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The 2011 edition of ABB’s drives and motors catalogue is now available for end users, system integrators, machine builders and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

The drives and motors catalogue includes the Product Quickfinder, an easy-to-read table that helps users to produce a shortlist of drives and motors for their applications from ABB’s range.

To make it easier to find the correct equipment, the catalogue also includes the Featurefinder, which is said to help users ‘home in’ on exactly the right product features to fit specific applications.

For those that need further advice, there is a page of contact details of all ABB Drives Alliance and ABB Motor Service Partners.

The main data tables for the drives and motors include prices for each product, aiding the costing of drives or motor applications.

New products featured in the catalogue include an industrial drive suitable for all applications.

Rated from 0.55kW to 250kW, the range is the first to feature ABB’s new common architecture, enabling faster commissioning, minimal operator training and a familiarity across all ABB drives to be launched in the future.

ABB’s new high-contrast, high-resolution control panel is visible in all conditions and incorporates a flashing backlight to help users to identify and analyse variations and faults in the process.

The menus and messages can be customised, allowing users to employ their own terminology and to make commissioning and control easier.

Also featured in the new catalogue is Motoradvantage, a scheme that aims to help the process industry uncover the true cost of running electric motors.

The scheme assesses current motor policies in up to five motor-driven applications and identifies improvements that can be made.

Motoradvantage can show when a motor is likely to fail and calculate the impact on production.

The aim is to show the value of holding critical spares and/or using a third party to hold replacement motors, allowing organisations to minimise downtime in critical processes.

The ABB general machinery drive now meets the new Machinery Directive and includes a SIL 3-rated safe torque-off facility.

Other new products include an ABB industrial drive module designed for system integrators, rated up to 500kW.

The drives can be configured to meet the precise needs of industrial applications through a range of options.

The catalogue also details the ABB motor-drive combinations, allowing motors and drives to be matched to suit any demanding process.

Many ABB drives are also ATEX certified for use with an ABB motor for hazardous areas.

ABB Automation Tech – Drives and Motors

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