Specifying variable speed drives and correctly co-ordinated ancillary components is a fast and easy task with the convenient new slide-rule format selector tool from Eaton. The tool has been specifically developed to save time for design engineers and to eliminate the risk of choosing poorly matched components for drive systems.
Users of the handy new tool simply slide the inner section until the required supply voltage and motor rating show through windows in the outer section. They can then instantly read off the most suitable variable speed drive from the Eaton’s PowerXL DC1 and DA1 ranges, along with information about compatible Eaton components for use in the drive circuit. These include the mains protection circuit breaker, main contactor and sine-wave filter, as well as optional mains and motor chokes.
For the drive and each of the ancillary components, the full part number is provided, which makes ordering fast and straightforward. Also shown is useful additional information, including the frame size of the recommended drive, its rated operational current for temperatures up to 50 ºC, and the appropriate fuse rating for applications where fuse rather than circuit breaker protection is preferred.
Eaton’s new drive selector tool is double sided, with one side providing information about single-phase drives with power ratings from 0.37 kW to 4 kW for use on 230 V supplies, and the other side covering three-phase drives with power ratings from 0.75 to 160 kW for use on 400 V supplies. The sliding section of the tool is, however, folded and can be reversed so that the three-phase side of the tool shows data for three-phase drives with power ratings from 0.37 kW to 75 kW for use on 230 V supplies.
As an alternative to the new Eaton selector tool, an on-line drive configurator can be found at http://configurators.eaton.eu/powerxl/?lx=11. This allows users to quickly enter details of their application and requirements, and provides details of suitable Eaton products in the same format as the information provided by the selector tool.
Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.
Eaton is a diversified power management company providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2012 sales of $16.3 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical products, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control, power transmission, lighting and wiring products; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton acquired Cooper Industries plc in 2012. Eaton has approximately 103,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.eu.
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