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F6-K EtherCAT VFD Released for NA Market

Jonathan Bullick | February 18th, 2015

KEB America releases F6-K VFD for the North American market


SHAKOPEE, MN – KEB America, Inc. announced today that its single-axis F6-K EtherCAT VFD platform has been released for sale to the North American market.


The F6-K drive offers on-board EtherCAT/VARAN and CAN communication. The bus cycle time has been lowered to 125µs, an 8x improvement over the previous generation. Additionally, the F6-K carries SIL3 rated dual-channel STO (Safe-Torque-Off) functionality which is included standard.


The F6-K has increased the number of analog inputs to 3, making it ideal for internally regulating more complex processes (e.g. hydraulic pump servo motor). The F6-K drive can run a wide variety of motor types (induction, permanent magnet, linear) with various control schemes. As standard, the F6 platform also incorporates a dual-channel universal encoder interface that supports incremental, resolver, and absolute encoder types.


“The F6-K drive is the ideal inverter for applications using EtherCAT communication and requiring STO functionality,” said Jonathan Bullick, marketing manager at KEB America. “With a range up to 900Hp, the F6-K is well suited for high-performance VFD applications running either induction or PM motors.”


For the North American market, the F6-K is manufactured and supported by KEB America’s headquarters in Minnesota.


About Us – KEB America, Inc.

KEB America, Inc., headquartered in Shakopee, MN, is the leading global provider of gearmotors, brakes, and motor control solutions for industrial machinery. For more information regarding KEB’s products, please visit


A picture of F6-K EtherCAT drive from KEB America

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