Lenze Makes Packaging Control Automation & Robotics Easy

Lenze, a global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, is committed to helping the packaging industry meet demand for integrated automation and robotics motor drive solutions.  Designed to simplify control automation in modern packaging line operations, Lenze drive solutions serve a range of applications, including conveyor belts, pick-and-place robots, forming, box erectors, side- and top-loader filling and sealing machinery, and carton palletizing.

“Lenze brings over six decades of experience developing innovative motor drive solutions for packaging,” states Doug Burns, director of business development, Lenze.  “Customers know they can trust our high-performing, economical solutions to deliver precision control from the drive shaft to the control system to advanced visualization systems.“

Today’s machine builders for packaging operations are on the forefront of automation.  Bottom-line machine costs come down to the drive shaft, gearing and motor, inverter or servo drive.  Robots are increasingly common in the packaging industry, which creates additional challenges to integrate the control system or individual kinematics into the automation system.  Lenze modular automation systems for centralized controller-based and decentralized drive-based platforms utilize EtherCAT, PLCopen and other industry standards to simplify machine integration into packaging automation topologies.  Featuring a practical engineering approach, Lenze guides customers in the design, selection of components and implementation of a packaging machine or automation architecture.



Lenze introduces their NEW i500 Inverter Series

 Lenze, a global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, announced today the launch of its new line of fully scalable i500 frequency inverters.

The functions and power of the new range of i500 frequency inverters can be tailored to virtually any machine application and industrial environment.  Compliant with efficiency class IE2, Lenze i500 inverters feature a slim design and peak energy efficiency in the 0.33 to 60 Hp (0.25 to 45 kW) power range.

“Lenze set out to bundle cutting edge control technologies into a customizable IE2-compliant package for machine builders,” according to Darrow Hanesian, director of product management, Lenze.  “All of the i500 components are stringently designed for optimal energy efficiency, which boosts the value for machine builders by increasing power density while allowing for a smaller design.”

The compact, modular Lenze i500 frequency inverter features a lower housing depth along with a sophisticated cooling system to reduce heat losses and allow side-by-side installation with minimal wiring in a smaller control cabinet. Inverters for control cabinet installation feature IP20 and IP31-rated protection.

Delivering functional scalability and integrated safety, the Lenze i500 power section is structurally separate from the control unit, and contains different forms of field bus communication, including Ethernet, multiple I/O interfaces, and plug options for a keypad, a USB interface or a wireless LAN module.  These interfaces provide users with greater flexibility and ease of commissioning, parameter setting, maintenance and diagnostics.  The wireless LAN module can communicate with a PC or via a smart phone keypad application.

“Experience shows that each customer’s application is unique.  Our new Lenze i500 frequency inverters are structured and built to give machine builders the ultimate in energy savings, integration and design flexibility to specify precisely the features they need,” adds Hanesian.


Lenze Smart Motor - A single motor for many applications.

New freedom in motion for engineers. The Lenze Smart Motor reduces the number of different drive versions by up to 70%. This motor works without contactor and starter, fixed speeds can be set at will and there are numerous integrated functions for materials handling applications.

Furthermore, the Lenze Smart Motor meets the highest requirements of energy efficiency and can be operated very conveniently using a smartphone.


  • Freely adjustable speed reduces the number of different drives

  • Integrated soft start function

  • Less wiring thanks to electronic contactor and motor protection function

  • Outstanding energy efficiency

  • Can be operated by an NFC-capable smartphone and Lenze app

Senior Motion Control Editor Miles Budimir talks about the M300 smart motor from Lenze, and demonstrates the programmable output set speeds. For more videos, visit http://videos.designworldonline.com

Lenze Gearboxes - Robust Powerhouses

Lenze gearboxes and geared motors can be used in a wide variety of applications and are functionally scalable. Thanks to their modular design and high power density, extremely compact types of construction are possible.

The range of products includes industrial geared motors in the power range up to 45 kW, which can easily be adapted to the necessary process parameters thanks to finely graduated gear transmission ratios. The high level of efficiency of Lenze gearboxes and motors ensure an optimized drive package that meets very high requirements.


Lenze 8400 Topline Inverters - The inverter with servo qualities.

The 8400 TopLine offers the maximum level of functionality and optimum drive behavior within the 8400 series, providing precisely tailored solutions. Furthermore, TopLine represents a cost-effective solution for speed-controlled and position-controlled applications, as well as synchronized and  positioning applications.


• Servo control of synchronous and asynchronous servo motors
• Integrated resolver input supports the standard feedback of Lenze servo motors
• Multiple encoder input extends the range of potential applications – including absolute position measurement systems
• Electrical shafts and electronic gearboxes can be implemented using the integrated axis bus

Typical applications include handling and positioning systems, as well as travelling drives and hoist drives in the most diverse of application areas. The integrated axis bus is also designed for synchronizing drive axes, e. g. when processing material webs.

For additional details, visit the Lenze website.

Lenze AC Tech

Leading global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, Lenze Americas recently introduced its innovative Smart Motor designed for applications ranging from material handling to packaging automation. This product uniquely  blends the simplicity of a conventional AC motor with electronic drive control technology.

"In a complex world of motors, Smart Motor keeps it simple," states Robert Gradischnig, electro-mechanical business development manager, Lenze Americas. "The Smart Motor gives packaging customers the power and freedom they want in motion control, with freely adjustable speeds, programmable I/O and integrated functions for conveying needs. Fully programmable from a smart phone, the Smart Motor makes commissioning and diagnosis easier than ever."

Offering a highly versatile and powerful package, the Smart Motor delivers maximum standardization-drastically reducing (by up to 70 percent) the number of different motor variations customers might otherwise need. Equipped with control intelligence in the terminal box, the Smart Motor provides design flexibility for speeds from 500 to 2,600 rpm, while maintaining constant torque. The easy-to-install motor enables mains and starter applications to be handled with greater ease than with conventional motors.