Schneider Electric has launched its Altivar Machine range of variable speed drives, capable of saving up to 30% in energy costs via its integrated accurate power measurement function.
Altivar Machines are an embedded “Internet of Things” technology that enable improvements to businesses through improved machine performance and extended machine availability, Schneider Electric said.
Two complementary models, the Altivar 320 and Altivar 340 are drives that, according to Schneider Electric, improve machine effectiveness.
This technology means that production changes, maintenance, safety diagnostics, network configuration and system integration can be accomplished very quickly, Schneider Electric said.
Martin Walder, vice president, Industry UK and Ireland at Schneider Electric, said Altivar Machines are proof of the positive impact that the Industrial Internet of Things will have in the industrial world.
“This new concept of drives will provide our customers with all the information they need to operate their systems and processes as efficiently as possible.
“The services-orientated drive is built into customer architecture and is focused on optimising business performance, overall equipment efficiency, and total cost of ownership (TCO),” he said.
The range matches a variety of machine throughput requirements with open-loop and closed-loop motor control, and is designed to provide continuous machine operation in harsh environments with high levels of ambient temperature, dust, electrical interruptions, or mechanical disturbances.
Schneider Electric said the Altivar 320 meets the needs of simple or complex machines from 0.18kW to 15 kW, while the Altivar 340, set for release mid-2016, is a high-performance model compatible with machines up to 75kW.