Inverter drives are faster to install and commission

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

The Lenze i500 inverter drive is claimed to reduce complexity in areas such as cabling, program writing and parameterisation. With powers from 0.25 to 45kW and a modular design concept, the i500 series is suitable for use in food process, packaging, conveying and fluid handling.

The i500 inverter is said to reduce the time required to build the control panel.Keyhole shaped mounting lugs means that they can be slotted onto bolts that are already in position.Mains and motor power connections are easily accessible.Optional shield plates are available for engineers who prefer not to earth the cables to the panel frame, these slide into place on the inverter to provide clip-on earthing.

The i500 inverters are said to offer three alternative ways to set parameters.A plug-in keypad gives push-button control with a clear visual display of settings.Alternatively a plug-in module with USB port allows parameters to be set from a PC.A third module allows wireless setting, when access for connecting a USB cable is awkward.The inverters can be programmed offline and without power so loaded programs can be transported from one inverter to another using a pluggable memory chip and also copied in a separate module.

To access all i500 parameters from a PC, Easy Starter software is structured to allow fast handling.Connection from PC to inverter is by USB or a fieldbus such as CANopen, EtherNET/IP, EtherCAT, PROFIBUS or PROFINET.

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