Easy engineering – Lenze has been the pioneer in this field for years. At last year’s sps ipc drives in Nuremberg, the specialist in Motion Centric Automation exhibited its latest solutions in software engineering and mechatronics, solutions that make it as easy as possible to implement machine tasks reliably while at the same time significantly reducing engineering time and effort. The highlights at the company’s booth included new software modules for robotics to supplement the well established Lenze FAST application software toolbox, a new kind of multi-touch operating system for machine visualisation, and mechatronic drive packages for material-handling technology.
Lenze is a leader in the technology of standardised, re-usable modular software components. The latest addition to the company’s long established FAST application software toolbox is a set of completely ready-made robotics modules. These modules make it remarkably easy to integrate the kinematics into the overall automation system and to implement their motion functions. They consist of technology modules for pick-and-place motion functions and the corresponding coordinate transformation for different kinematics, based on PLCopen Part 4. This greatly simplifies engineering and support.
Both innovative and user-friendly, the new multitouch-based operating system for the visualisation makes it easy to operate and monitor machines. The system boasts an impressive ergonomic multitouch operating unit, familiar to us from the daily use of smartphones and tablets. It represents a successful combination of the most up-to-date hardware, innovative software and an ergonomic operating concept.
Lenze’s integrated, decentralised drive packages have been specially designed to meet the requirements of horizontal material-handling technology. One example is the combination of the Lenze Smart Motor and the g500 range of gearboxes, which merges the simplicity of a mains-operated motor with the advantages of an electronic control. The electronics and the software are integrated into the drive and they form a unit with the machine. The advantage is that the motor speed is converted intelligently and precisely into torque. In order to avoid over-dimensioning, the starting torque is much higher.
For the preview of the technology of tomorrow, Lenze has produced the prototype of an innovative power regeneration concept. This new regenerative power supply unit is compact, lightweight, and easy to handle. It separates the supply and the regeneration of power so that the two functions can be designed separately and dimensioned differently. This will provide customers with solutions that are space-saving and economical. Also, the unit can be easily retrofittted to existing machines and it boasts an impressive efficiency rate of around 98 per cent. This opens up completely new perspectives in the field of power regeneration.
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