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Controllers share code, allowing OEMs to scale machines

26 February, 2024

A new small controller from Lenze (the c430) offers basic motion control for compact machines and uses the same code as other members of its latest generation of controllers (the c520 and c550), allowing machine-builders to switch between without sacrificing any code. This makes it possible for them to automate their machines in a much more targeted and efficient way and to scale up (or down) performance if necessary. Prefabricated software modules can reduce time-to-market.

“Many machine-builders do not need high-performance systems in every case, or the requirements only grow over the years,” points out Lenze product manager, Andreas Werner. He sees applications for the new controllers in areas such as packaging (wrapping and strapping), paper (crosscutting) and textiles (winding, spinning). They support EtherCat, OPC UA and Profinet.

Like other Lenze controllers, the c430 supports Fast UI runtime and allows designers to use the Easy UI engineering tool to develop machine visualisations using Web-based techniques. Lenze has expanded its portfolio with new Web panels that can be used in the field as well as in control cabinets.

The new controllers form the basis for an open automation system, from the field level to the cloud. Ready-to-use software modules from Lenze’s Fast application framework can be used, as well as templates and applications that enable customisation while reducing development times. With applications at the edge, additional functions can be added to machines, enabling condition monitoring and process optimisation, for example.

Lenze’s latest generation of controls use the same code as each other, making migration easy

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