Danfoss VLT Drives(www.danfossdrives.com) introduces the VLT® FlexConcept. The VLT FlexConcept is a unified and optimized drive solution specifically engineered to satisfy the efficiency, flexibility and reliability demands of the food and beverage, and packaging industries. The system consists of a highly efficient helical bevel gear driven by a compact permanent magnet motor, and combined with the most efficient inverter drives available today. The VLT FlexConcept is available for centralized or decentralized application in dry, wet and/or aseptic -critical areas. It can significantly lower the costs of ownership by reducing the cost associated with stocking, storing and maintaining spare parts and by reducing the overall number of variants in the plant by up to 70%.

“Modern high volume manufacturing processes demand maximum efficiency, flexibility and reliability from their drive systems, to minimize downtime and manufacturing costs,” says Tom Momberger, product manager, Danfoss VLT Drives. “The VLT FlexConcept utilizes a one motor, one enclosure size concept that limits the number of variants required. With fewer variants, the VLT FlexConcept simplifies project planning, installation, commissioning and maintenance, particularly in conveyor applications. In short, it is an optimized solution resulting in a lower cost of ownership.”

The VLT FlexConcept consists of the VLT OneGearDrive, the VLT Decentral Drive FCD 302 and/or the VLT AutomationDrive FC 302. The OneGearDrive feature a smooth, crevice-free design with no place for food contamination to hide. Additionally, each component features a durable coating that withstands even the harshest cleaning chemicals and washdown processes. All enclosures are designed to IP66/67 and IP69K, and satisfy DIN 1672-2 Hygienic Design standards.

The VLT FlexConcept supports AC or PM motors for simple or dynamic applications, and can operate open- or closed loop. The system’s consistent parameter structure and operation reduces training needs and simplifies set-up and operation across applications. The system provides up to 90% energy efficient operation, reducing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by up to 25% when compared with conventional systems.

The system architecture of the VLT FlexConcept allows users to meet the demands of system development for new applications, or as the basis for a retrofit solution. This flexibility eliminates dependence on multiple suppliers, while maximizing system efficiency and control flexibility.