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Smartphone app sets drive parameters remotely

09 June, 2016

Lenze’s compact i500 drives, which the company launched at the SPS IPC Drives show in Germany in late 2015, can now be accessed from a smartphone to perform diagnostics and parameter setting. At the recent Hannover Fair, Lenze also announced an extension of the drive's top power ratings from 45 to 75kW (with 110kW in the pipeline), as well as communications modules for EtherCat, Ethernet/IP and Profinet.

Using a free Android app and a new WLAN module, users can perform remote adjustments and diagnostics. This is expected to be particularly useful for awkwardly located or moving drives. The entire i500 parameter set can be downloaded and emailed to Lenze or the machine designer for analysis. The WLAN module can also communicate with PCs.

At Hannover, Lenze was also demonstrating a smartphone app for choosing motor speeds and gearbox torque ratings for its smart geared motors used in roller and chain conveyor applications.

Users of Lenze's i500 drives can now set parameters and perform diagnostics via a smartphone

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