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Smart motor control centre helps users to raise productivity

30 April, 2024

At the recent Hannover Messe, Rockwell Automation launched a low-voltage motor control centre (MCC) for IEC markets which integrates smart motor control devices to deliver real-time operational and diagnostic data. Rockwell says that the Flexline 3500 MCC will help users to unlock production data and increase uptime and productivity.

The modular MCC can be customised to suit a variety of LV motor control applications in a broad range of industries. When combined with smart VSDs (variable-speed drives), they can help users to cut power consumption.

The MCCs integrate motor control and power distribution in a centralised package that complies with IEC 61439-1 and -2. Claimed benefits include:
• reduced downtime because of built-in alarms and diagnostic capabilities;
• low maintenance costs;
• higher production throughputs;
• improved plant and personnel safety;
• lower engineering and commissioning costs; and
• a smaller environmental footprint because fewer cables are needed.

“Our connected technology delivers real-time operation data, letting manufacturers see and solve downtime problems before they occur, as well as increasing motor control energy efficiency and reducing power consumption across operations,” says Rockwell Automation product manager, Diego Wilches.

Rockwell says its new motor control centre will help users to unlock production data and increase uptime and productivity.

“Incorporating intelligence into manufacturing is a major shift we are seeing manufacturers deploy strategically,” comments Craig Resnick, vice-president of consulting at ARC Advisory Group. “With the introduction of the Flexline 3500 MCC, Rockwell Automation brings greater insights to plant operators. By enabling more data-driven decision-making through smart motor control technology, manufacturers can improve profitability, productivity and operational efficiency.”

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