engineers to control drives outside the control cabinet."
Moreover, engineers who are familiar with the existing Lenze i500 range will find it easy to adopt the new i550 protec frequency inverters because they benefit from the familiar look-and-feel in usability, flexibility, function and scalability.
With the i550 protec frequency inverters, machine builders and system integrators can achieve significant installation cost savings. Typical applications include conveyor belts, fans, pumps, main drives or even lifting units.
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