Variable Frequency Drive offers remote operation.

Press Release Summary:

With Model E700, 200% motor torque is possible at 0.5 Hz, giving open loop speed range of 120:1. Dedicated USB port allows direct set-up and diagnostics via PC, while 100 kA fault-withstand rating facilitates panel construction. Analog and pulse train inputs/outputs provide pinpoint master/slave control. Featuring built-in operating keypad and display, self-contained, RoHS compliant unit still supports standard panel mounting keypads, and can be bookshelf or DIN rail mounted.

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Mitsubishi Electric Automation Introduces Compact VFD

Innovation-packed E700 will replace E500 Variable Frequency Drive

Vernon Hills, Ill. August 21, 2007 - Mitsubishi Electric Automation, a world leader in industrial automation solutions, has introduced its latest compact variable frequency drive, the E700. The new VFD will replace the E500 model that has achieved global popularity during nearly a decade of production.

"While it's a challenge to replace a versatile workhorse like the E500, so much new technology has been developed that we feel obligated to get it into the hands of our customers," said Chris Cusick, product manager at Mitsubishi Electric Automation. "The E700 offers a host of new benefits for the user. Though it's a new VFD from the ground up, it will be simple for an existing E500 customer to move across to it."

Cusick explained that the E500 and E700 have the same 'footprint' and mounting arrangements will be unchanged. All the terminal markings and parameter numbers that the two drives share will have the same numbering systems as before.

"Although E700 has superior dynamic performance to the E500, it can copy the exact same performance characteristics of E500, so machines that have been tuned over the years to work with E500 will not see the difference. The E700 will still be able to operate with any programming originally developed for the E500," said Cusick.

Among the E700's innovations are:
o Improved speed range. 200% motor torque is now possible at 0.5 Hz, giving a smooth open loop speed range of 120:1.
o More interoperability. The E700 shares the full range of communications options with the bigger F700 and A700 drives, as well as Mitsubishi's own RS 485 programming protocol, Modbus RTU (supported as standard).
o Simple interface. A dedicated USB port allows direct set-up and diagnostics via a PC.
o Remote operation. Drive I/O can be remotely operated over any supported network, regardless of what the drive is doing.
o Easy mounting. In smaller panel spaces, the E700 can be "bookshelf' mounted without a gap in between, and DIN Rail mounting is also possible.
o 100kA fault-withstand rating simplifies panel construction.
o Self-contained. The E700 has a built-in operating keypad and display yet still supports standard panel mounting keypads. The successful 'M' Dial has been adopted to ensure this is the easiest drive in its class to set up.
o RoHS compliant. Approved for installation on Europe-bound machines.
o High accuracy. Analog and pulse train inputs/outputs provide pinpoint master/slave control.
o Removable Control Terminals. Makes for faster drive installation or replacement.
o "Maintenance free." Intelligent fan control, fewer moving parts, more robust bus capacitors and custom-made intelligent power modules are all designed to have a 10-year operating life so that users can fit the E700 and forget it.

The E700 is covered throughout North America by Mitsubishi Electric's five-year limited warranty program. For more information about the E700 or any Mitsubishi Electric Automation VFD, contact Chris Cusick at (847) 478-2453.

About Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc.
Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc., in Vernon Hills, IL, offers a comprehensive line of factory automation solutions. Products include automation platforms, programmable logic controllers, human machine interfaces (HMI), CNC PC-based control systems, AC variable frequency drives, servo amplifiers and motors, motion controllers, industrial computers, control software, computerized numerical control systems, robots, and industrial sewing machines. For a broad range of factory automation applications, visit the Mitsubishi Electric Automation web site at

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