Lenze is enhancing its global training programme, offering customers everything from basic service training to tailored one-day courses and immersive sessions utilising virtual machines. Its commissioning and application training courses are tailored to the needs of engineers within machine and system manufacturers to help them incorporate the latest drive and automation technologies into their systems.
Mark Turner, Applications Manager at Lenze UK, says: "These courses contain in-depth product detail, and plenty of opportunity for participants to independently extend their programming knowledge." Examples include courses on an introduction to PLC Designer or specific Lenze products, such as the i500 inverter or i700 servo inverter.
One popular course is the one-day workshop on how to apply Lenze's FAST application software toolbox to robotics applications. FAST is a way of incorporating standard technology modules into a program, thereby accelerating the development of machine control software. In this course, delegates learn how to commission a robotic PLC program and adapt it to individual requirements.
In addition, Lenze uses a 'virtual machine' to help delegates better visualise how a particular program or design will work in practice – such as when writing software for a robotics application.
Tuner says: "We don't have a pick-and-place robot on site – but you can plug into our virtual machine and visualise exactly how everything will work. This helps bring the training to life."
Training the easy way
At the same time, Lenze offers a wide range of more basic service training, under the premise of 'training the easy way, the right training for any task'. This is aimed mainly at machine operators and maintenance engineers, helping them run diagnostics and eliminate faults in specific pieces of Lenze drive and automation equipment. 'Supplement Online training courses' are also offered as a supplement, to help improve knowledge and skills on aspects of drive based and controller-based automation.
Tuener says: "Our service courses are usually carried out at a client's premises. This is often down to practicality, as there tend to be more attendees on service courses. It is easier for us to send one application engineer to a company's facility, rather than 10 customer employees coming to Lenze's facilities."
Lenze also has an online training portal, accessible directly from the website to the registration system. Online courses are affordable and flexible, enabling participants to learn at a time and pace that suits them.
Online modules are also a useful way of preparing for more rigorous training: for instance, Lenze recommends taking the 'Robotics Basics' online course prior to attending its 'FAST Robotics' course.
While many courses are tailored to the specific needs of the customer, training is standardised across Lenze's global sites – meaning that a course given in Germany, for instance, will be equivalent to one given in the UK or France. This is a useful resource for global OEMs, whose employees will receive equivalent training from Lenze regardless of where it takes place.
Follow the link for further information about the Lenze training programme.