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How to achieve accurate speed and torque control from your drive

Direct torque control (DTC) is a cutting-edge motor control platform for variable-speed drives which was developed in the 1980s to enable higher accuracy in electric motor speed and torque control.

Variable-speed drive manufacturer ABB has used DTC since 1996 and continues to support the platform in its products to this day. DTC provides torque response that’s typically 10 times faster than any AC or DC drive, with the outstanding process control enabling consistent product quality and energy efficiency.

This leading technology has now been upgraded, with the fourth generation DTC bringing users even greater control speed and torque control. Here are some of the benefits added to this already invaluable platform:

  • Improved performance in open and closed loop and a higher switching frequency
  • Enhanced speed and torque control accuracy for both dynamic and static values
  • High-speed motors up to 500 Hz supported
  • Increased choice of identification set-up runs
  • Refined motor shaft response, now within 2 ms (milliseconds) of a reference change, down from 10 ms
  • Allows control of any motor type via an ACS880 drive without a change to the firmware.

As an ABB Authorised Value Provider, Gibbons is delighted to supply ABB drives direct from stock and one of our expert engineers would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

So give us a call on 01621 868138 or email and discover how the latest drives technology could boost the efficiency and profitability of your process. 

Variable-Speed Drives, Electric Motors

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