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New dimension in smart motor control

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ROCKWELL Automation has unveiled the newest member of its 'smart motor controller' (SMC) family -- the SMC-Flex softstarter.

Providing integrated features and technology previously unavailable in a softstarter, the SMC-Flex offers a variety of motor starting and stopping methods for a wide range of applications.

Significantly, the SMC-Flex takes softstarting to a new dimension by reducing the product size and the total cost to customers.

The space-saving footprint of the SMC-Flex has a 50 per cent size reduction over the traditional design. This more efficient, modular design reduces heat losses by 80 per cent.

The bypass automatically closes when the motor reaches its nominal speed, resulting in a cooler-running component and reduction in enclosure size.

The SMC-Flex is suited to applications where motor starting torque needs to be controlled (reduced) to prevent equipment damage and costly downtime.

Additionally, the SMC-Flex reduces motor starting currents and voltages to prevent power system disturbances associated with full voltage starting methods.

The softstarter is available in current ranges from 108 to 480A, and voltage ranges from 200 to 600V ac. The built-in motor protection has multiple overload classes as standard to reduce the number of devices required to meet demanding application requirements.

Built-in line monitoring capabilities allow for monitoring of three-phase voltage, current, power and system power factor--taking the mystery out of the motor's operation.

The advanced motor and controller diagnostics increase system performance and minimise downtime.

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