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Modular conveyors get moving with Optidrive

10 May 2022

WHEN US-BASED conveyor specialist, InterQuip, needed a VFD capable of withstanding tough operating environments while ensuring operators could easily control equipment motion, it found a solution in the form of Invertek Drives' Optidrive E3.

InterQuip’s EASIKIT modular conveyors are used in confined spaces or areas where access is restricted, such as basements, sewage treatment plants, and other applications. Units are built-to-suit and range in length between 7ft to 85ft long and from 1m to 2.4m wide; and require speed control in moving dirt, aggregate, and more.

The company identified Invertek Drives Optidrive E3 with NEMA 4X / IP66 enclosures as a match for what they needed. The E3 is a compact, robust, and reliable drive that is easy to set up, commission, and use.

“A previous supplier recommended the product and straight away we appreciated the quality and customer service,” says Karl Davies, managing director of InterQuip. “The inverter also allows our customers to have the high three-phase output power and torque without special power requirements.

The NEMA 4X / IP66 outdoor rated enclosure means can be directly mounted on the conveyors, remaining dust and watertight. The company use frame sizes 1, 2, and 3 depending on the type of conveyor.

Pete Roberts, national sales manager at Invertek Drives USA says the E3 was a perfect choice for the conveyor application. “The E3 has an excellent track record for accurate motor control on conveyors used in everything from manufacturing and construction, mining and quarrying, to food and pharmaceutical industries.

“Its range of frame sizes, power ratings and the option of IP20 and NEMA 4X / IP66 enclosures ensure it is suitable for a wide range of industries and applications.

“This made it the obvious choice for InterQuip in terms of the power ratings required and durability. It also ensures their customers can rely on accurate and reliable motion control.”

The Optidrive E3 is part of Invertek Drives range of easy to use and set-up VFDs. The E3 includes simple commissioning, with 14 parameter basic set-up, default settings, and up to 50 parameters available for flexible use. It comes with an intuitive keypad and application macros for switching between industrial, pump, and fan modes, depending on the application being controlled.