Vacon’s product offering just got better – again
The VACON 100 has been developed very much with the latest energy efficiency requirements such as the EU’s EuP Directive in mind; and it represents one of the most important new products Vacon has ever developed.
Together with the compact VACON 100 X and the VACON 20 X, launched at the same time, the VACON 100 has strengthened Vacon’s position as an industry leader in the AC drives market.
The design of the VACON 100 – a multi-purpose drive that can be adapted for hundreds of different applications, while offering an industry-leading low cost of ownership and maximum usability – focuses on minimising its inherent energy loss and transmitting as much energy as possible to the motor being driven.
Its main components utilise the latest technology to reduce losses and improve service lifetime. It also continues the modular concept that Vacon introduced with its first range back in 1993, the Vacon CX, which separates power and control components. This makes it both easier and safer to use drives, as the high-voltage power connections and low-voltage control connections are physically separated, eliminating the risk of touching high-voltage terminals when working on a drive’s control terminals. Vacon’s modularity also allows users to choose the specific features they need from a wide range of hardware and software alternatives.
Vacon has also standardised its HMI (human-machine interface) over the company’s entire power range, simplifying training and facilitating the use of setup wizards to guide people through the commissioning process with only a few, critical parameters having to be inputted.
Ease of use is enhanced by the use of a clear multilingual display, including help texts, that allows users in different countries to use the drive in their native language. The display also tracks a number of system variables graphically, which further simplifies the job of finetuning a process.
The VACON 100 drive features an on-board Ethernet port and a Modbus connection as standard to make control system integration easy; other fieldbuses and fieldbus cards are available as options. A battery-supported real-time clock – that can be used to control a drive as a function of time, to reduce air conditioning in an office building during the night and at weekends, for example – helps further reduce energy consumption. Vacon has also incorporated a small, fieldprogrammable PLC function, making external control systems redundant in most cases.