New AC Micro-drives offer high performance and flexibility
23 April 2019
A new series of AC Micro-drives developed for the widest range of industrial applications which combine valuable functions and features to provide important benefits through the whole life-cycle of a machine or installation, have been introduced by Yaskawa.
GA500 Variable Speed Drives set new standards in performance, helping users to simplify complex technologies by combining reliability, ease-of-use, power and adaptability. From drive selection, through design, installation, start-up, or trouble shooting, the design brief for GA500 Micro Drives has been clearly focused on making life easier.
With 100 years of experience in driving electric motors and over 27 million produced AC drives, Yaskawa’s products combine technical superiority with easy handling and the latest result of this evolution, is the new GA500. Compact in size and flexible in terms of connectivity, the GA500 is designed to handle nearly any application and enables users to run any motor type from 0.2 up to 30Kw.
The key features and benefits include; integrated EMC filters, embedded dual channel safety (STO SIL3/PLe), one field-bus card to network 5 drives, the ability to meet all global standards along with safe, convenient set-up and monitoring, with apps for all mobile devices. Other features include, a robust design enabling the drives to operate up to 4,000m altitude and in hot environments up to 60ºC. Coated PCB’s protect against dust and mist, while Integral temperature-controlled fans run only when needed, so any potential for contamination is minimised while service intervals can be prolonged.
The bright LED display and tactile keypad ensures easy and intuitive navigation through menus, while the common menus and parameters are arranged and named as any other Yaskawa drive minimising the need for re-training.
Also, an embedded programming environment for customising drive functions means scalability and the potential to replace the need for external controllers. The USB port means easy connection to a PC or mobile device for programming, monitoring or trouble-shooting while easy-access terminals ensure quick and convenient connection of mains and motor cables without the need to remove any cover. Also screw-less control terminals create long lasting, reliable connections without the need for re-tightening.
The internal 24 VDC power supply sensors deliver an extra 150mA for use with external sensors thereby eliminating the need for a separate power supply. Also, as the drive is optimally rated, normal duty rating allows users to run one size larger motor in variable torque applications.
In conclusion, GA500 Micro Drives offer simple system integration, combining network support, application focused features and customisability, fast installation and set-up, eliminating the need for peripherals, excellent machine performance thanks to the integral latest motor control technology along with safe, secure operation by virtue of a compact and robust design.
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