High Performance Power Converters - series DCS800

Product Announcement from ABB Drives

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Discovering simplicity – ABB introduces new DC technology via DCS800 drive series

(New converter series DCS800 from ABB with numerous user-friendly innovations, in a 20 – 20,000 Amps DC range, introduced to U.S. market; ideal for retrofit of installed base of DC motors)

ABB has premiered a new, high-performance series of power converters called DCS800, featuring numerous striking innovations. These include operator control of unprecedented simplicity for power converters, uncomplicated scalability, plus IEC 61131 programmability integrated as standard (IEC 61131 PLC).

NEW BERLIN, WI, October 30, 2006. . . The new DCS800 drives family from ABB easily outflanks all its DC predecessors via the unique simplicity of its operator control and commissioning functions: all controllers set themselves automatically; and numerous intuitive assistants mean there's no need to look up every parameter and control setting in the manual.

"The DCS800 features a user-friendly control panel as standard, with a high-resolution display and context-sensitive assignments for individual keys, rather like a mobile phone," said Thomas Junger, product manager for the new series at ABB, Low Voltage Drives. Eight different languages can be set here, including Russian and Chinese.

Three Cables In, Four Out: Installed

Installing the DCS800 is unique in how simple it is, too: thanks to a completely integrated field supply, the entire power connection procedure comprises "three cables in, four cables out," Junger noted. Automatic detection of the phase sequence means the user need not worry about in-phase connection. Thanks to supply voltages of 230 - 1200 VAC, 50/60Hz, plus CE, cULus and C-Tick approvals as standard, the drive can be used all over the world. DCS800 drives range from 20 to 20,000 Amps DC.

The new DCS800 converters score in terms of almost unlimited scalability. Expansion modules for all commonly used field buses, and for additional analog and digital inputs/outputs, can be plugged in quite simply, with no need for tools. Use of the same expansion modules and PC tools as ABB's AC drives ensures harmonized operator control throughout.

Drive-to-Drive Communication via DCS-Link

Thanks to DCS-Link, the fast, high-performance peer-to-peer communication feature, data can be simply exchanged directly from drive to drive. If, at commissioning, modifications unexpectedly do have to be made, the user can perform them at the control panel using adaptive programming, without needing any additional hardware or software.

In addition, the DCS800 features yet another innovation: for each converter, a powerful PLC is available – and this without any additional computer modules. This enables the user to handle local control tasks affordably and efficiently directly in the drive. For programming purposes, the widely disseminated CoDeSys standard tool is used, which supports all IEC-61131 languages. Besides a comprehensive library of standard building blocks, users are provided with convenient drive-specific functions, like PID controllers, winders or tensile-force computations. The source files here can be filed together with the application in the drive on a memory card to keep them safe – with password protection if so desired.

Deep, Full Feature Set All Built In

Built into the new DCS800 converter range is a deep, full set of additional features. These include:

  • 20…20,000 ADC
  • 230…1,200 VAC, 0…1,500 VDC
  • Exceptionally compact
  • Numerous assistants for commissioning and trouble-shooting
  • Automatic self-adjustment for all controllers
  • Intuitive menu prompting thanks to context-sensitive control unit in eight languages, supplied as standard
  • Plug-on modules ensure scalability for virtually every application
  • Integrated EC-61131 PLC with a standard CoDeSys programming tool
  • Numerous high-performance solutions, such as 12-pulse, serial, sequential and parallel
  • DCS-Link: direct communication from drive to drive (peer-to-peer)
  • Ethernet module for remote maintenance and diagnostics over the internet
  • Communication modules for all commonly used field bus systems
  • Powerful PC tools for dimensioning, commissioning and diagnostics
  • CE, cULus, and c-Tick approvals, plus 50/60-Hz supply as standard, which means the converter can be used all over the world
  • Integrated field supply up to 25 ADC
  • External field supply up to 520 ADC
  • Noise-immune optical PC link
  • The same expansion modules and PC tools as AC drives from ABB

ABB, Automation Products, Low Voltage Drives, is the world's largest manufacturer of electric motors and drives. In the USA, an integrated channel of sales representatives, distributors, and system integrators allow ABB, New Berlin, Wisconsin, to supply a complete line of energy-efficient electric drives, motors and engineered drive systems to a wide range of industrial and commercial customers. Products manufactured include AC and DC variable speed drives for electric motors from 1/8th through 135,000 HP, and application-specific drive system solutions to meet diverse customer needs (ABB Drives website).

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 107,000 people.

New Berlin, WI. . . New DCS800 Drive Family from ABB -- Thanks to supply voltages of 230 - 1200 VAC, 50/60Hz, plus CE, cULus and C-Tick approvals as standard, the drive can be used all over the world. DCS800 drives range from 20 to 20,000 Amps DC.