Lenze Makes Packaging Control Automation and Robotics Easy

Integrated drive solutions and engineering software deliver superior value and performance in real-world packaging machine applications

UXBRIDGE, MA - November 16, 2015 - 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 dowin 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 provides reliable drives and motors for roller, belt, screw, ejector and circular conveyors. Constant speeds for bulk materials are achieved using geared motors. Inverter drives adapt conveyor speeds for a dynamic flow of goods. Lenze drives deliver precision tension control for winding and unwinding machine processes. Rotary and linear positioning drives are ideal for packaging tasks that require moving goods to defined target positions. Suitable for overhead and gantry cranes and storage and retrieval units, traveling drives are equipped for moving payloads on a horizontal or inclined level. Lenze fully dynamic electronic cams convert linear position information into cam-shaped motion profiles. A path-controlled profile generator allows for smooth, low impact motions in non-linear movements to increase productivity and improve dynamic performance.

Easy Drive Solution Dimensioning (DSD) is just one of the practical engineering tools in the Lenze suite of FAST Application Software that spans the packaging machine lifecycle. DSD makes sophisticated and complex dimensioning expertise available in an easily comprehensible way. Designed to reduce packaging machine development time and turnkey system integration, Lenze FAST Application Software modules and templates make it easier to develop robots and other modular mechanical control. The newest FAST programming modules bring easy robot kinematics and multi-axis coordination to gantry pick-and-place applications in packaging.

"New supply chain models and shorter production cycles require packaging solutions that are more agile and flexible than ever before. Lenze delivers superior value through our integrated product portfolio and powerful design tools based on real-world packaging requirements," adds Burns.

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Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004" allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts. After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations. Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in 2009, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.