Motion:  Lenze-AC Tech moves toward packaged solutions

Uxbridge, MA—As the new mechanical product manager at Lenze-AC Tech, [] Chris Ball’s marching orders are to spearhead the company’s drive to integrate its next generation of gearmotors and gear reducers with its other products, creating packaged solutions and integrated systems.


Uxbridge, MA —As the new mechanical product manager at Lenze-AC Tech , Chris Ball’s marching orders are to spearhead the company’s drive to integrate its next generation of gearmotors and gear reducers with its other products, creating packaged solutions and integrated systems. “The challenge will be to integrate our next-generation family of products with our invertors and motion products,” Ball says. “This is part of our ongoing strategy, to move the company from a producer of point products to a solutions and integrated systems producer.”

“In the past,” Darrow Hanesian, director of product development, points out, “this function included sales responsibility as well as engineering. We wanted to create a position where Chris could concentrate on strategic engineering issues, and make sure the needs of customers in the important North American market are met.”

AC Technology Corp. is a U.S.-based company founded in 1983. It is a a member of the Lenze Group, a worldwide maker of motion control products started in Hamelin, Germany in 1947. Lenze-AC Tech develops, manufactures, markets, and supports a range of motion-control products, including servo drives and motors, clutches and brakes, gears and gearmotors, and variable frequency ac motor drives. The company says its portfolio of ac drive products extends from some of the world’s smallest sub-micro drives up through large, 500 hp units.

Company officials describe the new mechanical product manager position as a key role responsible for management of the entire portfolio of mechanical products, including gears, clutches, brakes and motors. “As our mechanical product line evolves, we are developing a stronger presence in the gearing sector of the motion-control industry,” says Hanesian. “With the move of the mechanical product line to Uxbridge now complete, we are assembling an expert, highly skilled team to grow our mechanical business”.

The company timed creation of Chris Ball’s position early in the development cycle for their next product generation. “We haven’t even picked a name yet, or laid out a time line,” Hanesian quips. Coming on board early gives Ball the opportunity to forge the strategic vision guiding engineering efforts.

Ball earned his BS in Electrical Engineering while serving in the United States Air Force, and brings over five years of experience in electro-mechanical drives and drive systems. He was most recently a product specialist for Stöber Drives, where he focused on producing high performance, low noise industrial gearing solutions.

C.G. Masi , senior editor, Control Engineering Daily News Desk
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