Amantys has announced the successful implementation of its Amantys Power Insight communications protocol over Avago's 50 MBd Versatile Link transmitters and receivers. Prior work, noted an Amantys spokesman, uses a link speed of 5 Mbd, and the higher speed comes with integration into Avago’s Versatile Link technology; Avago is working with Amantys to bring improved system information to its customers.
This will result in the capability to set up all key operating parameters of a drive over an intelligent communications system. Makers of IGBT-based drives want – says Amantys – to be able to communicate at system level; as well as providing precise drive control, and failure diagnostics, there is also the option of providing condition monitoring during operation. For example, if the thermal conditions affecting a particular power switch should degrade, this could be monitored and action taken to adjust load sharing, reducing the likelihood of device failure and deferring remedial action until a planned-maintenance period.
Amantys Power Insight provides several capabilities including:
- Monitoring of key system parameters at the IGBT switch during system operation;
- Reporting back detailed fault codes which help the system operator understand the nature of problems in the switch;
- Configuring the switching characteristics of the IGBT module remotely to match operational demands.