Ethernet-based smart automation for drivesand systems
Sprint Electric in cooperation with their US partner Bardac introduce anentirely new concept in control for drives and systems called drive.web.Drive.web is a smart, web-based, truly distributed control technology optimizedfor high performance direct current and alternating current drive systems. Itadditionally allows integration of human machine interfaces, controllers andinput/output in systems of any size and complexity.
ThisEthernet based distributed control technology allows easy access from anywherein the world via the Internet. Two of its functional attributes include aprocess controller called Smarty and a drive interface controller called Speedywhich fits into the drive itself, giving it Ethernet capability. Both theseunits are configured and integrated into systems using an intuitive system designtool called Savvy. Savvy is platform independent and can be used on Windows,MacOSX, Linux, Solaris etc. by downloading the appropriate compatible versions.The whole system is very simple in terms of connectivity and has good industryawareness in terms of being very user-friendly, particularly for beginners toget started right away. The distributed nature of the control system gives highperformance, eliminating the need for a PLC or supervisory computer. Thedrive.web protocol is a truly deterministic system and has the fundamentalability to control all of the components in the network such as the drive,temperature controller, logic controller, process controller etc. Infinitenumber of nodes such as drives and operator stations can be added to thenetwork without losing the bandwidth of the total system.
SprintElectric offers a wide range of DC motor control, with over 150 models coveringboth 1 phase and 3 phase, regenerative and non-regenerative DC motorapplications, together with field controllers and digital slip ring motorcontrollers. Sprint Electric’s full range of products include analogueand digital DC drives from 12 up to 2250 Amps. Whether in retrofits or originalequipment, DC drives from Sprint Electric are being used in many different applicationsincluding metal processing, the pulp and paper industry, rubber and plasticprocessing, lifting equipment, food processing, leisure industries and manymore. In the USA, SprintElectric products are available through Bardac.