Motor-starting Matters
Big Benefits for Your Small Motor

Choosing Between Softstarters & Motor Drives

Identify the application
1 Is it a full speed application,

Softstarter examples: Pumps, compressors, fans, conveyers, bow thrusters, crushers, etc.

or a variable speed application?

Variable speed drives examples: Conveyers, fans, mixers, grinders, elevators, cranes, etc.

2 Is speed and torque control during start-ups enough, or does the speed and torque need to be controlled also during run cycles?
3 Is smooth start-up enough, or are energy savings sought?
    Choose a softstarter   Choose an AC drive

Featured Softstarters



  • Small, Compact Starting Solution
  • Can Perform Many Starts per Hour
  • Reduce Energy Loss at Full Speed with Built-in Bypass
  • Rated Operational Current: 3–105 A
  • Operational Voltage: 208–600 VAC
  • Control Supply Voltage: 24 V AC/DC or 100–240 VAC


  • Keep Your Motor Safe with Built-in Motor Protections
  • Fast, Easy Set-up with Illuminated, Language-Neutral Display
  • Eliminate Water Hammering with Torque Control
  • Rated Operational Current: 18–370 A
  • Operational Voltage: 208–600 VAC
  • Control Supply Voltage: 100–250 VAC


  • Secure Motor Reliability
  • Improve Installation Efficiency
  • Increase Application Productivity
  • Three-Phase Controlled
  • Operational Voltage: 208-690 VAC
  • Wide Rated Control Supply Voltage: 100-250 V, 50/60 Hz

Featured Micro Drives


Micro drive for machine-building from .18 to 2.2 kW/0.25 to 3 hp

Micro drive for machine-building from .37 to 4 kW/0.5 to 5 hp

Micro drive for extreme environments with 115 & 600 V-.37 to 15 kW/0.2 to 20 hp

Pump- and fan-optimized drive from .37 to 22 kW/0.5 to 30 hp

Machine builder's choice from .37 to 22 kW/0.5 to 30 hp



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