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Automation in the most demanding applications

Automation in the most demanding applications Packaging technology is a trailblazer for the automation industry, and many of the latest developments in automation focus specifically on the key issues affecting the packaging sector.

Increasing the efficiency of resources used is right at the top of the agenda, both for manufacturers and operators of packaging machines. To achieve the best possible results here, it is important to take into account the complete lifecycle of a machine, reliably finding and then exploiting potential for optimisation during both the planning and implementation phases of the automation solution. To simplify and speed up this process for machine designers and builders, Lenze has developed software tools which cover the entire lifecycle of a machine, from the initial idea right up to operation. These are tailored specifically to the individual tasks.

Energy efficiency represents a core element of packaging machine design, since it can serve as a criterion for assessing the quality of a specific machine concept (for example, ensuring that no drives that are dimensioned too large) and also have a direct influence on the running costs of the machine. Lenze technologies enable the power consumption of machines to be calculated accurately and in detail in the design phase.

The task of creating software is an important element for designers and developers of new machines, taking up significant time and costs. The new Lenze 'FAST' application software introduces standard pre-configured modules that can be applied easily. These modules cover up to 80% of machine software requirements, and in this area they can cut the programming time by 75%. Fifteen modules cover tasks such as motion (positioning and synchronising), registration, cam profiling, temperature control and multi-conveyor coordination.The use of standardised software modules makes programming easier and faster as developers will quickly become familiar with the program styles. Machine motion and control functions are contained in individual modules which are auto-nomous. They can be chosen, exchanged and tested completely inde-pendently. Available within the Lenze L-force programming environment, the modules are low cost or in some cases free of charge.

Lenze FAST software suits all types of machinery where motion is controlled by frequency inverters or servo drives. As an example, a form, fill and seal packaging machine could take advantage of up to eight modules. These include tension control and registration for the film, cam profile for the fill, temperature control and motion for the seal and product spacing on the conveyor. Each module is self-contained but can be easily integrated with others for a complete solution.

For a typical new machine development with drives, Lenze FAST modules cover up to 80% of the software requirements. Here FAST can reduce the time required by a factor of four, not only reducing costs but also freeing up time for other essential tasks. The consistent software structure helps to reduce errors in programming and makes it practical for Lenze engineers worldwide to help easily with any problems in the field.

A scalable and extensive product portfolio, which covers the entire spectrum from drive shafts, through control systems, all the way up to the visualisation, forms the basis for high efficiency implementation of machine functions. With its practical, real-world 'EASY Machine' demonstration, Lenze will demonstrate how its large product portfolio allows users to first select and then easily and efficiently implement an automation architecture tailored specifically to their requirements - no matter whether drive-based or controller-based.

The matched and closely stepped product portfolio, the software tools based on practical, real-world requirements and an extensive range of services make Lenze the ideal partner for automating packaging machines throughout their entire lifecycle.
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