Siemens Provides Answers to the Top Five Questions about the MASTERDRIVES to SINAMICS Migration Program

In 2011 Siemens' Simovert MASTERDRIVES drive family entered mature status. Siemens is fully committed to providing support to this highly successful product family. The same spirit of innovation and manufacturing excellence seen with MASTERDRIVES is now being applied to the SINAMICS family of drives.

Hopefully we can answer all your MASTERDRIVES questions below.  If not, please do not hesitate to contact us or one of our Solution Partners.

MASTERDRIVES support information may be found here.


How long can I still get support for my existing MASTERDRIVES products?

Siemens and its partners are committed to supporting the installed MASTERDRIVES base until at least 2020, but subcomponent availability and price will invariable change throughout the maturity cycle as shown in the timeline diagram below.

MASTERDRIVES Migration Timeline

What MASTERDRIVES products can I still buy?

Full MASTERDRIVES units are no longer available through Siemens. MASTERDRIVES have been replaced by the SINAMICS family of drives.

 Learn more about SINAMICS

However, most replacement parts may be purchased as you would any other drive product.


Where do I get technical information, downloads, maintenance information, etc.?

Here is summary technical information for MASTERDRIVES:

MASTERDRIVES VC (Vector Control)

MASTERDRIVES VC are available for a supply voltage of 3-phase 380 V to 480 V AC, 50/60 Hz, depending on the output, in the following types of construction

Compact PLUS

0.55 - 37 kW (0.75 - 50 HP)

Compact Units

2.2 – 37 kW (3 – 50 HP)

Chassis Units

45 – 710 kW (60 – 1,000 HP)

MASTERDRIVES MC (Motion Control)

MASTERDRIVES MC are available for a supply voltage of 3-phase 380 V to 480 V AC, 50/60 Hz, depending on the output, in the following types of construction

Compact PLUS

0.55 - 37 kW (0.75 - 50 HP)

Compact Units

2.2 – 37 kW (3 – 50 HP)

Chassis Units

45 – 250 kW (60 – 335 HP)

Performance 2

0.75 to 710 kW (0.55 – 1,000 HP)

FAQs - Frequently Answered Questions - many technical questions and answers

General Technical Information - such as brochures and catalogs - can be accessed from any page in this section by clicking to expand the General Information list to your right.

Technical Resources - such as Manuals, firmware, and software

Maintenance


How do I get support?

Certified Migration Specialists, Distributors, and Contacts at Siemens

Repair Information


What do I do when I need to replace my drive?

Information and several options are listed here.

Migration Options for Vector Control Units (VC)

If you are considering new drives to replace your MASTERDRIVES VC units, the SINAMICS G120 and SINAMICS G150 are ideal for stand-alone applications, while the SINAMICS S120 is better suited for common DC bus applications so prevalent with the more demanding coordinated motion systems.

Migration Options for Motion Control Units (MC)

If you are considering replacements for your MASTERDRIVES MC drives, the SINAMICS S120 is the right choice. For point-to-point positioning applications, or if your MC drive was part of a synchronized servo system, then SINAMICS S120 with SIMOTION will easily handle the job.

MASTERDRIVES to SINAMICS Conversion Tool

This really handy tool in Excel allows you to enter information on your existing MASTERDRIVES unit to find which SINAMICS drives meet your needs.  When you open the file, click Enable Macros - don't worry, it's safe.

MASTERDRIVES Retrofit

To locate a company eager to help you migrate your MASTERDRIVES to a newer platform, view the list Certified MASTERDRIVES Migration Partners on the MASTERDRIVES Support page. They will be glad to discuss with you all options.

Migration help is available!

The page includes many links to the right people to answer your questions about migration from MASTERDRIVES to the new SINAMICS line of Siemens drives.


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