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Lenze is a leading German company in the production of motion equipment and additional devices.
Hans Lenze (1890-1963) in 1936 headed the trading company Mannesmann Export. He bought another one trading company Stahlkontor Weser GmbH in 1947. After this merges, the history of the Lenze Group began.
The company started to work in field of manufacturing mechanical drives (producing goods under license) in 1948. At the beginning of its journey, its management decided to follow the path of innovation. And already in 1952 at the industrial exhibition in Hanover the first Lenze own products was presented.
Next few decades have been marked by a continuous growth of products amount. The manufacturer created a new gear motor in 1958, and ten years later, the development of the first electronic drive controllers began. The company embarked on the area of production automation in 1973 (was released the first frequency converter to control a three-phase motor) and since then it has continuously followed this path.
In new millennium, the company also keeps up to date and already in 2000 Lenze encodway was founded. It started development of software for own products. Since then, the Lenze Group has continuously followed the path of innovation according to the new demands of industry.
Today Lenze is a large concern, which combines 52 trading companies, located on all continents. Its logistic centers are also present in Europe, Asia and USA. Here are the most famous companies of Lenze Gruppe:
- Lenze GmbH & Co KG
- Simplatroll Ltd
- Lenze U.K. Limited
- Lenze Motori Riduttori S.r.l.
- Lenze Automation GmbH
- Lenze Operations Gmbh
- Lenze Ltd
- Encoway GmbH
The concern subsidiaries and representative offices are located in 60 countries (Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Russia etc.). Lenze distributors increase this list up to 200.
The company spends a huge part of its revenue on researches and innovations. From a staff of 3,700 people, a tenth of employees is involved in work in R&D departments.
Lenze has created three separate categories for a more precise classification of its product. These categories are divided by control principle.
Basic-Line is a movement equipment for motion control that is operated by time or events.
State-Line are devices that are controlled by speed and torque.
High-Line is a family of equipment controlled by position of an object (for moving along several axes).
The company produces a wide range of industrial equipment in the field of mechanical drives and motors.
The main Lenze products today are:
- Frequency inverters
- Electric Motors
- Smart Products
Controls category includes industrial PCs, a wide range of controllers, I/O systems, monitors, and additional devices for them. The main purpose of this equipment is to fully automate a production process, control and visualize these operations.
Frequency inverters is a necessary solution for optimal operation with electric motors. These devices perform controls in open-loop and closed-loop systems. Such category is divided into two groups depending on installation type: direct or wall mounting and versions for industrial cabinets.
Motors are a key part of almost any production. The main feature of Lenze electric motors is their reliability and excellent flexibility for integration into industrial systems. The manufacturer produces three types of motors: Servo (synchronous and asynchronous), 3-phase AC (inverter-operated) and Main operated 3-phase motors.
Gearboxes is a great solution to improve motor efficiency. This is a mechanical device to increase the output torque or to quickly change the speed. Lenze Gearboxes are sturdy and reliable devices that significantly improve performance and efficiency of motion systems. The manufacturer releases axial gearboxes and right-angle ones.
Smart Products category includes devices for working with both chain and roller conveyors. To connect them, you just need to select the type of equipment, the desired version and payload values.
Lenze software is a wide list of programs that improve and simplify the work with automated processes. The company produces the EASY engineering tool with several types of licenses. There is a free version EASY Essentials and paid but more flexible programs with advanced settings (EASY Advanced and Professional).
The company also continues to actively manufacture and service parts for previous series.
Summing up, we can confidently say that Lenze pays special attention to quality of its products. The company does not have a huge range of items that allows it to efficiently improving its equipment.