Industrial drives are used in many different applications across the factory floor as a key part of the next generation of factory automation. There are many different types of motors used depending on the requirements, from turning shafts or driving pumps and fans. The electric motor in an industrial drive can use a range of different techniques, from brushed or brushless DC to variable-speed drives as well as single- and three-phase AC motors.
The industrial drive combines a suitable motor with a drive or inverter to control the speed, torque and position, as well as switches, sensors and communications links as part of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
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ST offers an extensive range of 8-bit STM8 and 32-bit STM32 microcontrollers, a wide range of power discrete including IGBTs and power MOSFETs, as well as integrated power modules (IPM) to help build scalable, high-efficiency power stages with power ranging from a few watts up to tens of kilowatts.
Additionally, ST provides an extensive portfolio of high-performance operational amplifiers and comparators, switching and linear regulators and MEMS inertial and environmental sensors – to enable predictive maintenance – and a comprehensive range of software and hardware evaluation tools to help reduce time and cost of development and design.