Mitsubishi Electric Automation: All-in-one Ethernet drives

Mitsubishi Electric Automation has announced the introduction of Ethernet-connected versions of its popular FR-A800 and FR-F800 Series variable frequency drives (VFDs), providing Ethernet connectivity as a standard feature, and allowing the drives to be connected directly to automation equipment and plant information management systems.

All-in-one Ethernet drives
All-in-one Ethernet drives

These VFDs are well suited for factory automation in the automotive and food processing sectors, as well as wastewater treatment plants. They can be used in process control applications, multiple pump control systems and in networks that require continuous monitoring, such as the measurement of energy consumption.

The FR-A800-E and FR-F800-E inverters can be easily connected to an MES network and provide the ability to exchange data in either direction. They can act as an interconnected VFD “team,” without referring to a separate controller, by simply entering PLC programming directly into the drives. They also can operate simultaneously within an Ethernet environment and virtually any other automation network, forming a convenient gateway around a plant’s other automation equipment.

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