Lenze automates well over 1,000 engineering projects every year. In every single project, we remain true to our credo that "the best machines and production facilities around the world use Lenze". Our objective is nothing less than to be an international pacesetter in factory automation and to help shape the digital transformation of our customers' businesses.
Lenze has been a technology partner for the machine-building industry for the last 70 years. Open, intensive cooperation makes it possible to create the right intelligent automation solutions to meet the needs and demands of customers from different sectors of the industry.
We are dedicated to meeting the needs of our customers by offering a value package that incorporates the "brainware" of our employees: our technology expertise and consulting competence and our many years of experience in the sector. Our application and software developers work in a team with our customers' developers to create new ideas and solutions – solutions that make machines more efficient and competitive and as a result also make our customers more successful in the market. This works well because Lenze is one of the few suppliers in the market who is involved with the entire development process of a machine – from the initial idea to commissioning and aftersales. And all of the components come from a single source. Our core business includes mechatronic products and automation systems based on scalable hardware and modular software. We also offer digital solutions and services to our Industry 4.0 customers and those getting started with the Internet of Things (IoT). We have a keen interest in solutions affecting the future, such as variant management, remote and predictive maintenance, big data management, analytics, virtual reality and the digital development process – particularly the development of the digital twin. Our goal is to make these complex topics as simple as possible for our customers and to make the development of future-proof machines as efficient as possible. It is what we call Intuitive Automation.
Since 2016, Lenze's product portfolio has relied on a platform strategy that is also widely used in the automotive industry. Before we set out to develop a new product, we ask ourselves: what does the customer actually need? We then develop a basic model that covers all the essential functions. Anything that is superfluous, we leave out. This takes simplicity to a new level, because it means that the customer really does get what he needs and will actually use. If required, we can of course provide additional hardware and software features in the form of modules. This standardisation helps us to gain extra engineering capacity that we can use to meet special customer requirements or to adapt products more quickly to regional specifications. This strategy was first successfully implemented with the i500 frequency inverter, which is used for conveyor, traction, tool and winding drives and a wide range of other machine applications. We applied the same strategy to the latest module in our integrated automation platform, the i950 servo inverter, which Lenze launched at the Hannover Industrial Trade Fair in 2018.
The Lenze Automation Platform demonstrates Lenze's end-to-end solution expertise at all levels of an overall system. And by using a modular, platform-based and open approach, Lenze can very efficiently meet the diverse needs and requirements of customers for intelligent automation.
Machine concepts can be implemented with little effort and as an investment with long-term viability using the standard modules in our FAST application software toolbox. These employ standardised protocols and interfaces as a matter of course. The toolbox safeguards the long-term compatibility of the components – even in the age of cloud computing. And those who take the next step with us will be able to generate information or, better still, knowledge from their data. Used intelligently, this will increase the productivity and reliability of our customers' machines and systems.
Anyone wanting to preview the digital future mechanical engineering should pay a visit to Bremen, Germany: In the Horn-Lehe district, close to the University and Technology Park, the future is now not just being imagined but created. Surrounded by everything from start-ups to Big Technology firms, over 200 tech-savvy employees from encoway, logicline and Lenze are now working here on digital business models for Industry 4.0.
The roots of our family business are in Hameln in Lower Saxony and in Extertal in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Nowadays, our domestic market is the whole of Europe, where we generate around three quarters of our sales. North America and Asia are important growth regions for us. Thanks to a network of production and logistics sites in Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Poland, India, China and the USA, we have a global presence that enables us to ensure availability and fast delivery worldwide. After all, there are machines and systems equipped with our automation technology in use all over the world. We also have sales and service support centres providing reliable support in over 60 countries. Our 3,700 employees work together in international teams right across our global network to produce and deliver high-quality solutions.
We have extensive experience of our five strategically important industries: automotive, consumer goods, converting and printing, intralogistics and textiles. In these industries, where achieving successful automation has always been a serious challenge, our company has developed countless products and solutions throughout our 70-year history. Solutions that make it as easy as possible for our customers to develop machines, to speed up their work processes and to make a success of their businesses. This approach has earned Lenze an excellent reputation for technological prowess as well as for its sales and engineering expertise. Our products and systems regularly set new standards. Below are some current examples.