Motors & drives
Schneider Electric, The Global Specialist in Energy Management, will soon release the all new Altivar Process – a range of drives for process applications from 0.75KW to 1.5MW. It is the first variable speed drive on the market with embedded intelligent services.
Thanks to a convergence of IT and OT technologies, Altivar Process drives deliver added value services in the Water, Oil & Gas, MMM, and Food & Beverage industries that enable business and process optimisation through improved life-cycle asset management and optimised energy consumption.
According to John Macdonald, Drives and Motion product manager for Schneider Electric New Zealand, “Services-oriented drives are much more than a drive. Above and beyond traditional functions to control the motor and the application, a servicesoriented drive is capable of delivering services to customers that can boost their entire business. The services-oriented drive is built into their architecture and is focused on optimising business performance, overall equipment efficiency, and total cost of ownership. Therefore, Altivar Process is a great example of how intelligent devices can bring the Internet of Things to the industrial world”.
Optimised business performance
Through advanced system and equipment condition monitoring, Altivar Process ensures that applications are performing at optimum efficiency at all times. Compared to conventional drives, Altivar Process delivers an additional 8% cost reduction thanks to its ability to instantly detect efficiency drifts and to monitor motor power with a high level of accuracy (<5%). This enables the automation system to immediately make adjustments, thereby minimising a negative impact on the bottom line. In contrast to conventional drives, Altivar Process is also able to reduce downtime by another 20 percent due to predictive, condition-based maintenance and an innovative user-interface with easy-tounderstand graphs.
Process visibility and real-time intelligence
Fully integrating both architecture and business systems, Altivar Process provides process visibility and transparent access to enriched data at both the factory and asset level. Embedded Ethernet and advanced web servers provide consistent and secure access to this information, anytime and from anywhere. The embedded web server allows users to select which information to view and which to store (datalogging). Additionally, KPIs and alarms are automatically monitored and can generate alerts to system operators of any performance irregularites so preventive steps can be taken to maintain optimum process efficiency and profitability.
Unique design reduces maintenance
Compact, modular, and f lexible, Altivar Process fits any application and is simple to install and integrate, whether in new installations, retrofits, or upgrades. Designed for critical applications, it is uniquely engineered and integrates process, grid, and installation into a complete solution that reduces maintenance requirements and TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). In addition, its compact, modular, and low-weight modules simplify spare parts inventory and reduce repair time.
To further simplify maintenance, enhance troubleshooting, and reduce downtime and its related costs, operators can access technical documentation, support, and diagnostic information directly on their mobile devices. Error messages also generate dynamic QR codes for instant access to comprehensive support information to efficiently solve issues right on site, while QR codes printed directly on the drives provide instant access to customer care centres and online troubleshooting.
A green drive from beginning to end
Even at the end of its useful life, Altivar Process drives are a green solution since 70 percent of its components parts can be recycled. And, because they carry the “Green Premium” label - Schneider Electric’s unique eco-brand signifying products that meet the European RoHS directive and REACH regulations – Altivar Process drives go beyond compliance regulations of today and help meet the environmental regulations of tomorrow.
Altivar Process, available in IP21 to IP55 versions to suit any type of industrial application Compact and modular high power range offers a complete solution for demanding high power machines.