Category Archive: Conveying & Logistics

Motor Starter Podis


Decentralized motor starter for easy planning and safe operation of conveyor systems

Motors in conveyor systems need to be switched off safely, but the wiring and energy distribution involved is usually very complex, involving bulky cable trays, and complex distribution boxes. As a result, Wieland Electric has developed a new motor starter that reduces the complexity of installation and improves the safety of conveyor systems. The podis MS 5HP is a compact, robust and user-friendly drive component with an integrated STO (Safe Torque Off) function. The safety function disconnects the power supply from the emergency stop circuits completely. As a result, the STO circuits no longer need routing through a central distributor and assignment to a specific energy branch. The system is less susceptible to interference and the installation work is more easily planned and carried out.

The motor starter podis MS 5HP from Wieland Electric makes the planning and installation of expansive conveyor systems less complex.

Safe Torque Off

The innovative combination of starter functions allows for the decentralized assignment of all of the energy of the STO circuits in the field. In addition, a superior level of safety (SIL 3, PL e) can be achieved with less effort. All the motor starters in an emergency stop circuit connect to the STO female sockets. The STO circuit monitors and operates through an auxiliary voltage generated in the field and also by a two-channel safety relay. Several STO circuits can operate from one power supply.

Using an energy bus system such as the podis 5G6 from Wieland Electric further enhances decentralized motor control. The energy distribution for several motors and starters can combine on one line with only a single feed. This saves space in the cable trays and the wiring in the distributor panel is much more straightforward.

Multiple Motor sizes, One starter

The podis MS 5HP covers motors with a power range from 0.3 Hp to 5 Hp (0.25 kW to 4.0 kW), up to 5 different motors. This helps reduce storage and administration costs. With only one order option for multiple motors, the procurement and materials management processes also require less effort.
Installation and commissioning are simple as well. DIP switches, for example, can be programmed on the device or with a web tool. The web configurator guides the user step-by-step through the different options. To access the configurator, simply scan the QR code on the front of the device.

Conveying Logistics

Use the podis energy bus system for a complete electrical installation of conveyor systems.

Approvals & Protection Rating

With international approvals, CE, cULus from Q4 2021, the podis MS 5HP is suitable for worldwide use. In addition, the disconnect switch is in accordance with UL 508. The integrated service switch safely turns off drives for maintenance or repair work. Individual conveying lines can disconnect from the power supply without the system as a whole shutting down. A special integrated power supply generates the 24V DC auxiliary voltage required to supply the connected sensors. It does not use the neutral conductor and hence makes additional separate wiring unnecessary. This saves time and reduces material costs. Designed compliant with protection class IP65 and the NEMA12 standard relevant for the US market, the podis MS 5HP is also suitable for use in harsh industrial environments.

Modex 2022

Modex 2022

March 28-31, Atlanta GA, Booth B1927

Explore power distribution, decentralized motor control, and machinery safety solutions at Modex 2022. Our new booth will have interactive walls with working products to demonstrate our functional safety components. Use Samos®Plan to quickly program a safety design, then watch it in action as we simulate it right on the spot! In addition, a working conveyor demo is outfitted with safety guards, our advanced 3-phase power distribution system, and so much more. Touch, pry, pull or interrupt, and see the actions and reactions of the system on the HMI screens.

New Product Launch – Motor Starter with Integrated Safety

podis® MS 5HP is the first decentralized motor starter with protection class NEMA 12 and integrated Safe Torque Off functionality! As a result, expansive conveyor systems are easier to install, commission, and service.

Learn more about the motor starter podis® MS 5HP.


Special Seminar – Beyond the Risk Assessment: what happens next?

Tuesday, March 29th, 12:45 PM at the Micro-Fulfillment Theatre

Explore risk mitigation strategies and examples with our certified safety expert using a palletizing application scenario. This seminar will explain in-depth the steps that a manufacturer must take to ensure the palletizing machine addresses the issues identified in the risk assessment.

In the presentation:

  • Palletizing/Box Packing application description
  • Defining the PLr
  • Setting-up the sensors
  • Programming the logic
  • Additional considerations

Explore Safety Services

In addition to quality safe components, we have expanded our solutions to include safety services. Experienced Wieland Electric machine safety consultants provide expert guidance on safety reviews, lockout/ tag-out planning and training, the machine safety concept, and more. Tell us your scenario and we can help you with the next steps.

Services we offer:

  • Safety Consultation
  • Risk Assessment
  • Lockout/ tag-out (LOTO)
  • Safety Design & Mitigation
  • Validation
  • Maintenance & modification as it relates to safety

Learn more about the safety services we offer

How does the podis® 3-phase power system work?

The revolutionary 3-phase power system, podis®, uses non-destructive insulation piercing technology for a safe, flexible, and guaranteed connection every time.

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Modex 2022, B1927

We are looking forward to reconnecting in person and showing you all of the ways we can improve installation time and machine availability.