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At the recent SPS/IPC/Drives show in Nuremberg, Germany, Sprint Electric introduced an Ethernet-based distributed control system for DC drives that does not require a PLC or supervisory computer.

Drive.web includes graphical configuration tools that provide diagnostics and configurability of all drives on the network, either locally or remotely via the Internet.

The graphical tools allow full configuration of the drives, provide service diagnostics, full documentation and an operator interface for local control, all without the need for a PLC or supervisory computer.

The Drive.web hardware consists of an Ethernet port and processor that takes information dynamically from the drive and makes it available over the Ethernet network.

Additional hardware includes interfaces to AC drives and remote I/O modules, which provide increased access to the network for other control elements.

The configuration software runs on the platform-independent Java operating system, therefore the control system will run on PCs, Macs and Linux-based computers.

The software provides graphical configuration and documentation tools for AC and DC drives; start-up and commissioning assistance with real-time information from the drive and network; and a clean operator interface with dynamic access to machine information.

Sprint Electric offers a wide range of DC motor control, with more than 150 models covering both single-phase and three-phase, regenerative and non-regenerative DC motor applications together with digital slip-ring motor controllers.

The company’s full product range includes analogue and digital DC drives from 12A up to 2,250A.

Whether in retrofits or original equipment, DC drives from Sprint Electric are being used in a variety of applications including metal processing, the pulp and paper industry, rubber and plastic processing, lifting equipment, food processing, leisure industries and others.

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