ABB is launching a new series of variable frequency drives (VFDs) that aim to enhance the performance of smart buildings and enable users to meet more stringent energy efficiency regulations. Company officials said the new ACH580 HVAC drives ensure that applications operate reliably and without costly unplanned outages, safeguarding the comfort and security of occupants in commercial buildings, including critical facilities such as hospitals and data centers. 

The drives provide connectivity with existing building automation and control systems. ACH580 VFDs are integrated with ABB Ability™ monitoring services, which provides real-time data about drive status and performance from any location.  Monitoring parameters include drives availability, environmental conditions, and fault events.

Optional Bluetooth capability provides operating access in locations where drives are difficult to reach. Bluetooth also supports the connection to ABB Ability, providing the user with access to remote assistance services through the Drivetune application.

The ACH580 drive is offered with different enclosure ratings as either wall-mounted or cabinet-built. It can be integrated with most types of motors, including high-efficiency permanent magnet (PM) and synchronous reluctance (SynRM) motors.