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Motor control centre offers enhanced diagnostics

22 September 2013

Eaton has introduced the communication-enabled and intelligent iMCC motor control centre for the xEnergy switchboard series.

The complete control wiring inside the drawer units of the iMCC and the wiring to the higher-level controller are replaced by a communication system. Essential detailed information from the drawer units can now be transferred to the higher-level controller, resulting in greater machine and systems availability.

Eaton's SmartWire-DT communication and wiring system is used for the communication inside the switchboard system. It replaces the previously required control wiring in the MCC drawer units as well as the cabling for the control and status information of the drawer units in the switch cabinet. Standard fieldbus systems such as Profibus-DP, CANopen, MODBUS-TCP or Ethernet/IP handle the transfer of data from the switch cabinet to the higher-level PLC.

SmartWire-DT enables panel builders and xEnergy partners to benefit from the simple mounting as well as the reduced and space saving wiring of the drawer unit. As SmartWire-DT replaces both the control wiring inside the drawer unit (to operating elements, switchgear, circuit-breakers and other I/O modules) as well as in the cable connection compartment from the drawer units to the PLC, considerable savings can be made in terms of the time required for installation and commissioning.

Space utilisation inside the drawer unit is optimised at the same time and the material costs are reduced. Unnecessary hardware components are eliminated faster, and the engineering and commissioning of the iMCC and xEnergy switchboard are simplified. A more ordered arrangement inside the drawer units can also be designed and protected fro

Documentation, assembly manuals and instruction leaflets for the iMCC are available here

Eaton has also made its easy800 control relay easier to use with the launch of the easyRemote display app. Available on the Android operating system (for versions 2.2-4), the app enables users to display all the text and functions of the easy800 control relay via a standard smartphone and operate it remotely.

Communication between the smartphone and the control relay is via Bluetooth. The app enables users to communicate with the controller outside of the working area, thus not only increasing general user-friendliness but also enhancing safety.

The new easyRemote display app can be downloaded for free here.

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