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Restricted Firmware included

In order to be compliant with recent changes in EU Dual-Use regulation, the servo drive products have been updated by means of mandatory firmware update to limit output frequency operation to a maximum of 550 Hz to remove Dual-Use classification. All previous versions of firmware are classified as ‘dual-use’.

Older installation packages of Mint WorkBench and WorkBench v5 included firmware that is now classified as Dual-Use. These installation packages are no longer available to download.

What is the functional impact of this change?

The current release of Mint WorkBench can be used in place of older installation packages. All build 55xx, 56xx, 57xx and 58xx ActiveX controls are included in the installation.

For 50xx, 51xx and 52xx ActiveX controls, contact technical support.

Older installation packages may be available with appropriate export license controls in place.

Use of a previous version of firmware in customer possession

If you have previous versions of firmware in your possession as included in an older installation package and require the use of that firmware you will need to have:

   Written permission from ABB Motion to use a specific version of firmware
  Export control management and licenses as required to meet the regulation for each country and customer
  You will be responsible for meeting the export regulation control requirements

You should not distribute older installation packages of Mint WorkBench or WorkBench v5.

Export license requirements for Dual-Use (older firmware versions)

Drives which are capable of exceeding 600Hz are classed as ‘Dual-Use’. An Export License is needed regardless of the delivery method or price. The license is also needed when dual-use goods are given free of charge.

The Export License is not needed when exporting to United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, Norway, Australia, Japan or a country that is a member of European Union.

Data needed when applying an Export License:

   Delivery address
  End use (industry and application)
  End user statement (see Appendix I)
  Copy of sales contract

More information on the regulation

An overview of the export control regulation can be found here.

Link to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1382/2014 of 22 October 2014 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 (published in the Official Journal of the European Union on the 30.12.2014).