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Danfoss receives top distinction in AE50 Awards program

AE50 Awards program

Danfoss Power Solutions’ Editron EC-C1700B-420 electric converter has been named a Davidson Prize winner in the annual AE50 Awards program, highlighting its value to the agricultural machinery industry. The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers presented the award to Danfoss on Friday, March 1, at the Commodity Classic event in Houston, Texas.

ASABE’s AE50 Awards program recognizes product innovations in agricultural, food, and biological systems. Honorees include machines, systems, components, software, and services. Davidson Prize winners are selected from the top-scoring AE50 Award winners, representing the best of the year’s newly introduced products. Winners are projected to have a significant impact on agricultural production, efficiency, or safety.

The new Editron EC-C1700B-420 is a heavy-duty electric converter developed for electric or hybrid drivetrains in mobile machinery, harbor cranes, and marine vessels. Designed specifically for the highly cyclical

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loads typical in heavy machinery, the converter features a robust design that withstands high levels of mechanical vibrations and shocks. EC-C1700B-420 is suitable for voltage levels of up to 1,200 volts DC/690 volts AC, making it one of the first 690 VAC mobile converters on the market. 

Editron EC-C converters are built with components that can handle double the number of load cycles compared to components used in standard industrial inverters, making them a better fit for mobile applications such as agricultural machinery. The converters’ high-performance vector control drives electric motors accurately and smoothly. They can control induction motors, permanent magnet motors, and reluctance-assisted permanent magnet motors with or without sensors.

Commenting on the award, Markus Plassmann, Editron product portfolio manager, Danfoss Power Solutions, said: “We’re thrilled the EC-C1700 converter has been recognized as one of the year’s best innovations for the agriculture industry. The Davidson Prize is a nod to engineers like J.B. Davidson, the father of modern agricultural engineering, who aspire to find a better way. We believe the electrification of agriculture is that better way, and innovations such as our EC-C1700 converter can help accelerate the development of hybrid and fully electric machinery. The converter is compact and lightweight with specifications tailored to the environments in which agricultural machinery operates.”

To learn more about Danfoss Editron EC-C converters, visit the high-voltage electric inverters webpage.

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