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Simple, Compact, Competitively Priced Motor Drives Extend Industrial Automation Portfolio at RS Components

Eaton PowerXL DE1 series delivers energy-efficient variable-speed control with contactor-like affordability and ease of use

Taipei, Taiwan, 12 January 2015:

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, is now stocking the Eaton PowerXL™ DE1 series of variable-speed motor starter/controllers. These compact drives offer easy menu-free setup for electricians with no previous automation experience, and are available at prices that compete strongly with basic motor starters from other suppliers.

PowerXL DE1 controllers combine the economy and simplicity of a starter or contactor with the features of a variable-speed drive to help save energy and meet increasingly strict regulations governing motor efficiency. Motor speed, acceleration and deceleration are set by adjusting switch positions on the small plug-in parameter loader, DXE-EXT-SET, using a screwdriver. No specialist knowledge is needed. This unit also provides a status LED and a 50Hz/60Hz selector switch to optimise the drive for use in territories worldwide.

At just 231mm high, and 45mm or 90mm wide depending on power rating, the module dimensions are consistent with Eaton PKZM motor-protection modules and DILM wiring modules. This enables equipment designers to achieve a neat and attractive front-panel layout. The enclosures are IP20 rated.

All PowerXL DE1 drives support OP-Bus (RS-485) and Modbus communication, and also provide a PC connection. The series comprises 0.25kW, 0.55kW and 0.75kW single-phase units and 11 three-phase options from 0.37kW to 7.5kW, and can be used in a wide variety of pumps, fans, conveyors, and simple machines for applications such as handling, packaging and process control.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014 had revenues of £1.27bn.

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