The digital twin is at the heart of the industry of the future. Used correctly, it provides the transparency needed to build and operate machines more efficiently and sustainably. This significantly reduces the industry's carbon footprint. If highly efficient drive solutions are also used, it becomes even more resource-efficient.
Digitalisation offers enormous potential to develop, build and operate machines and plants more efficiently and sustainably than before. The means to this end is the digital twin in the form of a cross-manufacturer management shell. It creates the necessary transparency about products and processes, which can be used to reduce energy consumption, conserve resources and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
At the trade fair, Lenze will be demonstrating how the digital twin makes engineering more sustainable throughout the entire product life cycle and how data exchange can be implemented in value chains and B2B processes. Lenze's new design tool, the Easy System Designer, facilitates the precise planning of both drive and automation solutions. It creates the first digital twin in the form of the interoperable management shell, which bundles product information in addition to the design and is a forerunner of the digital product port (DPP). Lenze also shows the first Product Carbon Footprints (PCF) for the products here.
During operation, the drives provide essential actual data, which the Lenze Drives Data Hub can then make available very easily for IOT solutions. These make energy consumption and utilisation transparent and can be used retrospectively in simulations to determine the distribution of losses and enable optimised plant design.
The end result is complete, transparent, interoperable and traceable documentation across the entire engineering process - from the design to the disposal of a machine. It helps to implement effective measures for more sustainability and responsible use of resources, while at the same time increasing efficiency.
Innovative converter concept juggles balls
Another boost in the direction of resource conservation comes from the use of innovative, highly efficient drive solutions. With the new type of inverter, which is based on low-loss, fast-switching power semiconductors (SiC) and in which the motor filter is integrated, losses in the drive train can be reduced by up to 15%. Thanks to the integrated motor filter, no EMC interference occurs at the inverter output, so unshielded motor cables of any length can be used. This minimises costs and installation effort - ideal for applications with long motor cables or for retrofitting motors that are not suitable for inverter operation.
This can be seen at the Hanover Fair in an impressive exhibit that is worth a visit in itself: the Lenze Jonglator.