AutomationDirect announces the addition of a new high-performance AC drive series that supports closed-loop flux vector and torque control modes. The WEG CFW500 AC drives come in a variety of voltage and horsepower ratings, and can control 230VAC 3-phase motors from 1/4 to 30 hp when powered with 230VAC 3-phase, and 1/4-3 hp when powered with 230VAC single-phase. The 460VAC models support motor sizes from 1/3 to 60 hp. These drives include ample built-in I/O that is expandable with option modules; they support Modbus RTU and Ethernet communications modules that allow the drive to be controlled and monitored via Modbus TCP or EtherNet/IP. The CFW500 series has a built-in PLC and uses the same software for drive configuration and programming as the CFW100 and CFW300 series. Also part of this product addition is the IP66-rated CFW500, offering most features of the CFW500 in an IP66/NEMA 4X enclosure, rated for washdown environments as well as indoor or outdoor installations. The IP66-rated models come in ratings up to 20 hp. These new CFW500 high-performance AC drives have a 1-year warranty.