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ABB micro drives explained

ABB micro drives make up part of Gibbons’ comprehensive range of variable-speed drives. Here we explain a bit more about these clever devices.

What is an ABB micro drive?

An ABB micro drive offers the power and performance of a variable-speed drive but in a compact size, ideal for awkward installations.

Where can ABB micro drives be used?

Micro drives are suitable for a range of applications, including:

  • Sliding doors
  • Electric gates
  • Rotating billboards
  • Automatic car washes
  • Treadmills
  • Boring machines
  • Pizza ovens
  • Mixers

What are the benefits of ABB micro drives?


ABB ACS55 micro drives are perfect for users new to variable-speed drive control. Not only are they a handy size for installing, they’re quick and easy to put into place and have two mounting orientations. There’s no control panel required and the drives are programmed by switches.

ACS55 enclosures are rated IP20 as standard and feature automatic switching frequency which produces the lowest possible noise without derating the drive.


This micro drive retains the simplicity of the ACS55 but extends its capability, adding an extended range of power frames and programmability. The ACS150 has an in-built PID controller for even greater electric motor control plus an integrated potentiometer for intuitive speed setting.

Parameter lock to prevent unauthorised use is a real bonus, as is the drive protection system which guards against short-circuit when power is connected to the electric motor terminals.

The ACS150 has been designed with OEMs in mind, specifically the FlashDrop feature allowing parameter programming whilst the drive is still in its box, plus the choice to have the unit badged and packaged to your own design.

If you’d like to know more about ABB micro drives, call 01621 868138 or email and one of our expert engineers will be happy to help.


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