Power equipment manufacturer REO has launched its highest ingress protection (IP) equipment to date. The company's years of experience working with clients that operate in harsh environments has allowed it to enhance its REOunity range, adding IP65 and IP66 rated chokes, braking resistors and EMC filters, to handle aggressive environments and severe climatic conditions.
The REOunity concept allows companies in the drives industry to source all the components in and around the frequency converter from a single source, whether as stand-alone products or as a complete system solution.
The design of the range allows external mounting outside the inverter, without the need for additional enclosures. Using high IP rated products also means lower costs, because it eliminates the necessity of an expensive control cabinet.
The IP65 and IP66 equipment is extremely robust and offers complete protection from dust, liquid and slurries. It also has very good heat dissipation properties and its modular design makes various connection options available. REO's EMC filters with IP66 ratings also provide protection against corrosion and salt water.
In sectors such as offshore, railway or energy, electrical equipment is often required to work safely for many years under extremely difficult conditions. This means machinery often comes into contact with destructive substances, like fuels, vapors and bases, and must be able to withstand humidity, water spray and salt air.
"The degrees of equipment protection against the intrusion of dust, accidental contact and water in mechanical casings and electrical enclosures, is measured using an IP rating," explained Steve Hughes, managing director of REO UK. “IP65 and IP66 rated devices can be used in particularly aggressive environments, outside of control cabinets, because they are perfectly protected against dust and water jets.”
REO's high IP solutions are user-friendly and extremely easy to install. They're particularly suitable for a variety of applications that use variable speed drives, including pumps, fans, conveyors, cranes, hoists, compressors and lifts.
The complete guide to the environments in which IP65 and IP66 devices can be used can be found on the REO website
REO also develops customized applications from the simulation model stage to the mature end product. All REO products adhere to international certifications and standards and come with the required documentation and testing.