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ABB Drives are the core industrial devices of automatic networks and are used in across a wide range of industries to improve energy efficiency. ABB is the largest supplier of industrial drives and motors.

Control Concepts has years of experience working with ABB products. We offer factory-authorized service for ABB branded equipment. 

About the ABB Brand

ABB is a world leader and global supplier of industrial motors and drives. The company offers AC and DC low-voltage, medium-voltage, and high-voltage drives that improve energy efficiency in most applications. 

ABB pioneered the world's first electrically powered industrial robot. Along with that accomplishment, ABB makes their drives with efficiency and performance in mind. ABB drives provide flexibility and control, plus reliability to reduce downtime. 

What Are ABB Variable Speed Drives?

ABB drives are used across a wide range of industries to improve energy efficiency. Control Concepts services all of them!

  • AC & DC drives
  • Variable frequency drives (VFDs)
  • General purpose drives and machinery drives
  • Industry specific drives

ABB AC variable frequency drives, both low and medium voltage, are used in industrial manufacturing. They offer specific functionality in all applications and are designed to control different types of motors.

ABB VFDs have the flexibility to connect to automatic networks and provide adjustable motor control from basic applications such as pump and fan operations to complex applications for a broad range of industries, especially process industries.

General Purpose Drives

A General Purpose Drive is used in pumps, fans, and conveyors. It is recommended for its simple installation and programming and for situations that do not require custom engineering. General purpose drives are easy to set up and operate, providing several built-in features.

Industry Specific Drives

ABB produces drives for specific industries:

  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Water pumping
  • Wastewater management
  • And more

ABB drives are designed for optimal operational performance and energy reduction.

Machinery Drives

ABB drives are used as component drives and high-performance machinery drives. They provide precise speed control in a diverse set of applications; they are found in spa bath motors and treadmill motors as well as in high precision applications in positioning systems and synchronization systems.

Industries Using ABB Drives

You can find ABB drives in everything from water utilities to data centers, including the following industries:

  • Off-shore wind farms
  • Pulp and paper plants
  • Metals and mining
  • Cement and concrete
  • Chemical, oil, and gas
  • Power plants
  • HVAC and water supply systems
  • Emission-free railway maintenance vehicles
  • Desalination plants

You can find VFDs in ultra-low harmonic and regenerative drives for increased efficiency and reliability of processes and systems. The drives are found in power converters and can be controlled via mobile connectivity through ABB Ability.

ABB Products

  • ACH550 HVAC drives - from 0.75 to 355kW (1 to 550 HP)
  • ACH580 HVAC drives - from 1 to 350 HP
  • ACS150 drives - microdrives for machine building from 0.37 to 4 kW (0.5 to 5 HP)
  • ACS255 drives - microdrives from 0.37 to 15kW (0.5 to 20HP)
  • ACS310 drives - pump and fan optimized to drive from 0.37 to 22kW (0.5 to 30 HP)
  • ACS355 drives - machinery drives from 0.37 to 22kW (0.5 to 30 HP)
  • ACS380 drives - from 0.25 to 22kW, 200 to 480 V
  • ACS550 series AC drives - for variable and constant torque applications, 0.75 to 335kW (1 to 500 HP)
  • ACS580 AC drives -  wall-mounted drives from 0.75 to 250kW
  • ACS600 series AC drives - from 3 to 4,000 HP
  • ACS800 series AC drives - from 5.5 to 56,00kW
  • ACS880 series AC drives - provides precision control for a range of applications
  • ACQ810 drives: for water and wastewater applications, from 0.37 to 500kW
  • Motiflex e180 servo drive - three-phase operation voltage from 200 to 480V AC
  • Microflex e190 servo drive - single/three phase operation voltage from 200 to 240 V AC
  • Softstarters - cover any motor application from 3 A to 2160 A
  • PLC automation

Don't see your product line listed here? Contact us and ask about our drive service and support.

Common Drive Failures

  • Drive doesn't run the motor
  • Drive keeps blowing fuses or tripping breakers
  • Loose connections
  • Non-functional cooling fans
  • Software or programming problems
  • Circuit board failure

The Repair Process

We check the motor drive and terminals for substandard connections, which can be caused by anything from heat cycles and mechanical vibration to reusing or over-tightening torque screws.

We conduct diode and IGBT tests on the input/output power sections before applying power to the drive unit. This is to protect against further damage from a short.

We power up the unit and perform amp readings and output frequency tests, slowly increasing the voltage until the rated input voltage of the drive is reached.

If everything functions correctly, we use the drive to run a motor through basic jog functions after backing up existing programs. If the motor does not run, we check the output voltages and current ratings going to the motor to check the drive function for motor rotation.

Most drive failures can be avoided through preventative maintenance.

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