ABB introduces MotiFlex e180 servo drives

  • March 04, 2015
  • ABB
ABB introduces MotiFlex e180 servo drives
ABB introduces MotiFlex e180 servo drives

March 4, 2015 - ABB introduces MotiFlex e180 three-phase ac servo motor drives with real-time Ethernet compatibility and feedback interfacing, built-in functional safety, and the ability to be used in many different types of control system architectures - from centralized control to intelligent stand-alone motion solutions.

The Drives may even be configured using a range of different continuous/peak power output modes to optimize them for applications with different precision, dynamic performance and duty-cycle requirements. Combining this flexible overload scheme and range of feedback interfaces, including a future, single-motor cable solution with Hiperface DSL, the drives can be used for control of high dynamic servo motors, and induction motors in closed-loop vector operation. The MotiFlex e180 Drives appeal to OEMs, System Integrators and Automation Engineers who design for an exceptionally broad range of continuous and heavy-duty application sectors, including printing, papermaking, converting, textiles, plastics and steel production.

In total, nine drives offer a choice of continuous power outputs up to 90 A, and peak outputs up to a maximum of 120 A. Four different continuous/peak output level and time combinations can be selected for each of the nine power levels, providing great scope for matching Drive performance to specific applications - including extended lifecycle operation in 24/7 environments.

MotiFlex e180 Drives may be software-configured for EtherCAT, Modbus TCP, Ethernet/IP or PowerLink based systems. The drives also support many different forms of feedback, including incremental and digital absolute encoders with different output formats, resolvers and the new generation of Hiperface DSL encoders, which combine motor power and feedback in a single cable and offer significant cost savings on cabling and installation time for companies building large multi-axis systems.

Integrated safety is another core feature of the design, and MotiFlex e180 Drives feature dual-channel support for Safe Torque Off (STO) functional safety, conforming to PL e SIL3. Each drive also comes with a substantial range of built-in I/O, including six digital inputs, two fast-latch inputs, four digital outputs, two analog inputs and an analog output, a high power relay output, and a PTC sensor for motor thermal protection.

MotiFlex e180's extensive built-in functionality allows drives to be employed in many different control system architectures. The software-selectable Ethernet communications capability makes it easy to build systems using PLCs.

"The MotiFlex e180 offers OEMs and Automation Engineers a drive range that is almost limitless in its applications potential," says Product Line Manager, Michael Mikolajczak of ABB. "It can be configured in so many different ways, for different control architectures, feedback schemes and communications networks; it really represents a universal platform for high power applications. The integrated flexibility is also provided with great economy, thanks to an intense focus during the design phase on modularity and design for manufacturing."

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people. 

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