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New inverter kit from Mitsubishi Electric speeds up setup and simplifies maintenance

15th March 2023
Mitsubishi Electric has released an innovative 24VDC digital input plug-in module for its FR-E800 range of variable speed drives (VSDs). Developed to support setup and maintenance activities, the FR-E8DS keeps the node active when the main power source is turned off. This improves flexibility and reduces energy requirements whilst enabling users to interact with the control section without the need for an industrial power supply.

Wayne Turtill, Product Manager Drives & LVS at Mitsubishi Electric

Easy to add to FR-E800 drives, the FR-E8DS module offers a tool to leverage a low voltage supply in order keep core functions available when power from the mains is removed from the VSD. More precisely, the operation panel remains active, as do Ethernet and RS-485 communications between the VSD and other devices. Also, the unit can turn on and off any I/O terminals linked to the drive.

Maintenance can therefore be performed effectively and without the need for more demanding 200V or 400V energy sources, which are typically used to power VSDs. By leveraging this kit, drive availability is optimised, as parameter setting and communication operations can be quickly carried out, even when the device is removed from its application. Operators can also interrogate the inverter from the PLC and parameterise it.

Wayne Turtill, Product Manager Drives & LVS at Mitsubishi Electric, explains: “You generally need 200V or 400V to power a drive, even in standby mode. The new solution allows you to plug a 24V power supply into the drive and turn off the mains connection. The supply keeps the control electronics and networks alive inside the drive. When inspecting an inverter, it means that you can set this drive up on your desk without requiring a 400 V or 200 V power supply that may not be accessible.”

Even more, the FR-E8DS kit also facilitates troubleshooting. Once connected, if a fault occurs, its indication remains active even when the drive is removed from the main power supply. Once diagnostics and maintenance activities have been completed, reconnecting FR-E800 units is straightforward, as turning on the main circuit power whilst the 24V external power supply is active switches the operation to ‘normal’ mode.

The FR-E8DS module comes with two front cover options for installation within the FR-E800 unit. More precisely, in place of the standard plug-in option, users can use a smaller alternative if there is limited room available. Connectors, spacers and screws are also included in the kit to provide a complete solution.

Wayne Turtill concludes: “Offering value-adding solutions to our customers is our top priority. This is why we continue to invest in the development of new technologies that can improve maintenance, reliability and energy efficiency. Our latest FR-E8DS E-kit addresses these goals, greatly benefitting FR-E800 users. By leveraging it, customers can maximise the effectiveness of their drives and the processes they support, as well as any activity to improve overall operational performance.”


Image 1: The FR-E8DS has been developed to support setup and maintenance activities, keeping the node active when the main power source is turned off – improving flexibility and reducing energy requirements [Source: Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V.]

Image 2: Wayne Turtill, Product Manager Drives & LVS at Mitsubishi Electric [Source: Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V.]

About Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation is a recognized world leader in the manufacture, marketing and sale of electrical and electronic equipment used in industries such as information processing through satellite communications up to industrial technology, energy and mobility.

The company recorded consolidated group sales of 36.7 billion US Dollars* in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022.

Our sales offices, research & development centres and manufacturing plants are in over 30 countries.

The Factory Automation Business Unit EMEA is a part of Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., which has been represented in Germany since 1978 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan.

*U.S. dollar amounts are translated from yen at the rate of ¥221=U.S.$1, the approximate rate on the Tokyo Foreign Exchange Market on March 31, 2022. 

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