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“Implementing drive solutions in no time”

With the new ECI-42 modular system, users can put together a customized drive solution by combining separate modules. Johannes Moosmann, Director of the Industrial Drive Engineering business unit at ebm-papst in St. Georgen, explains what is new and what the benefits are.

Mr. Moosmann, what’s new in the ECI-42 modular system?

We’ve completely redesigned the system and added lots of details and features. For example, we now offer magnetic incremental encoders and industrial grade plugs for easy electrical hookup for the configurable drives with 42 millimeter diameter and IP54 degree of protection. We’ve designed the radial angled plug with bayonet connector so it can be rotated and snaps into place automatically. An axial plug module is also available for applications where space is at a premium. Even a preassembled cable connection is possible.

And the drive itself?

Johannes Moosmann, Director of the Industrial Drive Engineering business unit at ebm-papst in St. Georgen.

The extremely compact, electronically commutated internal rotor motor with 42 millimeter diameter and efficiency of up to 80 percent is still at the heart of all configurations. It’s available in different power outputs, transmission designs and reduction ratios, with or without encoders or brakes. What all of the drives have in common is high power density and long service life.

Which users should find the system particularly interesting?

Lots of them, because these industrial-grade drives are ideal for practically all applications that require energy-efficient small drives, for example industrial automation and packaging systems, but also for lab and medical equipment. Integrating the encoder, brake and transmission for automated access control — intralogistics applications — enables very precise positioning of the drives for things like precision lifting applications.

What makes the system so remarkable?

It’s an answer to customer requests for compact, smart drives for a wide range of purposes. And it provides customers with a number of advantages: faster volume deliveries, more cost-efficient solutions, a high level of quality, and a customized solution. Using the modular system, customers can assemble a drive solution that best suits their needs. This enables us to circumvent the otherwise lengthy development phase typical of a specific product. Selected drive configurations, which we call preferred types, are ready for shipment within 48 hours, which means that sampling, for example, can be done very quickly.

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Brushless internal rotor motors