Motion Control & Drives

Eaton’s New PowerXL DG1 variable frequency drive

January 2015 Motion Control & Drives

Eaton has introduced its new PowerXL DG1 variable frequency drive series as a solution for demanding industrial and building automation applications for ratings from 0,55 to 160 kW. With features such as an optimised energy algorithm, robust design, extreme short-circuit current capability and extensive integrated functionality, these devices enable users to implement electrical equipment, systems and machinery with greater efficiency, safety and reliability.

The DG1 variable frequency drives stand out on account of the versatile communication capability. All models are fitted with standard interfaces for Ethernet IP, Modbus TCP, Modbus RTU as well as BACnet MS/TP. Plug-in cards can also be used for connecting to Profibus DP, CANopen, DeviceNet, ProfiNet and LonWorks as well as Eaton’s innovative SmartWire-DT lean panel wiring and communication system. Additionally, the devices provide several digital and analogue inputs and outputs as well as three relays, thus offering more connection options than many other devices of this class on the market today. Furthermore, a variety of add-on cards make it possible to expand the DG1 functionality quickly and easily.

The drive software installed on all DG1 variable speed drives offers features such as active power consumption optimisation, dynamic power management in the event of feedback, a quickstart wizard, different standard application function blocks (multi-pump system, fan control, multi-PID, multi-purpose use), safety functions, as well as safe torque off (STO) and real-time clock. In terms of energy consumption, Eaton has succeeded in reducing the power required for driving electric motors by 2 to 10% without the need for any additional optimisation.

For more information contact Kyle Danielson, Eaton Electric South Africa, +27 (0)11 824 7400,,

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