Never worry about the drivetrain again
Literally nothing in the world turns without drives, even in times of increasing digitization. No raw material is processed, no food is produced, no container is loaded, no energy is generated, no smartphone is produced without a gearbox being involved. Flender has been at home in drive technology worldwide for more than 120 years and equips almost all industries with drive products. From raw material extraction to transportation to chemical processes: more than 500,000 Flender gear units are currently in use around the world. A good 30 years after Flender defined the standard for industrial gearboxes with the Flender gearbox, the drive specialist is now presenting its successor at the Hannover Messe: Flender One.
A gearbox that has set itself the goal of revolutionizing the drive market once again. Flender is taking a new approach where "standard" is no longer the focus. Flender One is produced exactly according to individual customer requirements. Thanks to a fully digital engineering process, it still takes less time from order to commissioning. It maximizes efficiency, saves valuable energy and sets new standards in sustainability. Users can configure it without help or gearbox know-how. And it's so smart that it simplifies maintenance and protects against breakdowns thanks to fully integrated sensors and onboard analytics. It is the next stage of expansion of the Flender One platform for industrial gearboxes, with further developments to follow. Flender CEO Andreas Evertz: "The unique thing about Flender One is that it always meets the customer's exact requirements and yet much of it runs completely automatically in the background without our customers having to think about it - over the entire life cycle from ordering to operation in the plant. One milestone is the complete digitization of the engineering process. Automatic design of components according to customer requirements without the need for human intervention. This is what the future of industry looks like."
Rouven Daniel, President Industrial Gears, adds, "Efficiency is above all. Each gear unit is designed to meet individual requirements. The customer gets exactly what he needs - no less and above all no more. To this end, we simplify and accelerate all processes, including predictive service. This saves time and money and contributes to climate protection by minimizing the use of resources."
Digital drive intelligence
Flender's new drive intelligence AIQ is also part of the Flender One platform. Thanks to integrated sensor technology and analysis functions, AIQ provides all relevant information about the drive during operation. Detailed condition monitoring of the individual components detects deviations from normal operation at an early stage and enables potentially damaging conditions to be identified. Service calls can thus be carried out in good time, quickly and proactively, tailored to the customer's needs. This conserves resources and increases plant availability.
The Flender coupling portfolio is also digital thanks to AIQ. AIQ Detect enables production plants to be kept firmly in view and prevents a porous elastomer from causing the entire production to come to a standstill. Together with comprehensive services such as the retrofit of old or third-party drives, Flender offers a complete package with which operators no longer have to think about the drive of their plants.
Drive technology that protects the climate
Sustainability is not only a focus at Flender One and AIQ. Flender was awarded the gold medal in the EcoVadis sustainability rating at the end of 2022 and is one of the five percent most sustainable companies worldwide. The company is therefore dedicating its appearance at the Hannover Messe to the greatest challenge facing humanity and presenting how business and drive technology can contribute to climate protection.
Flender CEO Andreas Evertz: "Our claim 'Flender is the partner of choice for a sustainable future' is no mere phrase. In all product developments, company divisions and our supply chains, we are constantly looking for potential to minimize the CO2 footprint and the waste of resources. Flender One is also a perfect example here. It shows how today, through product design, digitalization and close collaboration with customers and suppliers, we can shape industrial processes in such a way that our planet remains livable for future generations."