Rockwell Automation’s New Smart Drive Now in Asia

Rockwell Automation, Inc. has made available the PowerFlex AC variable frequency drive portfolio in Asia Pacific to support a broader range of motor control applications. Particularly, this will give customer flexibility, performance, and intelligence in their next generation drive through TotalFORCE Technology.

To illustrate, the new PowerFlex 755TS drive is the first six-pulse drive to incorporate TotalFORCE technology from Rockwell Automation. This will help customers get the most out of their equipment.

PowerFlex 755TS drive

Previously, TotalFORCE is only available in PowerFlex 755T drives with active front-end technology. Now, it can suit to wider range of applications. This includes traditional fan, pump, and conveyor applications. Furthermore, it can also suit more advanced motor control processes that require high-performance features found in specialized drive solutions.

Improves Operational Productivity

This addition brings a simplified and consistent user experience to virtually any motor control application in three ways. First, is the flexible and high-performance control. Here, the drive’s power range, voltage classes, and performance capabilities meet the requirements of a wide range of motor control applications. This allows users to leverage a common drive for multiple applications, which can simplify support and reduce burdens on staff.

Second is operational intelligence. The built-in predictive models use continuous operation monitoring to calculate the expected remaining life of drive components. These insights help users reduce unplanned downtime and maintenance costs by replacing components as needed instead of on a fixed schedule.

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Lastly, the new addition brings eased commissioning and optimization. Using a suite of features referred to as Adaptive Control, the drive monitors machine characteristics that can change over time and automatically compensates for changes. This helps users commission the drive quickly and maintain it for the life of the drive without a tuning expert. In addition, it also helps reduce mechanical wear and improve uptime.

“Significantly more industrial companies can experience the benefits of TotalFORCE technology now that it’s available in a traditional six-pulse drive,” said Sav Papadopoulos, Business Manager for low voltage drives, Asia Pacific, Rockwell Automation. “No other drive on the market delivers the combined performance and intelligence capabilities of the PowerFlex 755TS driven. (This) helps improve operational productivity and reduce burdens on the workforce.”

Fortifies Security in Industrial Operations

The PowerFlex 755TS drive is available with an option for enhanced corrosive gas protection (XT) that helps improve uptime and extend the drive’s operating life in corrosive gas environments. Furthermore, the drive has been tested and validated in one of the most severe corrosive-environment-test protocols. These tests combine industry-leading, 30-day exposure in mixed flow gas testing per ASTM B845 Method K. it also has additional proprietary tests that go beyond any industry standard requirement known to date.

To help strengthen cybersecurity in industrial operations, the 755TS drive is CIP Security capable. Hence, when implemented, CIP Security helps fortify a control system by providing data authenticity, integrity, and confidentiality. This helps defend against the risk of someone remotely accessing a network and acting maliciously.

Moreover, the 755TS drive helps ease migration from other PowerFlex 750 drives. The 755TS drive is also a drop-in mechanical and electrical replacement for other PowerFlex 755 drives.

In addition, it also uses the same slot-based architecture that allows users to continue using I/O and safety cards from their existing 750 drives. Lastly, Premier Integration into the Logix control platform helps ease drive configuration and programming.