Digitization for linear systems


Linear systems perform complex functions in manufacturing. An interdisciplinary team develops the system, specialists put it into operation. Normally – but the customers of item Industrietechnik GmbH work differently. They design their solutions online, and they also commission them themselves. In addition, of course, they can still count on the advice of item’s customer service representatives. Together with TriniDat Software-Entwicklung GmbH, item has molded their digitization concepts into software solutions that are convincing in terms of quality and appearance. This is how highly technical smart products with real added value for item and its customers were created.


As their numerous awards prove, item Industrietechnik stands for unusual solutions that bring real added value to plant and machine builders. Since 2016, for example, item customers have benefited from an end-to-end, digital creation process for linear systems. Together with TriniDat, item designed and developed the two software packages “item MotionDesigner®” and “item MotionSoft®”. From design to commissioning, item customers now go through the process significantly faster, more reliably and more cost-effectively.online procurement included.

With “item MotionDesigner®”, users can design their automation solution on the Web. They don’t need any special technical knowledge, because the software provides it. They define their transport task via a clear user interface. During the design process, the software ensures that the selected drive systems, controllers and linear units fit the application and are compatible. At the same time, it ensures that the user complies with the design rules, correctly dimensions components and decides on the best installation position.

item MotionDesigner®” generates comprehensive project documentation from the resulting configuration. The customer can download this in the form of a PDF file. With just one click, he transfers the specification to the shopping cart. The shopping cart automatically generates the corresponding order parts list. If desired, the system can be delivered pre-assembled and ready for installation.

“Linear technology in itself is very demanding, and so was our digitization project. With a high level of technical understanding, the TriniDat team quickly got to grips with the material and our requirements. With their ideas, the Düsseldorfers turned our concept into a customer-friendly software,” praises Christian Thiel, the responsible project manager.