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Siemens extends drive system functionality

May 2019 Motion Control & Drives

Siemens now offers new features in the firmware and hardware for the Sinamics S120 drive system. Operation is made easier in firmware V5.2 through the integration of the web server, which has a new, responsive design that reacts via standard web browsers regardless of the end device used (notebook, PC, tablet or smartphone).

For commissioning typical diagnostics and maintenance functions or servicing, no special tools are required. The web pages are available in six standard languages and feature error indicators and warning messages including meaningful help texts and suggestions for possible solutions. Users can intuitively create, manage and delete parameter lists – even across axes – and can perform firmware updates and system restores with the old firmware version. Backups of parameter settings can be stored on the web server and browser, and reloaded to the Sinamics converter using the Restore function. In order to test functions that are subject to license, it is possible to activate a temporary trial mode. In addition, a complete overview of all functions that are subject to license is clearly displayed in the web server.

In terms of hardware, active line modules (ALM) can now be connected in parallel for the Sinamics S120. The new firmware V5.2 provides the user with an extended performance range for book-size versions. The parallel connection also results in increased rated power without an additional chassis unit or an external power connection. The power can therefore be increased and voltage peaks are overcome. In addition, energy exchange is possible in the DC link. The new features are available for 55, 80 and 120 kW ALMs and can also be used in external smart mode.

For more information contact Jennifer Naidoo, Siemens Digital Industries, +27 11 652 2795, jennifer.naidoo@siemens.com, www.siemens.co.za



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