Ethernet communication without detours

Decentralised drive technology from Lenze now also includes PROFINET and EtherCAT

Hameln/Nuremberg, (PresseBox) - Lenze links its new, decentralised frequency inverter from the 8400 motec inverter drives range to current real-time Ethernet networks. With plug-in interfaces for PROFINET and EtherCAT, it is also now possible to integrate the relatively simple variable speed drives seamlessly into existing, high-performance communications networks. With the rapid spread of PROFINET and EtherCAT in particular, this approach offers major benefits.

The 8400 motec inverter drives have been designed for applications in plants covering large areas, in particular for decentralised drive solutions in the power range between 0.37 and 3 kW. Together with the geared motor, the motec compact motor inverter constitutes a mechatronic unit which, thanks to its robust construction and its high IP 65 protection, can be fitted outside the control panel, directly on or near the motor.

The direct connection to PROFINET and EtherCAT means that it is now easily possible to integrate decentralised Lenze drives into the control system. In comparison with conventional bus systems, which have one data bundle for each separate node, the "interpreter" between the various protocols is omitted here - including the necessary hardware. As a result, the plant automation structures are that bit clearer - while at the same time the total cost of ownership (TCO) is lowered as a result of the leaner architecture and the reduction in hardware.

Lenze SE

As one of the few suppliers in this market, the Lenze Group supports machine manufacturers at every phase of machine building. Its specialised experts work with customers to develop integrated drive and automation solutions, making it easier to design, produce and service the machine. As a machine automation specialist, Lenze offers a wide range of products, from control and display systems, through electrical drives and on to electromechanical devices.

Lenze employs more than 3,000 workers around the world, and is represented in 60 countries through its own distribution companies, development sites and production factories, as well as a network of service partners. The company's headquarters are in Germany, where it has a large research and development department, two production sites and a logistics centre for supplying customers in north-eastern Europe. Engineerng support is provided by a network of about 150 applications engineers working across the whole of Europe.

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