Those wishing to develop the best machines and systems not only need scalable hardware components and an appropriate modular software framework. They also need the necessary expertise for future-proof concepts and a range of tools tailored to the challenges of the digital transformation. Lenze, a specialist in machine automation with 70 years of experience, is demonstrating how it can support its partners today and tomorrow with its automation platform including tools and expert knowledge under the motto "Intuitive Automation".
What will the factory of tomorrow look like? And what requirements will the machines have to meet – machines that are already being built today? These are the central questions that Lenze is focusing on at this year's exhibition appearance in Nuremberg. The Hamelin-based manufacturer will be presenting innovative control and drive technology, complete automation solutions and prototypes of the latest tools to enable an efficient engineering process at sps ipc drives from November 27th to 29th, 2018.
Digitalization and networking must be expanded for applications in the areas of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Data consistency is an essential prerequisite for this. Open interfaces, the use of uniform information models within the framework of the administration shell and the use of multi-vendor standards such as OPC UA, MQTT and OMAC/PackML form the basis for Lenze's automation platform. The manufacturer offers everything for comprehensive Industry 4.0 and IIoT solutions with a combination of scalable hardware, modular, integrated software and the corresponding networking, as well as the possibility of creating individual applications for customers through Lenze's digitalisation subsidiaries encoway and logicline.
From the shop floor to the cloud
Partners and customers of Lenze can already implement integrated data transmission from production to the cloud. Yet networking alone is by no means enough – it is only when the data is used in a meaningful way that it creates added value. For OEMs, this means developing service models based on data, rethinking their business processes and advising customers on how they can benefit from Industry 4.0 and IIoT.
Lenze also supports its partners in this respect. The manufacturer is driving digital transformation in the value chain through topic-specific whitepapers and experts who share their knowledge with the OEMs. How does the digital challenge affect the business models? How can digital engineering play a role in reducing time and costs? What must be heeded when it comes to cybersecurity in the context of IIoT? And how can software development be placed on a new footing? Providing OEMs with answers to such questions – the brainware – is just as important to Lenze as supplying hardware and software.
The crux of the matter: Integrated tool chain
It is digital engineering, however, that still particularly suffers from a lack of integrated tools. This is where Lenze is stepping in and where it is currently developing an extensive range of tools that will make it possible to use the information of the digital twin across all stages of the lifecycle. The manufacturer also wants to use the trade fair, which is held under the motto "Smart and Digital Automation", to demonstrate and discuss the current state of development in digital engineering with its customers. This allows the development of the tools to be closely aligned with the market so that they can become as self-explanatory as possible – in other words, intuitive. Lenze is thereby positioning itself as a viable provider of machine automation and IIoT solutions for the future and is assuming a leading role in the digitalization of industry.
Lenze's main stand will be located in Hall 1, Stand 1-360. Together with its subsidiaries encoway and logicline Lenze will show digital services and customer-specific application development in Hall 6, Stand 6-236.
Lenze is a leading automation company for mechanical engineering. With 70 years of experience in providing solutions, Lenze is a strong partner that stands side by side with its customers. The company portfolio includes high-quality mechatronic products and packages, efficient systems consisting of hardware and software for machine automation and digitisation services in the areas of big data management, cloud and mobile solutions as well as software within the context of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Lenze employs around 3,500 people worldwide and is represented in more than 60 countries. As part of its growth strategy, Lenze intends to continue investing strongly in Industry 4.0 sectors in the upcoming years – with the aim of further increasing revenues and profitability.
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