Leading global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, Lenze Americas, announced today that the company won a 2015 Engineers' Choice award, sponsored by Control Engineering. Lenze's Smart Motor product was recognized in the category of motion control.
"Lenze is honored to receive this prestigious award from Control Engineering, a leading publication and voice in the automation industry," said Susan Duval, marketing manager, Lenze. "We are committed to advancing motor control technology, and this prestigious award serves as further validation that our customers and the industry recognize the value of our Smart Motor - which is simple and versatile."
The 28th annual Control Engineering Engineers' Choice award program included 26 categories of control, instrumentation and automation products - the best were chosen by Control Engineering's print and digital audience. The awards competition helps automation professionals learn about solutions and acknowledges the automation industry's continuous improvement to help ensure that manufacturers, machine builders and automation system integrators can achieve agility, efficiency and effectiveness.
Blending the simplicity of a conventional AC motor with electronic drive control technology, Lenze's versatile Smart Motor gives engineering customers the power and freedom they want in motion control, with freely adjustable speeds, programmable I/O and integrated functions for conveying needs. Fully programmable from a smart phone, the Smart Motor makes commissioning and diagnosis easy.
Offering a highly versatile and powerful package, the Smart Motor delivers maximum standardization-drastically reducing (by up to 70 percent) the number of different motor variations customers might otherwise need. Equipped with control intelligence in the terminal box, the Smart Motor provides design flexibility for speeds from 500 to 2,600 rpm while maintaining constant torque. The easy-to-install motor enables mains and starter applications to be handled with greater ease than with conventional motors.
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