Lenze is opening a new chapter in automation for the coming SPS IPC Drives. With its new i950 Servo inverter, the automation specialist removes the boundaries between controller-based automation and drive-based automation. For the customer, whether he wants to have a central automation topology, a decentralised one or an intelligent mixture of the two will no longer play a role. From the viewpoint of software engineering, it will be irrelevant whether a servo inverter is integrated into the machine topology as a simple actuator, as a parameterisable axis or as a freely programmable axis when the new module of the automation platform is launched. Designed to meet the needs of the future, Lenze’s portfolio includes products for the control level, the field level and the electromechanics and ensures standardised data communication as well as data storage in the cloud.