Parker’s AC30 drives, now with a power rating up to 250kW

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

Parker Hannifin has extended its AC30 series of variable speed AC drives up to 250kW output rating. The move comes following a recent update to introduce a pulse encoder feedback option, bringing closed-loop capabilities to its portfolio.

Flexibility, reliability and simplicity are said to be at the core of the design attributes of the AC30 series, which is available in several different frame sizes. Control is assured, from simple open-loop pumps and fans through to closed-loop process line applications.

Offering integral energy monitoring capability, the AC30 series is claimed to allow engineers to match motor speed to fluctuating application demands. As well as energy savings, the mechanical life of motors, pumps, fans and ancillary equipment such as ducting or pipework, is said to be extended.

Engineers can enjoy the benefits of integrated macros for a host of different applications, while the Codesys-based Parker Drive Developer software tool enables the creation of sophisticated PLC functionality within the drive that would previously have necessitated a separate PLC. What’s more, flexibility and high modularity ensure that a range of communications, such as Profinet, Profibus and EtherCAT can be added, along with I/O modules.

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