MOVIMOT® flexible decentralized inverter

  • Silver-gray inverter on a concrete wall with orange cable

    Flexible compatibility – an inverter for any motor

MOVIMOT® flexible offers you a great deal of freedom when it comes to lean production automation. This decentralized inverter takes automation from the central control cabinet into the field – exactly where you need to automate your drive technology.

MOVIMOT® flexible decentralized inverter
MOVIMOT® flexible

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MOVIMOT® flexible decentralized inverter

MOVIMOT® flexible decentralized inverter

We have based the further development of our decentralized product portfolio on our MOVI‑C® modular automation system. MOVIMOT® flexible enables the decentralized inverter to be installed close to the motor in your system. With MOVIMOT® flexible, it's up to you whether you opt for synchronous or asynchronous motor technology.

The MOVIMOT® flexible decentralized inverter consists of an inverter and a connection box with field distributor function.

MOVIMOT® flexible is now available in two versions . MMF1., the lean basic version, already comes with the full range of inverter functions, while MMF3. offers additional options that simplify installation and operation. These options include a load disconnector (with or without integrated line protection) and preparation for mounting an operator panel. A key switch with feedback contact can also be integrated.

With nominal output currents of 2.0, 2.5 and 3.2 A as well as 4.0 and 5.5 A, the current configuration of the decentralized inverter (size 1) supports performance classes ranging from 0.55 to 3.0 kW (depending on motor type). Additional performance classes are in the pipeline.

Facts about MOVIMOT® flexible

  • Silver-gray inverter against a gray concrete background Properties & technical data
  • Benefits & areas of application
  • Communication
  • Digital motor and data integration Digital motor and data integration
  • MOVIKIT® software modules
  • Functional safety
  • Silver-gray inverter against a gray concrete background with operator panel Further options
  • Topologies
  • Product labels
  • Ambient conditions


  • Motor types: Can be combined with synchronous/asynchronous drives (with/without encoder) from SEW‑EURODRIVE and with third-party motors
  • Encoder evaluation: Evaluation of all SEW‑EURODRIVE motor encoders with DDI interface
  • Connection voltage: 380 V – 500 V at 50/60 Hz (also available as IT system variant)
  • MOVILINK® DDI: The digital motor interface with an electronic nameplate that includes all drive unit data. By eliminating the need for manual motor startup, this saves you valuable time and avoids any potential startup errors.
  • Control modes
    • V/f: Highly robust for asynchronous motors without encoders
    • VFCPLUS: Extremely versatile for asynchronous motors with and without encoders
    • CFC: Highly dynamic for asynchronous and synchronous motors with encoders
    • ELSM®: Highly efficient for synchronous motors without encoders
  • Overload capacity up to 300% of IN
    • Prevents oversizing in static operation
    • Reduces installed size of necessary supply infrastructure
  • Weight
    • MMF1.: 4 – 4.5 kg*
    • MMF3.: 5 – 5.5 kg*
      * Depending on inverter's drive electronics

Selected technical data

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MMF1.   MMF3.  
Size* Size 1 Size 1E Size 1 Size 1E
Weight kg 3.5 4 5 5.5
Nominal output current A 2 – 3.2 4 – 5.5 4 – 5.5 2 – 3.2
Nominal power kW** 0.55 – 1.1 1.5 – 2.2 0.55 – 1.1 1.5 – 2.2
Connection voltage V 3 × AC 380 V – 500 V
  1. * Others in preparation (up to 16 A / 7.5 kW)
  2. ** In conjunction with asynchronous motors
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The benefits for you

  • Consistency
    The standardized MOVI‑C® portfolio makes it very easy to decide between control cabinet and decentralized installation.
  • Modular diversity
    You can use the MOVIMOT® flexible decentralized inverter to control any type of motor.
  • Simple installation
    Digital motor integration and a single-cable solution make life easy.
  • Wide range of options
    The perfect solution for every requirement.
  • Reduced supply infrastructure
    Overload capacity of up to 300% of IN.

MOVIMOT® flexible is highly versatile

From dynamic materials handling technology with speed-controlled axes all the way through to positioning tasks

  • Horizontal and vertical conveyor systems for parcel logistics and intralogistics, including baggage handling at airports
  • Food and beverage industry
  • Automotive industry

Communication/installation variants:

  • DFC – direct fieldbus communication (PROFINET, EtherNet/IPTM, Modbus TCP, POWERLINK)
  • DSI – direct system bus installation (EtherCAT®/SBusPLUS)
  • DBC – direct binary communication
  • DAC – direct AS-interface communication

Digital and analog inputs/outputs:

  • DFC/DSI: Up to 7 digital inputs and up to 2 digital inputs or outputs
  • DBC: 4 digital inputs / 1 relay output and 1 analog input (0 – 10 V, 0 – 20 mA, 4 – 20 mA)
  • DAC: 4 digital inputs / 1 relay output

Digital motor and data integration

Single-cable technology for power supply and data transfer with digital encoder for synchronous and asynchronous motors

In fact, only one hybrid cable is required here for the data connection between inverter and motor. The MOVILINK® DDI digital data interface transfers the power, brake, encoder and diagnostic data to the motor.

The "Drive" category includes MOVIKIT® software modules that are operated directly on the MOVITRAC® advanced standard inverter:

  • MOVIKIT® Positioning Drive: MOVIKIT® Positioning Drive enables positioning applications with a standardized fieldbus interface.
  • MOVIKIT® RapidCreepPositioning Drive: MOVIKIT® RapidCreepPositioning Drive is a software module for implementing classic "rapid/creep speed positioning" without a motor encoder.
  • MOVIKIT® Velocity Drive: MOVIKIT® Velocity Drive allows you to use applications with velocity control and a standardized fieldbus interface.

Functional safety overview

  • Integrated STO (Safe Torque Off) safety function to IEC 61800-5-2
  • Safety Integrity Level 3 to EN 61800-5-2:2017 and EN 61508:2010
  • PL e to EN ISO 13849-1:2015
  • Optionally available with PROFIsafe and FSoE
  • In preparation: CIP safety

Available options

Encoder compatibility option

  • Single-turn encoder /EI8Z for positioning and extended speed setting range
  • In preparation:
    • /AK8Z (MOVILINK® DDI multi-turn encoder)
    • /EI7C-FS (safe single-turn encoder)
    • /EZ2Z single-turn encoder
    • /AZ2Z multi-turn encoder

DynaStop® option

  • DynaStop® electrodynamic retarding function (/DSP)

Optional plug connectors

  • AC 400 V supply with M15 or M23 plug connectors
  • Safe Torque Off (STO) with M12 plug connectors (A-coded, 5-pin)
  • DC 24 V backup voltage with M12 plug connectors (L-coded, 5-pin)
  • M23 plug connectors for hybrid installation
  • All plug connectors can also be used for further looping.

Brake control option

  • Integrated HV brake control for 120 V, 230 V and 400 V
  • Third-party brake control
  • 24 V brake control

Further options

  • Optionally available with integrated load disconnector, including feedback contact


From control technology to inverters and drives, whether centralized or decentralized, there are no language barriers with any of the components from the MOVI-C® modular automation system.

Plan the design of your machines or systems with a single control, communication or installation topology. Our hardware and software will ensure seamless integration/assimilation and simply get things moving.

Customized motion control applications are making increasing use of the EtherCAT® CiA402 profile, including directly in the field, to control a number of drives using a field distributor. Whether you are utilizing this bus communication interface or a different one, you have unlimited combination options with MOVIMOT® flexible.

Certifications / conformity

  • Country certifications
  • CE (Europe)
  • CMIM (Morocco)
  • RCM (Australia)
  • UA.TR (Ukraine)
  • MMF1: UL approval (USA and Canada)
  • EAC (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan)
  • MMF3: UL approval (USA and Canada)

Ambient conditions

  • Degree of protection: Standard IP65 to EN 60529
  • Ambient temperature: -25 °C to +60 °C (reduction in performance from 40 °C)
  • Sustainability & excellent energy-saving potential:
    • Enhanced energy efficiency thanks to integrated standby mode and flux optimization

Ready for use in your application:

MOVIMOT® flexible drive unit

MOVIMOT® flexible. An inverter that has a connection box with field distributor function for installation close to the motor.

Are you looking for an even simpler solution with the inverter integrated into the motor?

Our MOVIMOT® advanced drive unit combines an asynchronous motor with a frequency inverter, making it an all-rounder for use in numerous intelligent logistics applications.

The benefits for you

  • The standard solution for all materials handling applications
  • Suitable for a wide range of applications, from speed control to positioning
  • Inverter integration minimizes assembly work
  • High-performance connection to all standard communication systems
  • Diverse gear unit combinations for customized adaptation


Tobias Nittel, portfolio manager for decentralized drive technology at SEW‑EURODRIVE

The MOVI‑C® modular automation system gives customers the option to implement their applications both with inverters in a control cabinet and with drive electronics that are either located close to the motor or integrated into it ...


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