Developing the best machines – today and tomorrow

Those wishing to develop flexible and powerful machines for the Smart Factory not only need scalable hardware components and a suitable 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. Under the claim "Converting goes blue", Lenze shows how it supports its partners today and tomorrow with an integrated and scalable automation platform including tools and expert knowledge. With more than 70 years of experience, the specialist for machine automation has extensive industry know-how and has set itself the goal of packaging complicated things in such a way that they appear simple and can be controlled. In this way, machine builders can easily meet the increasingly complex requirements for shorter time-to-market, maximum flexibility and batch size 1.

At ICE Europe from 12 to 14 March 2019, the Hamelin-based manufacturer will be presenting innovative control and drive technology, complete automation solutions and prototypes of new tools for an efficient engineering process in Hall A5, Stand 1564.

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. As the world's leading exhibition for materials such as paper, film, foil and nonwovens, the ICE europe established itself as the central meeting point for the international converting industry. 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.