Siemens Answers with Products and Solutions for General Motion Control Applications

With a clear focus on the needs of customers, Siemens approach to every application of Motion Control - no matter how general or specific - combines innovation and automation to create best-in-class products and optimal solutions for any machine. Machine builders, system integrators, and end users can leverage Siemens’ broad motion control portfolio as well as a global network, which that includes technical support services, application support services, capable distributors, solution partners, and more.

Why Choose Siemens?

Cost Savings in Configuration, Commissioning, Control and Diagnostics 
Through Totally Integrated Automation

Highly Scalable, Flexible Solutions
With SIMATIC, SIMOTION and SINAMICS that reduce the number of components and complexity of the machine automation systems, and offer greater standardization of parts

Global Footprint
No matter what you import or export, Siemens has the worldwide experience, and that includes local resources in over 190 countries ready with technical resources and spare parts


Raising the bar on safety and efficiency for vehicle lift automation

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Safety, reliability and cost-efficiency are key factors industrial machine manufacturers aim to integrate within their products. Vehicle Lifts are certainly no exception as they constantly raise and lower extremely heavy loads and must be operable until the job is complete. With personnel in the immediate area of vehicle lifts, there must be no safety risk when the equipment is under operation. By using Siemens general purpose variable frequency drives in vehicle lift applications, this safety can be ensured along with extended functionalities and enhanced controls.

Safely On Board
When it comes to industrial safety, Siemens is second to none. There is no better and more cost effective safety for vehicle lifts this than with SINAMICS Safety Integrated into the drive itself. Safe brake management consists of the safe brake control (SBC) and safe brake test (SBT) functions. The safely controlled and tested brake, in combination with the safely monitored drive, results in a stopping system for fall protection on vertical axes. Safe Direction (SDI) monitors adherence to the selected direction of motion / rotation of the drive.

Communication between operators and lifts can be improved as well, with the complete Siemens automation solution including PLCs and HMIs. Increasing communication capabilities, along with surrounding control components, can result in improved performance and reliability, all while keeping maintenance to a minimum. Offering drives with extended voltage and power ranges, the SINAMICS drives portfolio can fit the requirements of various motors while offering wide capabilities to keep your operation simple and efficient.

Application examples

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Scissor type

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Mobile lifts

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Parallelogram type

Drives have the potential of fitting into more complex scissor lift designs, especially heavy-duty.

Using drives, flexible, precise and coordinated movement between columns
is key. SINAMICS drives might all replacing current control components.

Adding drives can replace current control components for added lift control.

Why Siemens? Product differentiation — the fully integrated cost of a SINAMICS drive

OEMs who choose Siemens drives pass these advantages on to their customers:


  • Ease-of-use wireless commissioning, troubleshooting and maintenance via the new SINAMICS G and SINAMICS V Smart Access modules

  • Direct connectivity of SINAMICS G and SINAMICS S drives to Comfort Panel HMIs (no PLC required)

  • Remote monitoring and integration to various industrial networks for improved maintenance and increased uptime


  • Fast braking and energy regeneration for reduced cycle times, plus increased throughput and reduced overall energy consumption


  • No-cost engineering software for the commissioning, troubleshooting and maintenance of SINAMICS drives


  • Minimum knowledge is required to replace drives by using the memory card to back-up / restore parameter sets

  • The modular design of the SINAMICS G120 allows for quick replacement of only the affected component without need for re-commissioning


  • Avoid personnel and equipment accidents when utilizing Siemens best-in-class, integrated safety solutions

Circuit Protection

Complete Siemens Solution

  • Siemens can provide the complete solution for automation and control needs, including software simulation for new designs

Choosing the right drive for lifting solutions

The primary focus for vehicle lifts is SINAMICS V20 and possibly SINAMICS G-series drives. Vehicle lifts are typically controlled by simple electronics surrounding a PLC for constant speed and torque control in raising and lowering.

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vehicle lift automation - SINAMICS G120

SINAMICS V20 will integrate best with scissor and most mobile lifts as these lifts are typically powered by single-phase, 230V AC, and 1–5 Hp. Scissor and mobile lifts require basic performance and the SINAMICS V-series is suitable for the simple controls needed.

SINAMICS G120 / SINAMICS G120C offer the best fit for parallelogram lifts due to extended functionalities that match the required power and basic control capabilities. G120 can also benefit communication requirements between columns in mobile lifts.



Energy savings

ECO mode / flux reduction
reduces motor currents saving energy during low load cycles

Hibernation mode
the drive is automatically switched on and off depending upon the process requirements, thereby extending the wear on your pumps, blowers and motors

Display of the electrical energy saved
in either kWh, CO 2 or currency without the need for power measurement equipment

drives are switched on and off in stages depending upon the process requirement

Efficient Infeed Technology
an innovative feature, that also means that compact drives are also capable of energy recovery

Reducing motor speed
can save energy up to 80% at 50% of speed

Easy installation

Several mounting options
wall-mount, push-through, side-by-side

Easy operator control
using built-in BOP (basic operator panel)

Smart Access
wireless commissioning, operation and diagnostics via mobile device or laptop with web server module

Smart Access
Wireless commissioning, operation and diagnostics via mobile device or laptop with web server module

Higher power rating
in a smaller space

Easy maintenance
with modular design and flexible control cabinet configurations with push-through versions (applies to SINAMICS G120 only)

Commissioning of standard applications
using application-specific wizards — knowledge about parameters is not necessary

Simple commissioning on-site
using a handheld terminal

Free-of-charge advanced commissioning
using STARTER / SINAMICS Startdrive software

Easy to use

Parameter settings can easily be transferred
from one unit to another

Integrated RS485 communication interface

Connection and application macros
to simplify I/O configuration

Keep Running Mode
provides higher productivity by automatic adaptation in case of unstable line supplies

wider voltage range, better cooling design and coated PCB increase robustness of drive in difficult environments, such as ambient temps up to 140º F (60º C)

Compliance with environmental class 3C2
for frames ABC (3C3 with SIPLUS; 3C3 is standard for frames DEF)

Integrated safety with easy setup
(STO2, SS12, SBC2, SLS3, SDI3, SSM3)

Integrated energy recovery
simple setup efficient infeed technology

Positioning capability

Integral part of Totally Integrated Automation (TIA)
with interfaces for PROFINET and PROFIBUS — coupling to third-party systems via USS / Modbus RTU, BacNet MS / TP and EtherNet/IP TM

* G120, G120C includes all of the benefits of the V20 plus the additional items noted. 2 Functions for stopping the drive safely (STO – Safe Torque Off; SS1 – Safe Stop 1; SBC – Safe Brake Control). 3Functions for safely monitoring the motion of a motor (SLS – Safe Limited Speed; SDI – Safe Direction; SSM – Safe Speed Monitor).

SINAMICS application examples for vehicle lifts

Siemens has ready-to-run application examples for many spinner applications, including wiring diagrams and parameter descriptions. Sample configurations for connecting SINAMICS drives with SIMATIC PLCs include hardware, software and wiring examples, installation instructions for the supplied S7 project, drive parameterization and HMI sample projects.

Customer benefits

  • Provides a basis for customer-specific machine configurations

  • Optimal leveraging of TIA advantages

  • Free download via the Siemens Online Support Portal: