Drive controllers for every application
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Posted to News on 29th Feb 2024, 13:00

Drive controllers for every application

The COMBIVERT F6 and S6 drive controllers from KEB are often mentioned in the same breath, as they are both modern frequency inverters, drive a wide range of motor technologies and have safety features directly in the drive. So what separates and unites the two drive controllers?

Drive controllers for every application

If plant and machine builders are looking for frequency inverters that not only cover a wide power range, but also reliably drive synchronous, asynchronous, PM or IPM motors from KEB and third-party suppliers, the COMBIVERT F6 and S6 drive controllers are often a first choice.

The F6 combines the advantages of a frequency inverter and a servo drive in just one device, controlling motors with or without an encoder, just as the system or machine requires. This is also possible with the S6 drive controller, which was specially developed for servo applications.

Both drive controllers have scalable safety functions directly in the drive. Flexible utilisation of the safety functions and limit values via digital I/Os and/or the Safety over EtherCAT (FSoE) or PROFIsafe safety profile is possible as required. The COMPACT version comes with STO as standard, while the APPLICATION and PRO versions feature STO, SBC and optional encoder-based speed/position-dependent safety functions. Precision and maximum repeat accuracy, as well as functional consistency across the entire power range, are further aspects in which the F6 and S6 are equal.

However, in addition to their many similarities, the F6 and S6 drive controllers differ in some aspects:

Product range: The COMBIVERT F6 covers a range from 2.2 kW to 450 kW and is designed for a rated current of 9.5 A to 800 A. The COMBIVERT S6, on the other hand, is designed for a rated current of 2.6 A to 16.5 A, and with a power range of 0.75 to 7.5 kW is designed for applications that require comparatively lower power. With a high overload capacity, the S6 ensures optimum dynamics.

Housing sizes: The S6 servo controller is available in two housing sizes. There is more choice with the F6: users can choose between seven housing sizes for the inverter.

Dimensions: The difference in size between the two devices is recognisable at first glance. This is because the S6 servo drives are only available in a compact book format, creating the ideal conditions for space-saving control cabinet installation. Due to their modular design, however, the F6 drive controllers are also ideal for efficient installation.

Sub-mounted braking resistor: Starting with frame size 4 of the F6, sub-mounted braking resistors are available that are mounted on the rear of the inverter heat sink. This saves space in the control cabinet and eliminates the wiring work that would otherwise be required by the user. The F6 also has an integrated temperature model that protects the braking resistors from overheating.

Different cooling concepts: These ensure that the KEB drive controllers are highly scalable. The F6 is available as an air-cooled or liquid-cooled built-in or push-through variant. The S6 is available to system and machine builders as an air-cooled built-in version. One of the advantages of liquid cooling is the particularly high efficiency and increased service life of the inverter, as it can be operated cooler and more evenly. The advantage of air cooling, on the other hand, is that the user can change the fans as required.

All in all, the F6 and S6 are two powerful and flexible drive controllers that ensure highly efficient drives in numerous application areas. Due to the different power ranges and the variance in device sizes, users will always find the ideal drive solution in the KEB portfolio.

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