Motors & Motion
Schneider Altivar 312 variable-speed AC drive
By Anthony Capkun
Schneider Electric says its Altivar 312 variable-speed AC drive is designed to make industrial and commercial machines more energy efficient while simplifying its integration into a single control system architecture. Available in 1-20 hp and up to 600V, the Altivar 312 features high overtorque and the only drive in its class, says the company, with a remote graphic keypad. The 312 comes standard with integrated communication ports for Modbus and CANopen networks, and optional cards for CANopen Daisy Chain, DeviceNet, Profibus DP. Autotuning, multi-loaders and 50 pre-loaded application functions to manage common facility processes simplify setup and installation. The drive is also fitted with coated cards (IEC 60721-3-3 Classes 3C2 and 3S2) and can withstand temperatures ranging from -10°C to 50°C without derating (even when installed side-by-side). Its integrated EMC (electro-magnetic compatibility) also minimizes power disturbances and electrical interference.