TB Woods has released its new X5 UltraFlex AC Drive for ac motor control. The new X5 features overlapping standards from the X4 including option boards and a range in horse power of 5 to 200 hp.
Additional X5 features include a built-in real-time clock for timer settings, a new easy-to-read display and a USB port for additional data connectivity. The USB port is intended for future expansion but is also used for collecting data from the ac drive and for saving and cloning a particular configuration across multiple drives via a memory stick.
Applications are suitable for any sort of heavy duty ac motor, including fans and grinders. Price range varies by horse power, voltage and distributor, but falls between $1,500 and $10,000.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.