ABB expands DCS800-EP Panel Drive to 300 HP

ABB expands DCS800-EP Panel Drive to 300 HP

March 9, 2011 - The DCS800-EP Panel Drive, a pre-engineered DC solution, now is sized and available up to 300 hp with the introduction of the “C” frame model. This new frame-size adds 200-, 250-, and 300-hp solutions to the product line, at 460Vac, as well as 100-, 125- and 150-hp solutions, at 230Vac.

The DCS800-EP includes the field-proven DCS800 drive module -- mounted on a multi-level subpanel, along with standard and optional components, such as AC contactor, fuses, and a control transformer.

“We are very pleased to double the size of our offering, so this drive can be utilized for a larger variety of applications,” said Thomas Junger, the DCS800 Product Manager. “This is going to be a big help to those who need a panel drive retrofit, or just are looking for a high-performance unit that they can install in a hurry.” Future expansion will bring the power range up to 600 hp, he said.

Replacement for FlexPak 3000
The panel drive meets UL 508A, with a 65 kA short-circuit current rating (SCCR). It was engineered to be a virtual drop-in replacement for the Reliance Electric™ FlexPak 3000, commonly used in the steel- and pipe-mill industries, and also for extruders and many other applications. Since ABB’s acquisition of Baldor Electric, which sold the FlexPak 3000 for many years, the DCS800-EP is expected to be even more accepted, universally, as the FlexPak 3000 replacement (which continues to be in the “legacy” phase of its life cycle).


  • 10 to 300 hp at 460Vac/500Vdc; 5 to 150 hp at 230Vac/240Vdc;
  • Space-efficient multilevel panel
  • Easy tool access to internal components
  • Pre-wired, pre-tested solution for smooth start-ups
  • Greatly simplifies the procurement process
  • Module can be replaced, without replacing the entire panel
  • Integral ABB AC contactor
  • UL Listed with 65 kA SCCR

Suitable for Heavy-Duty Applications
All DCS800-EP drives carry a heavy-duty overload rating, allowing 150 percent overload for 60 seconds.

Wide range of options
The panel drive offers a wide range of options. It can be ordered with or without a main circuit breaker and blower motor contactor and overload. It also offers an integral line reactor right inside the package, when one is required, up to 150 hp, 460V. And the drive can be ordered without the AC contactor for those occasions when an existing DC contactor can be reused. ABB components have been used whenever possible, and the panels are built right here in the USA.