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Recently, Danfoss have made some changes to their product offerings which means there are new options to consider and also maintenance factors to bear in mind for drives nearing the end of their life cycle.

What is a product life cycle?

The life cycle starts when the part is introduced to the market and ends when it is no longer supported by the original manufacturer. In between when the product is active spares and support are bountiful and then it moves onto the limited support phase before reaching the end of the life cycle.

End-of-life Danfoss drives and their replacements

VLT 2800 to VLT Midi Drive FC 280

The VLT 2800 is now at the limited support phase of the product life cycle. Danfoss have a designated replacement for this range which is the VLT Midi Drive FC 280 which offers full backwards compatibility as well as a number of extra functions. Danfoss drives are known for their flexibility and ease of use, and the FC 280 is no different. Available in 1 and 3-Phase 200-240V and 3-Phase 380-840V, from 0.37 to 22kW, the Midi Drive excels as a general purpose inverter drive.

VLT 5000 to VLT AutomationDrive FC 302

As it is now also at the end of life stage and no longer supported by the OEM, Danfoss have introduced the VLT AutomationDrive FC 302 which offers perfect control of an entire range of operations from ordinary to servo-like applications on any machine or production line. The modular open-technology platform on which the VLT® AutomationDrive is built makes it exceptionally adaptable and easy to program.

VLT 3500 and VLT 6000 to VLT HVAC Drive FC 102

The VLT 3500 and 6000 were designed especially for HVAC applications and are now at the end of life stage, meaning they are no longer supported by the OEM. Danfoss have a dedicated replacement for these ranges which is the VLT HVAC Drive FC 102. The new drive is dedicated to ventilation, heating, and refrigeration applications and has a wide range of powerful standard and optional features, ensuring a low total cost of ownership.

VLT 8000 to VLT AQUA Drive FC 202

The last of the end of life drives in this article is the VLT 8000 which is a drive dedicated to water applications. Danfoss have also created a successor to this drive range called the VLT AQUA Drive FC 202 which drives and controls all types of pumps. It’s optimised for AC-motor-driven water and wastewater applications and also boasts the user-friendly setup menu makes which makes installation easy, enabling you to reach the highest level of performance with low cost of ownership.