Quin Extends Support for Legacy IRT Motor Drives

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Helping plants ride out the credit crunch by extending the life of older drives and easing the migration to newer technology.

IRT 1300 and 1500 series drives supported by Quin's repair and upgrade service

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Quin Systems is helping its customers through the tough economic climate by lowering the cost of investment in new drive technology. The company has announced the establishment of a repair and migration service to support machine builders and plants using legacy 1300 and 1500 series IRT drives. The new service extends Quin's long-standing status as UK distributor and technical support organisation for Switzerland-based IRT SA, which manufactures servo drives for DC, brushless and asynchronous motors. Information about the service is on the Quin Web site.

Explains Quin managing director Mike Webb: "Some 200000 IRT units are in use throughout the world, many of them the reliable 1300 and 1500 series drives introduced over 10 years ago. We recognise that the credit crunch is putting customers off replacing these older drives. Quin's response is to set up a repair operation for companies who wish to extend the service of their legacy drives; and alongside this, we are introducing packages to lower the cost of upgrading to the latest IRT technology."
Quin's upgrade packages include drive and adapter cables, which will work with the existing control system and motor, so providing a cost-effective solution.

The latest IRT 2000/4000 series of digital drives operates from single phase, 230V, or 415V three-phase supplies, providing 3A to 30A duty. Expansion boards enable simple synchronisation and positioning, and the units are compatible with a wide choice of feedback devices including resolvers, encoders, Hiperface® and EnDat® interfaces.

Hiperface® is a registered trademark of Sick Stegmann GmbH. EnDat® is a registered trademark of Johannes Heidenhain GmbH. All other products and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.

About Quin Systems
Headquartered in Wokingham, UK, Quin Systems Ltd. was established in 1983 with the goal of bringing expert engineering skills to the field of machine automation. The company's approach brings together the disciplines of mechanical, electronics and software to achieve powerful machine design and control system implementation.
Leadership in this technology is centred on a powerful programming language, researched and developed by Quin to bring real time reliable flexible control to machines. With the ability to dynamically link and unlink many motor axes together via software lineshaft, flexible cam, index and triggers, Quin's programming architecture not only provides a powerful distributed control system, but also provides powerful remote diagnostics and interfaces to factory data systems.
As well as technology and products, the company has a strong track record in application engineering, offering support that extends throughout the life of a customer's machine. Quin also works with selected manufacturers of complementary products to provide a wide range of engineering services for the automation industry. These include LinMot linear motors, and HMI display panels as well as SBC motors and drives.

About IRT
IRT SA specialises in the development and commercialisation of servo amplifiers for DC motors, brushless and asynchronous. Founded in 1980, the company employs 30 people at its 2500m² facilities in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. IRT has a turnover of 8million Swiss Francs (Around €5m) and has built its success on the foundations of high quality manufacturing, innovation, flexibility, strong customer service and competitive pricing. Further information is available on the http://www.irtsa.com.


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