ComDrive™ Eddy Current Brake

ComDrive™ Eddy Current Brake Control & Safety System

Safety * Reliability * High Efficiency * Low Maintenance * Field Proven System

Nuclear Industry Approved * Power Generation Industry Approved

Commander Controls Limited developed this advanced and highly efficient range of high performance ComDriveEddy Current Brake Systems for use on high integrity overhead travelling cranes where accurate speed control and load safety is paramount. When used in conjunction with the Prospeed-IIClosed Loop Speed Control System, slip-ring wound rotor type electric motor, contactor switch gear and specially graded resistances, the ComDrive™ machine provides a reliable failsafe speed control solution for both Crane, Hoist & Winch applications. Accurate pre-set speed control up to 5 speeds can be achieved in both directions of movement between 7.5% and 60% of the applied motor rated speed.

ComDrive™ machine is IP54 rated and are available in 4 sizes from 2.2kW to 150kW (optional size 5). The ComDrive™ machine is simple and reliable and is similar in construction to a squirrel cage (induction) motor, but has a DC field coil system with a solid steel balanced rotor developed for higher efficiency and reliability as opposed to types using riveted laminations in their construction (these can magnetically oscillate and fatigue, such a method reduces the machine life).


ComDriveEddy Current Brake Units are constructed to a uniform footprint from high quality tested and Mill certified materials. Cooling is provided by a separately driven forced air cooling fan motor with in-built air flow sensor which is coupled into and monitored by the Prospeed-IIClosed Loop Speed Control System. This method of cooling has considerable advantages to performance and efficiency over the entire range of ComDrive™ Machines. Cooler running means closer tolerances between the rotor and field coil pole pieces can be achieved particularly at low speeds. The monitored cooling fan assembly can be oriented during manufacture if required to suit close (low) headroom installations. One level of Thermistor protection is provided as standard to protect against temperature rise. A Metrosil™ device is incorporated to protect against field spikes. Yellow finish.


The Prospeed-IIClosed Loop Speed Control provides a varying DC Voltage and Current to the ComDrive™ field winding producing a magnetic field between the stator and solid moving rotor. The slip ring rotor voltage from the motor is used to represent motor speed and is monitored by the Prospeed-II™ Unit to vary the applied magnetic field strength in order to achieve the desired pre-set speed. Separate contactor control of rotor resistance switching assists the motor speed torque development.


There is no need for carbon brush gear and very little maintenance is required other than occasional (6 monthly) greasing of rotor shaft bearings via the fitted lubrication system and replacement of the ventilation filters.

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Established in 1993, Commander Controls Limited are specialists in providing electronic industrial control systems for high integrity lifting operations, which include Infra-Red & Radio remote control and Collision Avoidance (Detection) systems. They provide high-quality, durable equipment, which has been the chosen option for many businesses and locations worldwide.

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Commander Controls Limited
12 High Hazles Road
Manvers Business Park, Cotgrave
NG12 3GZ
United Kingdom

+44 (0)115 989 0100