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ABB Drives & Power Products: Industrial AC drive

ABB introduces the foundation for an all-compatible drive portfolio: the ACS880 model features a whole new platform of drive technology.
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Learn it once, then use what you know for all drives to come: ABB’s new low voltage, industrial AC drive portfolio is built on a common architecture, specifically designed to simplify operation, optimize energy efficiency, and maximize output. This new architecture enables the drives to control virtually any type of AC motor, and interface across all major fieldbus protocols, as well as remote monitoring solutions. Compatibility is key, with users enjoying a host of functions that make selection, installation, set up and maintenance easy; safety features are integrated.

ABB’s new AC drive portfolio introduces a new era in control panel design, featuring an intuitive, high contrast and high-resolution control display, enabling easy navigation. Many flexible data visualizations - including bar charts, histograms, trend graphs - help users to analyze processes, with assistants available to simplify set up. The menus and messages are customizable for specific terminology for applications. An integrated USB port also allows easy connection to the PC tool.

Fast, fast set up
The Drive composer PC tool, for all drive types, offers fast and harmonized start-up, commissioning and monitoring. The free entry version provides start-up and maintenance capabilities, while the professional version of the tool provides additional features, such as custom parameter windows, control diagrams of the drive¹s configuration, basic parameter programming, and safety settings. The control diagrams save users from browsing long lists of parameters and help to set the drive¹s logic quickly and easily.

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The integrated safety functions simplify the configuration and reduce installation space by reducing the need for external safety components. The safety features include safe torque-off (STO), which can be used to prevent unexpected start-up or other stopping-related functions. In addition, the ABB industrial drives offer further integrated safety options, including safe stop 1, safe stop emergency, safely-limited speed, safe brake control and safe maximum speed. The drives¹ functional safety complies with the requirements of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

The new ACS880 series will be available as single drives, multidrives and drive modules, with a wide power range and voltage range up to 690 V. They offer maximum control and functionality with remarkable user-friendliness and advanced safety features. At the heart of the ACS880 series is direct torque control (DTC), ABB's premier motor control technology. These industrial drives are flexible and can be customized to precise needs of any range of industries, including pulp and paper, metals, marine, material handling, mining, cement, power, chemical, oil and gas. The drives support the same software used for ABB’s AC500 PLC, CoDeSys programming environment, in accordance with IEC 61131-3. This commonality allows easy integration of the drive and PLC.
 
One of the first drives to be available from the ACS880 series is the wall-mounted single drive ACS880-01. The drive will be available with a power range from 0.75 to 350 HP and voltage range from 380 to 500 V, with plans to extend to a wider voltage range. The ACS880-01 is designed to control a wide range of applications, such as extruders, cranes, winches, winders, conveyors, mixers, compressors, pumps and fans. Along with DTC, the drive offers extensive range of options, including EMC filters, resolvers, encoders, I/O options and brake resistors. Integrated safety functions include safe torque-off (STO) as standard.

The drive is available with UL TYPE 1 (IP21) enclosure rating. UL TYPE 12 (IP55) rating for dusty environments will be available later on. Alongside with the foundational release of the wall-mounted single drive, the ABB industrial drives series builds upon the all-compatible portfolio with the ACS880 cabinet-built single drives, multidrives and drive modules.

Modular design delivers flexibility and customization
The ACS880 cabinet-built single drives are easy to adapt to different customer needs, since they are built-to order and modular in design. The drive¹s compact design enables easy installation in a wide range of environments, such as in cement, water and wastewater, mining, chemical, pulp and paper industries. The ACS880-07 will be available, initially, with a power range from 60 to 350 hp and voltage range from 380 to 500 V, with plans to extend to higher powers and wider voltage range. The drive offers UL TYPE 1 (IP21), IP22, UL TYPE 1 FILTERED (IP42) and UL TYPE 12 (IP54) enclosure ratings.

The ACS880 series multidrives are compact cabinet-built, drives providing maximum process control to a wide range of industries, including pulp and paper, metal, mining, marine, oil and gas and material handling. Single supply and DC bus arrangement with inverters reduce line power and system size. The multidrives will initially be available with inverter power up to 300 hp and diode-supply unit (DSU) up to 850 kVA, 380 to 500 V, with plans to extend to higher powers and wider voltage range. The drive offers UL TYPE 1 (IP21), IP22, UL TYPE 1 FILTERED (IP42) and UL TYPE 12 (IP54) enclosure ratings.

Modules for OEMs and System Integrators
The ACS880 drive modules are designed for machine builders or system integrators to integrate into their own solutions. The drive modules include everything that is required for a complete single or multidrive configuration including rectifiers, inverters, brake options, EMC filters, dV/dt filters, different I/O and communication options. In addition, a wide selection of electrical and mechanical kit accessories and detailed design documentation is available. The drive modules will initially be available with inverter power up to 300 hp and diode-supply unit (DSU) up to 850 kVA, 380 to 500 V, with plans to extend to higher powers and wider voltage range.

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