June 13, 2012 07:39 ET

Vacon Takes Its Product Offering to the Next Level

VAASA, FINLAND--(Marketwire - Jun 13, 2012) - Global AC drive manufacturer Vacon strengthens its position as an industry leader in the AC drives market with the announcement of three new products at the Vacon Drives Conference: VACON® 100, VACON® 100 X and VACON® 20 X. All three new products are designed to improve Vacon's wide product offering in a manner that benefits customers and continues to help them optimize efficiency in application processes throughout all industries.

The flagship AC drive VACON 100 is one of the most important new products in the company's history. "The VACON 100 is a multipurpose drive that can be adapted for hundreds of different applications. It offers the lowest cost of ownership and the best usability. That's why we're really excited about it," says Heikki Hiltunen, Executive Vice President, Market Operations.

"With the features VACON 100 offers such as an easy-to-use fully graphical multilingual display and extended built-in block programming for drive customization, we're expecting it to be the AC drive of choice throughout a whole range of industries. Pumps, compressors, fans, conveyors -- all these are applications which benefit massively from energy efficiency and improved productivity, and this product is ideal for these purposes," Hiltunen continues.

Among its versatile features for easy system integration are a Safe Torque Off (STO) function, on-board Ethernet-based communication protocols such as EtherNet/IP, PROFINET IO and Modbus TCP as well as ATEX-certified motor over-temperature protection.

The VACON 100 X and VACON 20 X are part of Vacon's new range of decentralized AC drives for situations where space comes at a premium. These drives also bring cost savings as no additional enclosures are needed.

"With IP66/Type 4X enclosures, the VACON 100 X and 20 X are ready to be used in harsh conditions," says Hans Carlsson, Product Marketing Director, Motor Drives at Vacon. "By placing the drive as close to the motor as possible or in the most appropriate location allows considerable savings to be achieved as no separate electrical rooms, long shielded motor cables nor drive cabinets are required. This is one of the ways for our customers to achieve the optimum total cost for their drive solution," concludes Carlsson.

Vacon in brief:

Vacon is driven by a passion to develop, manufacture and sell the best AC drives and inverters in the world -- and provide customers with efficient product lifecycle services. Our AC drives offer optimum process control and energy efficiency for electric motors. Vacon inverters play a key role when energy is produced from renewable sources. Vacon has production and R&D facilities in Europe, Asia and North America, and sales offices in 27 countries. Further, Vacon has sales representatives and service partners in nearly 90 countries. In 2011, Vacon's revenues amounted to EUR 380.9 million, and the company employed globally approximately 1,500 people. The shares of Vacon Plc (VAC1V) are quoted on the main list of the Helsinki stock exchange (NASDAQ OMX Helsinki).

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Contact Information

  • Further information:

    Heikki Hiltunen
    Executive Vice President, Market Operations
    Vacon Plc
    phone +358 (0)40 8371 609

    Sebastian Linko
    Director, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
    Vacon Plc
    +358 (0)40 8371 634