Minneapolis, MN – Control Techniques™, an Emerson® Industrial Automation company, announces the release of its Mentor MP variable speed digital DC motor drive designed for energy efficient operation, optimal motor performance and enhanced versatility in its system interfacing capabilities and onboard processing power.
Designed for use in a wide range of industries and applications, the Mentor MP accommodates an output current range of 25 to 1,850A with a single module approach. Drives to 210A are available now in 12 and 24-pulse configurations for low harmonics. Mentor MP is the first DC drive to use patent-pending galvanic isolation to provide electrical separation between the power and control circuits in the event of a power-side failure.
Standard features include an external field controller for larger DC motors where the field current can be greater than the controller’s capacity. The controller provides field forcing for high dynamic applications such as very fast reversing (e.g. typical machine tool spindle applications.) Another feature allows reverse jogging control with two-quadrant drives for lower-cost systems that do not require fast reversal. Also standard is a free SmartCard used to simplify drive maintenance and troubleshooting by storing parameters, PLC and motion programs and copying parameters from one drive to another without the need for a stand-alone PC.
Network connectivity includes Modbus RTU, Profibus-DP, DeviceNet, CANopen, Interbus-S, as well as support for the Ethernet protocols: Modbus TCP/IP, Ethernet/IP and EtherCAT. The Mentor MP’s three universal option module slots provide programming flexibility using any combination of 18 option modules available today. These option modules are common across Control Techniques’ AC, DC and Servo drive ranges and include extensions such as additional feedback options, expanded I/O and powerful onboard programmable control.
Communications gateway solutions can also be implemented easily and economically within the drive by installing two or three networking option modules.
SyPTPro-programmable option modules, called SM Applications, can be loaded with application-specific software such as crane control, winder/rewinder, flying shear and other commonly used automation functions. For less demanding applications, SyPTLite software can be used alone for simple PLC ladder programming onboard the drive. This capacity for on-board configuration can often eliminate a stand-alone controller and so reduce system cost. Further option modules can be used to connect with I/O, networking or Ethernet protocols for control and monitoring.
The eco-friendly Mentor MP is currently the only DC systems drive on the market that is RoHS compliant, helping protect the environment at the end of the product lifecycle.
For more information contact Control Techniques at 1-800-893-2321.