Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Diagnostic Electronics with Fast Reaction Time, Detects Machine Crash Less Than 1 ms

By continuously monitoring a machine’s condition, ­unforeseen problems can be identified and addressed. Vibration analysis protects machine components, tools and workpieces during machining against costly consequential damage and avoids scrap.

ifm’s multiplex vibration monitor provides specific vibration analysis on components inside a machine such as rolling element bearings, rotational unbalances, and gear drives.

The system consists of a cabinet-mount diagnostic module, model VSE, and multiple compact accelerometers that are mounted permanently on the equipment.

The condition of the equipment is continually monitored and evaluated for any changes in the operating parameters. Time and frequency domain data is locally processed for triggering of the integrated programmable analog and digital outputs, or for transmission to SCADA systems via the integrated Ethernet communication port.

The O3D Smart Sensor - Adding an Extra Dimension to Your Machines

ifm's O3D Smart Sensor is a unique industrial 3D imaging solution that enables automated machines to perceive their environment in 3D, with human-like vision.

The O3D Smart Sensor’s Application Assistant, with its patented 3D chip technology, adds a third dimension of sight to Packaging and Material Handling Machines. The result is unparalleled machine vision and improved efficiency.

• The Case Completeness application is designed to verify that a case contains all the necessary products. It ensures that all contents are properly placed in the case, eliminating the potential for short shipments and damaged products.

• The Box Dimensioning application confirms sequencing of products for mixed-case palletizing and sized-based sortation, preventing crashes and delays. The O3D Smart Sensor dimensions boxes and cases to an accuracy of ± 10mm.

New applications to decrease cycle time, including palletizing, depalletizing and pallet fork pocket protection solutions are in development and coming soon!

At the low price point of $1250, the O3D is the best 3D industrial imaging value available.

RFID High Frequency System for Tracking High-Speed Processes

ifm's new RFID DTE identification system tracks, controls and improves the quality of products throughout the automation process. ifm’s DTE RFID solution offers an easy and cost effective way to implement RFID.

Widely used in conveying, mold/die management and pallet tracking, the DTE system is capable of reading and writing data at high speeds and can connect to all common plc’s and industrial bus systems.

RFID system features include:
  • 4-port RFID controller configurable for read/write antennas or digital inputs and outputs
  • Configuration through built in web page, including read/write capability
  • Standard non-shielded M12 cables between antenna and controller
  • 13.56 MHz system uses standard ISO 15693 tags for global compatibility
  • Integrated Ethernet switch which can be used to daisy-chain devices
The robust DTE controller contains a built-in web-based tool for device setup, diagnosis and monitoring. Setting up the device can be done conveniently from the user’s desk, without connection to a field bus system, for example, and thus allows the system to be tested prior to installation. No external software is necessary for configuring.
CARLO GAVAZZI is pleased to announce two new product lines designed specifically for harsh environments. The new ICS Inductive Proximity Sensors meet or exceed IP69K, ECOLAB, and FDA standards. The new CONB Series Cordsets meet or exceed IP69K and ECOLAB standards. Both the ICS Sensors and the CONB Cordsets are perfect for environments where high pressure sprays, high temperatures, or harsh chemicals are present.

The ICS Series sensors are the ideal solution for harsh environments such as those found in the Food and Beverage, Mobile Equipment, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Renewable Energy and Agricultural industries. Key features and benefits include:
  •     IP69K ensures the sensor and cordset will withstand high pressure and high temperature cleaning processes
  •     ECOLAB certification ensures resistance to many harsh acids, alkalines, aggressive chemicals, cleaning agents and disinfectants
  •     FDA compliance assures that ICS Series sensors are made of materials approved for use in the food industry
  •     Wide operating range of -40°C to +80°C ( -40°F to +176°F) easily accommodates both hot and cold temperature extremes
  •     Will work reliably for up to 15 minutes in boiling water (100°C / 212°F) - thus accommodating cleaning process requirements
  •     True microprocessor-based technology allows final calibration after the assembly, enabling greater temperature stability, reliability, and repeatability
  •     The ability to re-program the microprocessor opens up opportunities to customize the sensor to specific OEM requests, such as special output types, switching frequencies, and timing functions
  •     Clearly visible diagnostic LEDs are easily viewed from any direction, and provide sensor status, set-up assistance, as well as short circuit or overload indication
  •     With up to 2,000 Hz operating frequency, the new ICS Series is one of the fastest inductive proximity sensors available on the market, making it the perfect choice for high speed counting and rotational speed monitoring
  •     Permanently legible, laser-engraved part number, cULus / CE marks, and serial number are readily visible on the sensor housing
  •     All sensors are cULus listed and CE marked
ICS Series inductive proximity sensors are available in a variety of configurations, including:
  •     Three-wire DC wiring configuration
  •     Available in M12, M18, and M30 housings
  •     All housings are 316L stainless steel
  •     Single (2-15mm) or double (4-22mm) sensing distance
  •     Flush or non-flush mounting
  •     Long barrel housings (short barrel also available for M30 housings)
  •     Normally open or normally closed outputs
  •     200mA PNP or NPN transistor output
By pairing the ICS Series or any IP69K rated sensors with the new CONB Series cordsets, a complete solution is available for the Food and Beverage industry, or any harsh environment application.

Key features and benefits include:
  •     All CONB Series cordsets are IP69K rated, and ECOLAB and UL certified
  •     Wide operating range from -40°C to 105°C ( -40°F to 221°F), one of the highest temperature ratings in the market
  •     Orange Thermoplastic elastomer cable for clear visibility of dirt accumulation
  •     Stainless Steel locking nut to resist corrosion
The CONB Series cordsets are the perfect complement to any IP69K rated sensor, including inductive, photoelectric, and capacitive sensors offered from Carlo Gavazzi. Available configurations include:
  •     Cable length of 2 meters or 5 meters
  •     Straight or 90° angle connector
  •     Non-illuminated or LED versions

Multi-Site Energy Data Loggers with Embedded Web Servers

CARLO GAVAZZI has launched a new line of modular monitoring systems for energy management. VMU-C EM is a data logger system for small to medium projects, VMUC-Y EM is a hardware data aggregator for medium to larger projects and Em2 Server is a software solution for large projects. They are designed to complement the extensive line of Carlo Gavazzi energy maters and current transformers.

The VMU-C EM is a combination of hardware modules, whose primary function is to collect data from a network of energy meters and environmental sensors and then make this data available to end users utilizing industry standard methods, such as integrated web server, FTP, HTTP and Modbus/TCP data transfers. In addition to data management, the VMU-C EM platform can provide a relay output, SMS or email alarms and scalable pulse rate inputs. The VMU-C EM can function as a standalone data logging solution for applications with up to 32 meters or as a data gateway for larger installations.

The VMU-Y EM is a data aggregator that is built upon the VMU-C EM hardware platform, with a primary function of aggregating data from a network of VMU-C EM data loggers in applications where support for more than 32 energy meters is required. The VMU-Y EM relies on VMU-C EM data loggers to collect the data from energy meters and environmental sensors, but it is also responsible for the management of collected data and web server function. Up to 10 VMU-C EM / 320 meters can be managed by single VMU-Y EM.

The Em2 Server is a software solution provided as a Virtual Machine software appliance to be hosted either in a customer’s facility or remote server. Similar to the VMU-Y EM, the Em2 Server relies on the VMU-C EM for communication with energy meters. It aggregates data in large applications with up to 100 VMU-C EM loggers / 3,200 energy meters and provides web server function.

UA18xSD Series Compact Ultrasonic Sensors

CARLO GAVAZZI is pleased to announce a new range of compact ultrasonic sensors, available in M18 housings constructed of thermoplastic (UA18CSD Series) and stainless steel (UA18ESD Series). Despite their compact 53 to 61mm overall housing length, these new sensors provide long sensing distances up to 800mm.

They provide an excellent cost/performance ratio for OEMs in a variety of markets, including Wood, Material Handling, Food & Beverage, HVAC, Packaging, Plastic & Rubber, Agriculture, Glass & Ceramics and Automotive.

Both digital output and analog output versions are available. Digital NPN or PNP versions can be either NO or NC, and support two different set-points, providing a detection “window.” The analog output versions include 4-20mA or 0-10VDC, with positive or negative slope. A simple “teach-by-wire” function provides an easy means to set up the sensor parameters. Standard connection options include either a two meter PVC cable or M12 connector.

All UA18CSD and UA18ESD sensors are IP67 rated, have cULus UL508 approval, and can be operated with 10 to 30VDC. The UA18CSD and UA18ESD compact sensors are a perfect complement to Carlo Gavazzi’s broad line of ultrasonic sensors in M12, M18, and M30 housings, with sensing distances up to 6 meters.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Lenze's New i500 Inverter Series

Lenze, a global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, announced today the launch of its new line of fully scalable i500 frequency inverters.

The functions and power of the new range of i500 frequency inverters can be tailored to virtually any machine application and industrial environment. Compliant with efficiency class IE2, Lenze i500 inverters feature a slim design and peak energy efficiency in the 0.33 to 60 Hp (0.25 to 45 kW) power range.

"Lenze set out to bundle cutting edge control technologies into a customizable IE2-compliant package for machine builders," according to Darrow Hanesian, director of product management, Lenze. "All of the i500 components are stringently designed for optimal energy efficiency, which boosts the value for machine builders by increasing power density while allowing for a smaller design."

The compact, modular Lenze i500 frequency inverter features a lower housing depth along with a sophisticated cooling system to reduce heat losses and allow side-by-side installation with minimal wiring in a smaller control cabinet. Inverters for control cabinet installation feature IP20 and IP31-rated protection.

Delivering functional scalability and integrated safety, the Lenze i500 power section is structurally separate from the control unit, and contains different forms of field bus communication, including Ethernet, multiple I/O interfaces, and plug options for a keypad, a USB interface or a wireless LAN module. These interfaces provide users with greater flexibility and ease of commissioning, parameter setting, maintenance and diagnostics. The wireless LAN module can communicate with a PC or via a smart phone keypad application.

"Experience shows that each customer's application is unique. Our new Lenze i500 frequency inverters are structured and built to give machine builders the ultimate in energy savings, integration and design flexibility to specify precisely the features they need," adds Hanesian.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Red Lion Expands Sixnet® Series RAM® Industrial Routers to Integrate Industrial Automation and Networking

Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the addition of the compact all-in-one RAM® 6021 to its Sixnet® series RAM 6000 industrial routers. RAM 6021 routers offer industrial and manufacturing site operators a secure, flexible way to remotely connect, monitor and control assets, saving time and reducing costs across industries that include factory automation, oil and gas, and water/wastewater applications.

Red Lion’s rugged RAM 6021 industrial routers are purpose-built for extreme conditions and deliver the security required to prevent unwanted intrusion in both the connected factory and remote locations. By facilitating communication between local and wide area networks, the RAM 6021 provides the ability to seamlessly connect, monitor and control machinery and equipment. Add in robust security features, which include a stateful firewall, network address translation (NAT) and VPN connections, and the RAM 6021 delivers a powerful all-in-one solution that seamlessly connects to existing Ethernet infrastructures, including networks with Modbus and DNP3 enabled devices.

The RAM 6021 also provides a high-performance user interface that simplifies unit configuration and management. This sleek, graphical web interface is now available across the entire portfolio of Sixnet series RAM and IndustrialPro® industrial routers.

“The connected factory is now a reality, and Red Lion’s new RAM 6021 router allows customers to benefit from using industrial automation and networking to increase productivity, control and visibility while reducing operating costs,” said Diane Davis, director of product management for Ethernet networking at Red Lion Controls. “With an easy-to-use web interface, flexible configuration options and enhanced security features that protect against intrusions, our rugged RAM routers deliver reliable communications across the factory floor and other extreme environments.”

Today’s organizations increasingly seek ways to connect, monitor and control devices to create state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. Linking industrial assets requires rugged solutions that ensure flexible, secure communications from the plant floor to remote locations around the world. RAM 6021 routers integrate industrial automation with networking to increase productivity and reduce costs by minimizing the need for onsite visits for equipment troubleshooting and maintenance.

AT&T Certifies Red Lion’s RAM® 9000 Industrial Cellular RTUs in North America

Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the availability of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) support on the AT&T cellular network for its Sixnet® series RAM® 9000 industrial cellular RTUs. With certified AT&T 4G LTE wireless connectivity, organizations of all sizes can leverage increased data speeds for primary or backup WAN connectivity for remote industrial and manufacturing sites, video surveillance applications and rugged automation environments.

“We are pleased to announce that our new RAM 9000 industrial cellular RTUs have been certified for use on the AT&T cellular network in North America,” said Paul Bunnell, product director, process automation for Red Lion Controls. "Our compatibility with AT&T’s 4G LTE network illustrates Red Lion’s commitment to providing industrial partners and customers with rugged, high-performance connectivity. By using our industrial cellular products to gain high-speed access to data and video, customers can achieve data rates that were once only available through the use of wired connections.”

The RAM 9000 combines built-in I/O and active GPS with multiple serial and Ethernet ports to securely monitor remote devices via AT&T 4G LTE cellular communications. Ideal for deployment in industrial M2M networks such as oil and gas, water/wastewater, utility, transportation and mining applications, the RAM 9000 provides a seamless network extension to remote locations. With more I/O than many competitive offerings, the RAM 9000 serves as a robust platform that enables customers to save wiring time, space and cost by combining separate functions into one cellular device.

Features of the RAM 9000 include:
  • High-density on-board I/O (two digital inputs, two digital outputs, three analog inputs and one relay output) lowers total system cost
  • Separate RS-232 and RS-485 ports offer remote connectivity to serial devices
  • Routing capabilities provide reliable, secure communication and network failover
  • Active GPS receiver automatically tracks device location information

Red Lion Adds New HSPA+ Cellular Plug-In Module to Graphite® HMI Platform

Red Lion Controls, the global experts in communication, monitoring and control for industrial automation and networking, today announced the availability of an HSPA+ (GMHSPA) cellular module for its Graphite® Human Machine Interface (HMI) platform.  The new module uses an HSPA+ cellular network to provide reliable high-speed data communication to remotely-located assets across oil and gas, water and wastewater, power, utility and alternative energy applications.

Programmed using Red Lion’s award-winning Crimson® software, the GMHSPA+ module easily plugs into Graphite HMIs to provide a space-saving solution that simplifies installation. The combined solution supports over 300 different industrial protocols, enabling users to monitor and control a large variety of disparate equipment and processes, such as temperatures, pressures, flows and levels.

“Combining an HSPA+ cellular module with Graphite HMIs provides customers with a powerful solution to cost-effectively monitor and control remote equipment,” said Jeff Thornton, director of product management at Red Lion Controls. “Using high-speed cellular networks eliminates expensive site visits. This allows users to receive critical device and performance data in real time, thereby saving time and money while staying informed.”

Launched in 2013, Red Lion’s Graphite HMIs offer a built-in web server that enables users to monitor and control applications via PCs, tablets or smartphones. SMS text-messaging and email alerts provide early warning of process issues, which helps avoid costly downtime. In addition, protocol conversion lets programmers select 13 or more simultaneous protocols from a list of over 300 to seamlessly integrate disparate devices such as PLCs, drives, barcode readers and panel meters.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Protect Your Connection with Isolated Ultra-Small and Strong USB to Serial

Brainboxes releases the US-159 small profile USB to Serial device with isolation. We have given our customers the ‘just works’ reliable USB to Serial connection they have come to expect from Brainboxes but with the added security of isolation, perfect for demanding industrial environments.

The US-159 gives an RS-232 serial connection on one end with a high retention USB connection of the other. All connections are electronically isolated from one another in our smallest toughest case yet.

The US-159 case is in our ultra-small form factor, and can cope with industrial temperatures, is IP50 rated and has a high retention USB connection. Really tough, can’t be snapped or crushed and is well sealed limiting ingress from dirt and moisture and works from -40°C to +80°C (-40°F to +176°F).

Isolation prevents electrical damage to your expensive equipment. The US-159 has 2kV of isolation protecting from high voltage spikes, and ground potential difference. With all the different equipment and power sources factories are environments where power spikes and disturbances can be a common problem. Isolation can go a long way to protecting your equipment from these variations.

Increasingly laptops come without serial ports and small form factor PCs are losing ports too. Many substandard USB to Serial solutions are unreliable. Customers reported to us that they need add on products to be as small as possible as they were often limited for space. They also needed a strong connection as the product was taking the weight of a heavy Serial cable.

Robust High Retention USB B Type Connector has a withdrawal force of 3.2lbs. (15N) making it 50% stronger than traditional USB. High retention eliminates accidental disconnections and the USB connector won’t snap under weight of connecting cables. High retention cables give the secure connection of an integrated solution but still have the flexibility of the detachable/changeable cables.

If you’ve used our USB to Serial products before you’ll know the software is trouble free, with great compatibility and works where many others fail. That same software, with drivers for all latest Microsoft OS including Windows 8.1 comes with the US-159.

The US-159 with isolation is a good choice for environments with lots of electrical interference, but it can be used in any of the following environments for added piece of mind: Banking, Configuration for System Admins, Maintenance engineers, Configuring PLC and CNC machines, CAD systems, Broadcast, Home automation, small form factor embedded PCs with limited expansion options. It’s for anyone who needs a portable Serial port they can depend on when they are on site.

Stronger, smaller, smarter – our best ever USB to Serial.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hitachi Introduces the SJ700D Series of Dual Rated Advanced Industrial AC Variable Frequency Drives for Both Constant and Variable Torque Applications

Hitachi America, Ltd., Industrial Components and Equipment Division, today announced the introduction of the SJ700D Series of Industrial AC Variable Frequency Drives,  with  full  availability  in  February.  The  SJ700D  significantly  expands  on  the  performance, capabilities and functions of both its predecessors, the SJ700 and the SJ700B.

Hitachi has once again broadened the applicability of this new series by incorporating and upgrading many of the original flagship SJ700 features and incorporating them into a new, more versatile variable frequency drive package. Therefore, the new SJ700D drives are ideal for a complete wide range of applications beyond variable torque applications such as fans and pumps, or constant torque applications such as material handling or extrusion equipment. The new SJ700D also has a number of built-in features that make the commissioning process quick and easy, such as single parameter change (b049) to set the drive as either a variable torque or constant torque all while offering the end user a trouble-free control.

Another notable upgrade in the SJ700D dual rated inverter is the higher operating temperature range of -10°C to 50°C. The SJ700D is further enhanced from its predecessors with a new faster processing scan time for our exclusive internal programming feature, Hitachi's EzSQ (Easy Sequence), our built-in programming function, which provides the functionality of a PLC built into the inverter. Due to this internal capability, in many cases, the need for a separate PLC can be eliminated or the I/O reduced. Multiple programs for various applications such as irrigation pump control or condition specific motion profiles can be developed on a PC and then downloaded to the inverter with the easy-to-use ProDriveNext software provided at no charge from our website.

The other new helpful features Hitachi has added to the SJ700D include the changes to the EzSQ run parameters that allow an additional free intelligent input, as well as 5 retentive memory locations for use from within the program structure.

Add to these some new operational and protective features, such as output phase loss protection to make sure your application is protected from every angle, to the new faster (115.2k baud rate) Modbus RTU communications to make sure all the data necessary in your process is received in a timely manner, and we have one very versatile and powerful variable frequency drive. The SJ700D also retains all the features that make this such a popular choice, such as our patented micro-surge voltage suppression to protect the motor winding insulation, advanced trip avoidance functions, configurable sink/source logic on digital inputs, user defined analog and digital outputs, PID, built-in dynamic braking circuit in models up to 40 HP (30 kW,) and built-in EMC filters in all models.

The SJ700D incorporates all the features customers have come to expect from Hitachi Variable Frequency Drives, which provide the end user with a reliable, high quality and high value variable frequency drive.

A truly globally accepted product, the SJ700D is CE, UL, c-Tick-certified and RoHS-compliant.

Hitachi Introduces High Performance AC Drive Model

Hitachi America, Ltd., Industrial Components & Equipment Division, today announced the new SJ700-2200HFU2 model inverter, with a 440 A output current capability. This new model fills in the gap at 300-350 hp in the SJ700 series, which now completely covers the range from ½ to 600 hp.

The SJ700 significantly expands on the performance, capabilities and functions of its predecessor, the SJ300. Hitachi reasserts its technological leadership with an improved vector control algorithm and auto-tuning function that enables the open-loop SJ700 (SLV) to develop more than 200% starting torque at 0.3 Hz. Using Hitachi’s unique “0 Hz Domain” open-loop control mode, the SJ700 can develop 150% torque near 0 Hz, ideal for vertical lift applications. In closed-loop mode with encoder feedback, the SJ700 performance is unmatched, delivering in excess of 100% torque at 0 Hz.

Another major new element in the SJ700 is Hitachi’s EzSQ (Easy Sequence) built-in programming function. It’s like having a PLC inside the inverter! In many cases, the need for a separate PLC can be eliminated. The user develops EzSQ programs on a PC, and then downloads them to the inverter using the simple-to-use configuration/programming software provided at no charge.

The SJ700 can deliver true servo-like position control when mated with a general-purpose induction motor and encoder, offering a low-cost motion control alternative. The SJ700, given a position command, speed command, and acceleration/deceleration times, can move the motor shaft from position A to position B following the defined profile and then maintain the shaft in “servo lock” status.

Hitachi has added other new features into the SJ700, such as patented micro-surge voltage suppression (to protect the motor winding insulation), advance trip avoidance functions, configurable sink/source logic on I/O, built-in dynamic braking circuit in models up to 30 hp (22 kW), built-in EMC filter up to 75 hp (55 kW).

The SJ700 also includes built-in RS485 Modbus/RTU communication, and options for other communications networks, such as Ethernet Modbus/TCP, DeviceNet, Profibus and LonWorks. Others, such as Ethernet/IP are in the works. The SJ700 can be configured via the front-mounted keypad or using Hitachi’s ProDrive PC-based software.

Designed to be a product for the global market, the SJ700 carries CE, UL, cUL and c-Tick marks, and is RoHS compliant.

Hitachi Introduces New Advanced AC Micro Drives

Hitachi America, Ltd., Industrial Components & Equipment Division, today announced two new 100 V Class models in the innovative WJ200 series of inverters. The new models are rated at ½ hp and 1 hp, 100-120 VAC, single-phase input, and 200-240 VAC, 3-phase output.

The WJ200 series sets a new benchmark for performance, flexibility and functionality in micro-size AC drives. The WJ200 is a sensorless vector (SLV) drive capable of 200% or greater torque across the speed range. Speed regulation at low speed is dramatically improved – fluctuation is half that of previous models. Improved trip avoidance measures have been incorporated for unsurpassed system reliability and availability.

The WJ200 is distinguished by its integrated PLC-like functionality. With its powerful Easy Sequence (EzSQ) logic controller function, programs up to 1024 lines can be created on a PC using a structured language editing tool. These programs can then be transferred to the WJ200 to control its operation and allow very sophisticated control schemes to be created without the use of external controllers.

Simple position control applications are also possible with the WJ200 utilizing the integrated pulse input. Together with EzSQ, intricate motion profiles can be developed. Further adding to its flexibility, the WJ200 has the capability to drive both induction motors and permanent magnet (PM) motors – a single drive for two motor realms.

A new EzCOM peer-to-peer communications function is standard and allows multiple WJ200s to share data. One drive is designated as the “administrator,” and controls the network. Other drives on the network can be master or slave, with masters able to write data to any designated slave(s). Master/slave roles are rotated under the control of the administrator automatically. Up to 8 masters can reside on the network, and up to 32 drives (up to 247 drives, if external signal repeaters are used). The administrator can be master or slave also. EzCOM allows for creation of sophisticated coordinated systems without any additional external hardware or programming.

Other desirable standard features include a safe-stop function (meets ISO/IEC standards), password protection of parameters, real-time clock, standard Modbus/RTU RS-485 serial port, micro surge voltage suppression, dynamic braking circuit, and much more. The WJ200 is designed for long service with bus capacitors and cooling fans designed for 10 year life and varnish coating of circuit boards. The WJ200 also is RoHS compliant. Option boards will be released in the near future to allow communication via Ethernet/IP, DeviceNet, CompoNet, ProfiBus, CANopen, and others.

Hitachi Introduces the SJ700B Series of Advanced Industrial AC Variable Frequency Drives for Fans, Pumps, Conveyors and More

Hitachi America, Ltd., Industrial Components and Equipment Division, today announced the introduction of the SJ700B Series of Industrial AC Variable Frequency Drives, with full availability in late October. The SJ700B significantly expands on the performance, capabilities and functions of its predecessor, the L700.

To reassert its technological leadership and ensure unmatched performance, Hitachi has broadened the applicability of this new series by incorporating and upgrading many of the original flagship SJ700 features, such as the industry-leading Sensorless Vector (SLV) control algorithm. This algorithm enables the SJ700B to develop 120% of full torque capabilities at 0 Hz in Hitachi’s exclusive “0 Hz Domain” sensorless vector control mode, as well as 150% torque at 0.5 Hz in sensorless vector operation mode in most models, which is ideal for a wide range of applications beyond just fans and pumps. Additionally, operation in the closed-loop full vector control mode is now possible as well through an optional board. The SJ700B also has a number of built-in features that make the commissioning process quick and the operation of the control trouble-free.

Another notable upgrade in the SJ700B is the higher operating temperature range of -10°C to 45°C . The SJ700B is loaded with additional application integration features such as Hitachi's EzSQ (Easy Sequence) built-in programming function, which provides the functionality of a PLC built into the inverter. Due to this internal capability, in many cases, the need for a separate PLC can be eliminated or the I/O reduced. Programs for various applications such as irrigation pump control or repeatable motion profiles can be developed on a PC and then downloaded to the inverter with the easy-to-use EzSQ software provided at no charge.

The other new helpful features Hitachi has added to the SJ700B include the patented micro-surge voltage suppression to protect the motor winding insulation, advanced trip avoidance functions, configurable sink/source logic on digital inputs, PID, built-in dynamic braking circuit in models up to 40 HP (30 kW,) and built-in EMC filters in all models.

The SJ700B also incorporates features customers have come to expect from Hitachi Variable Frequency Drives. Some of the anticipated features include built-in RS485 Modbus/RTU communication. The SJ700B can be configured via the front-mounted keypad or using Hitachi's ProDriveNext PC-based software.

A truly globally accepted product, the SJ700B is CE, UL, c-Tick-certified and RoHS-compliant.