21/11/2017 - AUTOMATION: THE LATEST INNOVATIONS AT SPS IN NUREMBERG
For three days Lafert will be exhibiting at SPS IPC Drives Nuremberg, from 28 – 30 November, this leading European trade fair for industrial automation technology will be open to exhibit components to complete systems but also integrated automation solutions.
"During the SPS show - says Stefano Dessanti, Sales Manager of the Industrial Automation BU – Lafert will be displaying their new compact servo motors, with torque values 0.18 to 46 Nm, designed to ensure high performance even in challenging applications; also an update of the servo motor with the best performance of power output (80 kW), already showcased during last years exhibition, but now has increased speed up to 2500 and 3000 rpm. Hence, there will be a greater focus on high power applications for high dynamics. In addition, our HP range of permanent magnet synchronous motors, with IE4/IE5 efficiency levels, specifically optimised for HVAC applications”.
"The main application areas that Lafert are working in are collaborative robots and machine tools, packaging and printing and mould injection including handling. But our goal - continues Dessanti - is to have the most comprehensive range to meet the needs of our OEM and system integrator partners, while having a flexible base for the implementation of custom projects. Lafert’s flexibility of supply is not only a long term strategy but a key feature that allows us to develop products together with our clients. This focus on co-engineering is growing, especially in Germany, Turkey, Italy and China."
"SPS 2017 will be an opportunity for us to identify market trends and to discuss benefits of Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things - the Sales Manager of the Industrial Automation BU concludes – and all the innovations in the sector."
06/11/2017 - LAFERT: FRONTIERS OPEN IN CANADA
The Canadian frontiers have opened for Lafert as it is now an Approved Exporter.
The CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement), that defines the free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada, came into force on 21st September 2017. So Lafert has extended the Approved Exporter authorisation to Canada, as all components used in the industrial manufacturing process have a guaranteed European origin.
This strengthens Lafert’s ability to bring commercial and administrative benefits to customers and partners in Canada, as well as in some countries that had already signed specific agreements in 2013: Algeria, Chile, South Korea, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Syria, South Africa, Switzerland and Turkey.
This exemplifies two areas of customer appreciated value for Lafert Motors. On one side, our business philosophy to offer customer’s choices on specific materials, quality and production processes, on the other, constant attention to customer’s need for the highest satisfaction-orientated service.
26/10/2017 - IAS 2017: AMONG CUSTOMIZATION AND INNOVATION
The 19th China International Industry Fair - CIIF 2017 is going to be held from 7 to 11 November at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. CIIF 2017 will comprise of nine theme shows under one roof and occupy 280,000 sq. meters of display area. Over 2,500 exhibitors and 160,000 trade visitors are expected to attend the event. In detail, Lafert will join the Industrial Automation Show - IAS that is fully dedicated to Industrial Automation technology. “CIIF is a leading event for manufacturing in China”– says Lafert’s Suzhou Country Sales Manager, Paddy Zhou – “as well as being an important window and platform open for international trade, the fair gives us opportunity to communicate and cooperate on the wider industry”.
Demonstrating the wide Lafert range of Brushless Servo Motors, “Lafert will exhibit the new B160 size up to 390Nm, ideal for high power and dynamic applications such as extrusion, pressing machines and corrugated paper printing” – explains Paddy Zhou. “Additionally, we will present the Lafert ATEX Motors - Zone 2-22 for use in potentially explosive atmospheres”. Also on display the new compact motor series with dedicated mechanical fitting (square flange 40, 60, 80, 130, 180 mm) and special electrical design (230V and 400V). Paddy Zhou comments “This series can satisfy a big range of robots with payloads from 5kg to 450kg”.
“All of these products demonstrate Lafert’s strong customization capability. The full range availability and uniqueness should attract those customers with special requirements for performance, feedback, speed, torque density and inertia. These features also answer the needs of machine builders, who are eager to upgrade their machines from low to high end, while meeting ever more demanding market requirements. We believe,” concludes Paddy Zhou – “Lafert motors help customers to differentiate themselves and therefore establish a competitive advantage over others”.
23/10/2017 - INTERCLIMA 2017: TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AND MADE IN ITALY DESIGN
The international exhibition for Building & Architecture returns on 7 - 10 November to the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre. Divided into three shows, Batimat, Interclima+Elec and Idéobain, with more than 2,600 exhibitors and 354,000 visitors, it will provide a complete overview of the building and architecture sectors, from new materials to tools, innovative technologies to services.
Lafert will present two product ranges dedicated to the HVAC, Pumps and other Building applications. One range is the permanent magnet synchronous HP range of motors, with IE4/IE5 efficiency levels specifically optimised for HVAC applications. The range is from 0.55 kW to 30 kW at variable speed and sensor-less drives, they are available using IPM and SMPM technology. Another range is the Premium Efficiency IE3 motors which, at 50Hz, fulfil the requirements of the new European Directive. In addition, Nema Premium Efficiency Motors at 60Hz, and certified by the US Department of Energy, will also be on display.
“The products creating most interest are certainly those in the HP range", says Patricia Tournier, General Manager of Lafert Moteurs,"they are perfectly suited for the growing sectors of ventilation, pumps and renewable energies, such as wind power. The HP motor range, in fact, allows us to achieve very high performance in many fields of application. For this technology Lafert has long been at the forefront in both design and production, to best meet the needs of our customers. The most interesting must also include Lafert’s new UL-certified AMPH range which was recently selected and included in the much respected publication of the ADI Index Design, which rewards the best in Italian design".
“In an evolving market the need is to supply products that conform to current regulations while developing for the demands of the future” adds Patricia Tournier. She concludes “Lafert is focusing on high quality, high technology, reliability and customer service. These are core values that our customers and partners will always find in Lafert products.”
11/10/2017 - ADI DESIGN INDEX: LAFERT AMONG THE BEST OF ITALIAN MANUFACTURING
The style and functionality of Lafert’s new IE3 Premium Motor has awarded it entry the 2017 ADI Design Index. The ADI Design Index is the annual publication of ADI (Italian Industrial Design association), which brings together a selection of the best in Italian design. It includes products or systems of any sector, theoretical-critical research, process or corporate research applied to design. In addition, published products will compete for the prestigious Golden Compass Award.
“Lafert previously entered into the ADI world in 2012 with the HPI motor range, which then – says Technical Manager Tiziano Rossi – received a further award in 2014 (as part of the same competition) with the Golden Compass special mention.” This year is the turn of the new IE3 Premium Motor which, with the partnership of the Miquadra Industrial Design firm, has been redesigned to further streamline the mechanical, electrical, dimensional and performance aspects of the motor.
“The IE3 Premium asynchronous motor – says Rossi – is the forerunner of a new range of electric motors with extremely high levels of efficiency. The new range meets the demand from users and manufacturers for higher energy-saving levels and also meets with increasingly stringent and binding environmental regulations.”
“Moreover, it positions itself on the market as a component designed totally from performance to operation which makes it the driving heart of existing and future Industry 4.0 machines. With the IE3 Premium Motor – says the Technical Manager – design itself becomes a design process capable of involving the various corporate departments. Plus, the innovation of a highly modular assembly system allows its main components to provide more than 200 configurations and an ability to adapt to any kind of need, thereby offering a custom-made product.”
Studying the full symmetric design of the body (Full Symmetric Body – FSB) enabled us to perform a rotation around the longitudinal and vertical axis and provide the widest range of assembly positions for the terminal box. Plus, a square shape fits perfectly with the general concept.
With a new design of the feet and staggered supports for the screws fastening the end-shields to the stator body, an improved access to the flange fastening screws is provided (Easy Mounting System – EMS). This is now completely unrestricted whilst maintaining the extensive versatility in the positioning of the terminal box. It was essential that the terminal box remained rotatable by 90 degree steps on all four aspects and provide easy access to the cable entries.
Finally, the innovative design of the fan cover is an element that improves the system and gives it a final aesthetic touch. Its structure takes into account the operating requirements associated with the air flow, whilst highlighting the key features of the object. The crucial feature lies in the 4 grooves that connect the cooling vents to the coupling points on the stator body, which adds to its distinctive design.