Siemens' Congleton factory geared up to take to market the new Sinamics G115D distributed drive system

By Tom Avery

4th Feb 2021 | Local News

Siemens' Congleton factory is ready to take to the global market the advanced new Sinamics G115D, a compact and powerful drive system specifically designed for horizontal conveyor applications.

The drive system comprises motor, frequency converter and gearbox in one unit and is offered in two versions - wall-mounted and motor-mounted with many design variations for the customer to choose from in the online configurator to suit their conveyor requirements.

Rob Matthews, SCM Lead, Siemens Congleton, said: "It is a proud moment for us at Siemens Congleton as the inverter is made here and we have put together a system in which we can ready the product for delivery in just 15 working days.

"If the customer orders a motor mount version, the inverter is made here, and then shipped to our sister factories in the Czech Republic or Germany to be married with the gearbox and the motor.

"We at Congleton focused on three key areas to ensure that the G115D met the highest standards. Our manufacturing systems are designed to ensure quality so that when the product reaches the customer it is right the first time."

"Our systems are primed to cope with thousands of variants of inverters, and thousands of variants of our motors and gearboxes. Finally, we assure speedy delivery," Matthews added.

Gary Wilcock, Product Manager UK - Motion Control, Siemens Digital Industries, commented: "It has been a challenging but rewarding journey getting the G115D ready for the market in the face of Brexit pressures.

"We are delighted to announce that we now have a nine-month production capacity of 11,000 units.

"The markets we are targeting include logistics, food and beverage, automotive and airports. Of these, logistics and food and beverage sectors are our prime focus areas.

"The G115D sits nicely as a decentralised drive for these industries. But we are not trying to limit ourselves, because our products offer multiple applications, and we are competent to customise our products to different sectors."

The Sinamics G115D drive system is characterised by a robust design with a high IP protection class (up to IP66) and is therefore also suitable for use in harsh environments.

Thanks to its compact dimensions, the Sinamics G115D can be installed easily even in confined areas.

The drive system can also be operated reliably over a wide temperature range of -30 to 55 degrees Celsius.

It is available in the power ranges 0.37 to 7.5 kilowatts for wall mounting and 0.37 to 4 kilowatts for motor mounting.

The drive system can be put into operation quickly and easily with comprehensive integration into the TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) portal including Startdrive commissioning software, or the Sinamics G120 Smart Access Module (SAM) web server tool for setup and diagnostics.

To be prepared for digital transformation and to enable cloud-based analyses, Sinamics G115D is integrated into the entire MindConnect portfolio and is compatible with Mindsphere applications such as Analyze MyDrives.

Thanks to Profisafe, the Sinamics G115D has Safety Integrated in the form of STO (Safe Torque Off) SIL2, which standardises and facilitates the certification process.

For flexibility in terms of installation, service and maintenance, the solution is equipped with a plug-in connector and flexible connection possibilities.

The device is particularly suitable for interaction with Simatic controllers such as the Simatic S7-1200 or Simatic ET200 for motion control.

Siemens offers Service Protect for the Sinamics G115D. As part of this service package, an additional one or two-year extension may be purchased for failure coverage.

The package offers simplified processing under normal warranty conditions for the extended period.


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