Serial Interface Module enables drive feedback.

Press Release Summary:

Designed for Flex M receiver, Radio Drive Serial Interface Module allows users to communicate with IMPULSE drives though serial interface. Communication to any number of drives is achieved with 3 wires. When combined with Magnetek XLTX or MLTX2 transmitter, operators interfacing with Flex M receiver with RDSI module can monitor performance parameters such as drive status, torque reference, output frequency, voltage, current, and power, directly on transmitter's display unit.

Original Press Release:

Magnetek's Flex M Receiver Now Communicates with IMPULSE Drives Allowing Drive Feedback and Reduced Systems Cost

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. - Magnetek, Inc., today announced the availability of its new Radio Drive Serial Interface (RDSI) module for its Flex M receiver. The new RDSI module was designed to allow users to communicate with the Company's IMPULSE drives through a serial interface, reducing system cost by eliminating relay cards, wiring and labor. Communication to any number of drives is achieved with only three wires.

When combined with Magnetek transmitters such as the XLTX and the soon to be released MLTX2, operators interfacing with a Flex M with RDSI module can now monitor performance parameters such as drive status, torque reference, and output frequency, voltage, current, and power, right on their transmitter's display unit. No need to get up on the crane to obtain diagnostic information.

The compact Flex M wireless receiver, compatible with most Magnetek transmitters, features a modular, plug-and-play design which allows one plant to use the same type of receiver component for any size application. Mountable modules are combined to create a flexible, expandable radio receiver system that meets the requirements of a variety of applications, from simple relay outputs to complex I/O and communication networks.

"We are very excited to add the RDSI module as an option for our Flex M receivers," said Ben Stoller, radio controls director for Magnetek. "Not only does the ability to communicate serially with our IMPULSE drives reduce total system cost but it provides our customers with diagnostic and troubleshooting information on the ground when paired with one of our transmitters with LCD graphic display."

For more information about the Flex M receiver and the new Radio Drive Serial Interface, visit the Company's website at

About Magnetek

Magnetek, Inc. is a leading provider of digital power and motion control systems used in overhead material handling, elevator, and energy delivery applications. The Company is North America's largest supplier of digital drive systems for industrial cranes, hoists and monorails. Magnetek provides Energy Engineered® drives, radio remote controls, motors, and braking and collision avoidance subsystems to North America's foremost overhead material handling crane builders. Magnetek is also the world's largest independent builder of highly integrated digital motion control systems for high-rise, high-speed elevators. In energy delivery, the Company develops and markets digital power inverters that connect renewable energy sources to the utility grid, and is a leading independent supplier of digital motion control systems for underground coal mining applications. Magnetek is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wis. in the greater Milwaukee area and operates manufacturing facilities in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Canonsburg, Pa., as well as Menomonee Falls.


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