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Lenze Equips Popular Drive Solutions with Powerful Ethernet/IP Communication Module

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AC Technology Corp.
630 Douglas St.
Uxbridge, MA, 01569 2001

Press release date: January 21, 2013

Decentralized frequency inverters 8400 protec and motec and central inverter 8400 TopLine drives now available with optional high-speed Ethernet/IP fieldbus interface

UXBRIDGE, MA - Leading global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, Lenze Americas (PROMAT Booth #1763), recently released an Ethernet/IP communication module available as an option on its 8400 StateLine, HighLine and TopLine control cabinet devices, in addition to the Lenze 8400 motec and protec decentralized frequency inverters. Featuring dual-port technology and an external 24V back-up supply, the easy to install fieldbus interface allows communication via Ethernet/IP enabled control systems.

"The powerful modules establish a direct connection between our most popular drive solutions and the world of Ethernet," states Craig Dahlquist, automation product leader, Lenze Americas. "The Ethernet/IP communication protocol ensures our customers simple commissioning and high-speed control processing."

Lenze's 8400 series features L-Force automation technology for tailored motion control solutions that deliver stable and high dynamic performance. Sophisticated decentralized 8400 protec and motec inverter drives offer power dense, energy efficient solutions for motion control at the source. The compact IP66 inverters are widely used in printing machines, automotive plants and intralogistics operations. Lenze 8400 StateLine, HighLine and TopLine inverters for control cabinet installation feature IP20 and IP31 protection and a space saving design for manufacturing, material handling and intralogistics applications.

The new Ethernet/IP module interfaces seamlessly with the Lenze sequence control to expand device range and positioning procedures. Included in the 8400 TopLine drive, the sequencer allows up to 100 actions for automatic execution of positioning, which can be parameterized directly in the inverter. The 8400 TopLine can perform the same type of flexible positioning control that typically requires programming into a program logic controller (PLC). This includes waiting times, counters or branches, which can be influenced using external sensor technology or the inverter's internal signals.

An integrated oscilloscope function simplifies commissioning, maintenance and troubleshooting. Signal scanning and recording within the drive can be performed in one millisecond. The oscilloscope presents recorded signals with an adjustable time base from 5ms to 1s simultaneously for up to eight channels. Pre-triggers and post-triggers allow users to hone in on the desired measured data. Lenze's L-Force Engineer PC software tool with a convenient user display can quickly process and analyze measured data.

"Lenze's total integration approach lightens the load on the PLC. Equipped with a simple plug-in Ethernet/IP module, the 8400 drive can almost instantaneously execute consecutive, independent and precision positions," adds Dahlquist.

In addition to the Ethernet/IP communication module, Lenze offers other optional network protocols, including CANopen, DeviceNet, Profibus and Modbus. To learn more about Ethernet/IP communication modules and other Lenze drive solutions for industry visit

About Lenze Americas
Lenze is a global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology. Our products can be found in many industries, including automotive, packaging, material handling and logistics, robotics, and commercial equipment (pumps/fans). A global network of distributors and representatives makes Lenze Americas perfectly positioned to meet the motion control needs of customers worldwide. Lenze Americas, the American subsidiary of Lenze SE of Germany, is headquartered in Uxbridge, Massachusetts; corporate global headquarters are in Hamelin, Germany. Lenze Americas can be found online at

Lenze Americas
Susan Duval
Marketing and Communications Manager
(508) 278-9100

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