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Protective cover ensures outdoor VSD operation whatever the weather

Niamh Marriott, Editor

29/04/2020

ABB introduces a weatherproof solution which protects drives operating in outdoor locations.

A weatherproof enclosure is available which allows standard, wall-mounted ABB variable speed drives (VSDs) to operate in outdoor areas while remaining protected from weather conditions. The enclosure avoids the need to purchase more costly VSDs with higher IP ratings.

IP65 or IP66 are often specified for outdoor VSD installations, on the assumption that these higher ratings are sufficient protection against the weather.

However, a high IP rating does not mean weatherproof and can be more expensive than VSDs with lower IP ratings. ABB’s weatherproof solution provides a suitable enclosure to ensure that VSDs are adequately protected outdoors, enabling the use of IP55 drives.

The weatherproof solution can be used with the ABB range of general purpose drives, HVAC drives, and water industry drives. A range of frame sizes is available to cover VSD variants and power ratings. The backplate is fixed to a wall using the same fixing holes as the drive itself, ensuring a streamlined and easy installation, while still leaving access to the keypad for commissioning. The cover can be removed quickly to carry out drive maintenance.