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Enable predictive and condition-based maintenance with intelligent drives

Enable predictive and condition-based maintenance with intelligent drives

See how you can turn the frequency drive you already have into the smartest sensor in your system. A sensor that enables predictive and condition-based maintenance capabilities, processes data on the edge, and sends data wherever it’s needed. Explore how intelligent drives solve potentially critical problems in three different applications.

Enable predictive and condition-based maintenance with intelligent drives

Intelligent drives in your application

Maximize performance and minimize adverse application events with intelligent drives. For most applications, no extra instrumentation is required. By only distributing relevant data, the total cost of the IoT solution is significantly lowered. Intelligent drives connect with multiple input sources, such as the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), on-premise systems, or the cloud, allowing a VFD to accurately control speed. The drive monitors, analyzes and interprets data gathered from internal and external sensors to optimize performance and predict maintenance needs. Key insights are sent to the right destinations specified by the operator.

Benefits

Cloud and advanced analytics
To meet ever-changing customer and application specific needs, Danfoss intelligent drives connect with any cloud or analytics platform to bring intelligence, as well as condition-based and predictive maintenance, to the entire system. Want to hear more?

Improved data security
By applying intelligence close to the data source and processing data on the edge, intelligent drives increase data protection. They avoid the transmission of raw data to the cloud, on-premises data-storage or automation system, which reduces the amount of data at risk of interception or compromise.

Reduced investment
You can use the drive as a smart hub for external sensors, such as vibration sensors and pressure sensors, to enable condition-based monitoring and process control. As you only need one drive to create a hub, you can avoid spending on additional sensors and gateways.

Lower data cost
Streaming and processing raw data in the cloud can be costly. Distributing intelligence and processing data on the edge means you can send pre-processed data, which reduces bandwidth and simplifies data analysis in the cloud.

Open and independent
Our drives work with any kind of motor technology, no matter whether it’s an induction, permanent magnet, or reluctance motor. You have the freedom to choose the best motor technology for your application. And you’ll be able to run the motor at maximum efficiency and performance.

Explore how intelligent drives improve system performance

HVAC

Increase uptime and lifespan with early detection

Increase uptime and lifespan with early detection

Intelligent drives sense activity beyond the drive using internal measurements. They can perform air filter monitoring without sensors, by accurately estimating the load of the fan, or by using a drive-attached pressure transmitter. Intelligent drives have a pressure-to-flow conversion feature that limits the need for external sensors. All data can be shared with operators and any cloud or building management system for optimal performance.

Proven leader in HVAC

Proven leader in HVAC

The daily load variation in HVAC facilities is considerable. Variable speed control of electrical motors has proved to be one of the most effective cost-reducing measures available.

Water

Maximize pump uptime with intelligent drives

Maximize pump uptime with intelligent drives

Intelligent drives have built-in smart logic control, which reduces the need for PLC capacity. The drives limit the need for extra sensors with intelligent troubleshooting that makes it easy to find and resolve faults. The Cascade Controller can skip faulty pumps in its staging sequences, and insights may be shared through the cloud or on-premises system, depending on the configuration.

Danfoss VFD in the water industry

Danfoss VFD in the water industry

The VLT® AQUA Drive, with its broad power range, and built-in intelligence to handle water, wastewater, and irrigation applications, provides you with the most flexible and yet dedicated energy optimization available.

Production lines

Trigger preventive maintenance to avoid downtime

Trigger preventive maintenance to avoid downtime

Intelligent drives can use inputs from external sensors, such as vibration sensors. This data is correlated with internal variables, including operating speed or load. The drive performs condition monitoring of equipment in service and provides early warnings in case a degradation of performance is detected. Notification can be provided through the on-premises control system or a cloud solution.

Bottling is more competitive when it’s sensorless

Bottling is more competitive when it’s sensorless

See how intelligent drives are used at the Tavina bottling plant in Italy. Find out how they increased productivity and energy efficiency on the plant’s two new bottling lines without adding extra sensors.

  • Drives for conveyors in mining
    Drives for conveyors in mining

    Flexibility to control the speed of long conveyors can help optimize the complete system, reduce bottlenecks and extend motor lifetime.

  • Drives for conveyors in food and beverage applications

    Ensure maximum uptime and lowest possible cost of ownership with hygienic, variable-speed conveyor control. EHEDG- and IPA-certified.

  • Drives for positioning & synchronization in food & beverage

    Reduce cost, complexity, and programming time in servo applications by using an AC drive for high-precision positioning and synchronization.

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