MOVITRANS®: Decentralized contactless energy transfer system

You want to bridge lengthy tracks without long conveyor belts and as flexibly as possible? Then you won't get by without mobile materials handling technology. MOVITRANS® is the ideal power supply system for your needs – contactless, silent and wear-free. No space for a control cabinet? With the new decentralized MOVITRANS® you save space and time.

Reliable contactless power supply with MOVITRANS® – now also available without control cabinet

3D graphic: Mobile transport vehicles inductively supplied with power – flexibly via routing or selective charging
With near-field installation, MOVITRANS® supplies the required energy entirely maintenance-free
With near-field installation, MOVITRANS® supplies the required energy entirely maintenance-free

In many production facilities, machines and systems have to be connected over lengthy distances. In the past, expensive and high-maintenance conveyor belts or vehicles requiring a human driver were needed for this task. Nowadays, mobile transport systems easily bridge such distances.

If storage material and goods have to be transported over these long distances both as quickly as possible and clean at the same time, our MOVITRANS® is the perfect energy supply system for automated guided vehicles. This also applies to contamination-sensitive areas where contamination caused by energy transfer has to be avoided.

The solution: With MOVITRANS®, the socket is basically on board. The energy transfer is contactless via an air gap which makes the electromagnetic connection entirely maintenance-free and wear-free. This contactless energy supply enables high speeds of more than 10 m/s.

It operates on the principle of inductive energy transfer. Electrical energy is transferred without contact from a fixed conductor or in a stationary manner from a breakpoint via a field plate (charging plate) to one or more mobile consumers. Time-consuming, cumbersome cable carrier and conductor rail systems have become a thing of the past

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  • Features Features
  • MOVITRANS® line icon Safe disconnection
  • Areas of application Areas of application
  • Stationary components Stationary components
  • Mobile components Mobile components
  • Certifications/conformity Certifications, conformity


Comprehensive and unit-independent solution

  • The technology is based on the principle of inductive energy transfer.
  • Electrical energy is transferred continuously along the route via a line cable that benefits from flexible installation.
  • When using the new system with a wedge-shaped cable design, there is no need for time-consuming concrete sawing work or grouting of the grooves.
  • The electromagnetic connection takes place through an air gap – a low-maintenance and wear-free process.
  • Contactless energy transfer is emission-free and resistant to contamination from external sources.
  • The simple operating principle offers significant practical benefits in system operation.
  • Complex, cumbersome cable carrier and conductor rail systems and fixed floor installations are a thing of the past.

Safe disconnection

Safe disconnection of the power supply

To prevent people from being affected by invisible electromagnetic fields, our MOVITRANS® technology benefits from the unique "SAFS" safety function. This abbreviation stands for Safe AC Field Stop (AC = alternating current). This can be used advantageously, for example, when the line cable is not in use or for vehicle maintenance purposes.

SAFS ensures the magnetic field is safely deactivated if there is no mobile vehicle for loading on the route or if it is not currently in use. The SAFS function complies with ISO 13849 performance level d (PL d) and the IEC 61800-5-2 standard for drive systems.

Areas of application

Perfect for flexible materials handling – in all kinds of sectors:

  • Floor conveyor systems
  • Electrified monorail systems (EMS)
  • Hoists or shuttles
  • Mobile systems
  • Pallet transfer shuttles
  • Storage and retrieval systems
  • Skillets with elevating tables
  • Conveying systems in logistics centers

Stationary components

System frequency 25 kHz or 50 kHz

TES31A decentralized supply unit

TES31A decentralized supply unit

  • No control cabinet required
  • System frequency 25 kHz:
    Power: 8 kW – 16 kW (up to 45 kW in parallel connection)
  • System frequency 50 kHz:
    Power: 8 kW – 14 kW (up to 28 kW in parallel connection)
  • Line voltage U: 380 V – 500 V +- 10%
  • Degree of protection: IP54
  • All unit connections for inputs and outputs are designed as plug connectors
TCS31A compensation box

TCS31A compensation box

  • Fine adjustment of track inductance with intuitive software support
  • Degree of protection: IP65
Wedge-shaped cable

TLS wedge-shaped cable

  • Can be installed in the floor or on top of it
  • Line cable with a specific wedge-shaped design, suitable for currents of up to 60 A
  • Cross section: 3 × 3 mm2 up to 60 A
  • The wedge-shaped cable is pressed into the sawn recesses along the route.
Round cable

TLS round cable

  • Medium-frequency cable with double cable jacket for floor routing
  • Cross section:
    • 2 x 8 mm2 up to 60 A
    • 25 mm2 up to 60 A or up to 85 A
    • 41 mm2 for 85 A
  • Round cables are placed in grooves and sealed with a potting compound.

Mobile components

THM90E pick-up

TDM90E pick-up

  • With direct voltage output and energy storage unit
  • 1.4 kW / 350 V DC
  • Series and parallel connection possible
  • Degree of protection: IP65
  • Also suitable for outdoor use down to -25 °C
EKV energy storage unit (MOVI‑DPS® energy and peak load storage solutions)

MOVI‑DPS® (Drive Power Solution) EKV energy storage unit

  • Storage unit
  • Energy storage or peak load buffering using double-layer capacitors
  • Fast and direct energy intake and energy release
  • High number of charging cycles possible
  • Storage modules with 100-F or 350-F cells can be connected.
  • Additional signal cable can be connected to monitor storage voltage and temperature.
THM10E flat pick-up

THM10E flat pick-up

  • Power: 1.5 kW
  • Degree of protection: IP65
  • Also suitable for outdoor use down to -25 °C
THM10C U-shaped pick-up

THM10C U-shaped pick-up

  • Nominal power: 0.8 kW
  • Peak power: 0.9 kW
  • Degree of protection: IP65
  • Also suitable for use down to 0 °C
TPM12B mobile converter

TPM12B mobile converter

  • Nominal output power:
    • When four THM10C units are connected: max. 3.6 kW
    • When two THM10E units are connected: max. 3.0 kW
  • Output voltage: 500 V DC
  • Additional output voltage: 24 V, max. 2 A
  • Degree of protection: IP65
  • Also suitable for outdoor use down to -25 °C

Certifications, conformity

For all MOVITRANS® line components listed:

  • CE (Europe)
  • EAC (Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia)
  • UL approval (USA and Canada)
  • UKCA (Great Britain)

All in all, the MOVITRANS® decentralized contactless energy transfer system is your ideal choice if you want to keep your costs low and boost your productivity:

  • Reduce installation and startup times due to easy handling and the unnecessity of control cabinet installations
  • Considerably reduce your investment costs since you can reuse most parts of your existing components if your factory and the system design are changing. And there is no need for new investments.
  • Save costs due to the high energy efficiency: The combination of the latest component technologies and short power distribution distances for line or selective charging ensure highly efficient plant operation
  • Sustainably minimize your maintenance efforts as MOVITRANS® increases the plant availability.

Last but not least, using our MOVITOOLS® MotionStudio engineering software makes startup and operation of the decentralized and contactless MOVITRANS® technology extremely simple.

The benefits for you

  • Flexible routing

    This is possible thanks to an innovative system with a wedge-shaped cable design that is easy to adapt without much effort, whenever required.
  • Easy adaptation

    With its modular system, MOVITRANS® line can be easily adapted to modifications and changing system tasks.
  • Increased productivity

    MOVITRANS® line combines maximum system reliability with wear-free and low-maintenance operation.
  • Reduced investment costs

    Existing components can be put to versatile use and adapt to the system layout.
  • Lower operating costs and higher energy efficiency

    MOVITRANS® line is easy to use, minimizes maintenance outlay in the long term and is highly efficient thanks to the latest component technologies.

System features

MOVITRANS® comprises both stationary and mobile system components. These can be integrated into existing automation systems quickly and easily:

  • For routing the line cable in the floor, the flat pick-up is used.
  • The air gap between the line cable and the pick-up can be up to 20 mm. This enables high transmission power even in situations where the pick-up does not always occur at a constant distance above the line cable.
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You do not need a control cabinet



Energy is supplied dynamically during travel via lines routed in the floor


Energy is supplied in a stationary manner at a breakpoint via a field plate installed in the floor (selective charging)



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    TES decentralized supply unit
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    Line cable via TLS medium-frequency cable
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    TFS field plate
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Tobias Nittel, product manager for decentralized drive technology at SEW‑EURODRIVE:

"The MOVI-C® modular automation system gives customers the option to implement their application both with inverters in a control cabinet and with drive electronics that are either located close to the motor or integrated into it. What's more, they can do so without noticing any differences in terms of project planning, handling and performance. An essential part of the platform is the digital motor integration. This supports automatic drive train startup and also ensures that various sensor signals can be transmitted from the motor to the electronics without requiring any additional installation work."

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Contactless energy transfer simply explained by Dr. H. Krattenmacher, Managing Director Innovation Mechatronics


Contactless energy transfer simply explained by Dr. H. Krattenmacher, Managing Director Innovation Mechatronics

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