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Complete control – with safety!

Virtually any larger machine represents a potential hazard for its users, due to movements of the robot arms or hydraulic cylinders, for example. Flexible options for add-on functional safety solutions therefore form an integral part of Weidmüller’s remote I/O solution u-remote

 

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Permanently supplied

How do power supply solutions keep systems running all over the world? Dr.-Ing. Kai Lorentz provides the answers.

 

In Detail

Control systems more efficiently

Numerous possible combinations, highly flexible functionality, work-saving details: with FrontCom® Vario, Weidmüller sets new standards for service interfaces. The new family offers tangible improvements in efficiency – from planning to operation.

In Brief

Surge protection devices as a learning guide for DB Training

Weidmüller supplies sample boards to DB Training for employee training. Surge protection can now be explained in an even more concrete form.

Solution for the SmartFactoryKL

How the intelligent factory of tomorrow can appear in practice is demonstrated by SmartFactoryKL together with leading industrial partners. As part of an infrastructure solution, Weidmüller is helping to turn the plug-and-produce principle into reality.

Energy and resource efficiency in automation

Weidmüller is more than just a talker when it comes to forums and sustainability initiatives. Indeed, the specific solutions that the machine construction partner has to offer prove its claim that it handles both energy and resources in a responsible manner.

Tips for secure crimp connections

In any machines and systems, secure connections are essential. If the contacting is faulty, it can lead to time-consuming and cost-intensive malfunctions. For durable connections, therefore, it is recommended to heed the following tips when crimping.

Configure and monitor with the latest FDT2 technology

FDT2 is one of the most important recent advancements in manufacturer-independent standards for the automation industry. Weidmüller is the first provider to support the enhanced specification with device drivers and a customised frame application.

1st place: FrontCom® Vario wins over automation specialists

The newly dimensioned service interface for cabinet walls was ranked first in the section of “Control technology and system solutions” at the Automation Award 2014.

AppGuide: product recommendations for applications

Weidmüller provides device developers with a unique selection tool that lets them find the right connection system for their application in just a few steps

More than a lightweight

A glass-fibre reinforced polycarbonate from Bayer makes the housing of the PrintJet ADVANCED ink-jet printer especially light and robust.

MetalliCard as standard at Daimler

The Daimler Group relies on metal markers from Weidmüller for plant and cable labelling at its worldwide production facilities.

Excellent energy management

Weidmüller was honoured with the renowned GreenTec Award in the Production category for its holistic energy efficiency concept.

Power on board – competence connects

PCB manufacturer Häusermann and Weidmüller have agreed to work closely on the specification of connection solutions for power electronics – thus enabling lower project costs and shorter time-to-market in design-in processes.

“What makes us go forward – Industry 4.0”

Weidmüller opened the DCS conference in Hungary with an expert presentation on the significance and development of the fourth industrial revolution

Engineers’ Choice Award 2014

Your opinion as a professional audience has counted: We are delighted to have received four nominations

Ten years of operation at  the production facilities in Suzhou

Weidmüller in China: A long-term success story in providing sustainable growth in the region

u-remote design is a triple award-winning concept

After winning the “iF product design award 2013” and the “universal design award 2013”, the “German Design Award 2014” is the third accolade recognising the innovative remote I/O system

Proven system partnership with Siemens

As a chosen “solution partner”, Weidmüller supplies customised connectivity solutions for automation projects from Siemens

 

In Focus

Intelligent networking between production and building facilities

Weidmüller is in real-time dialogue over individual energy management challenges and issues. Interested partners go behind the scenes of Weidmüller's production and experience first hand the potential of systematic energy-saving measures.

"Industry 4.0 must benefit the end user"

Dr Jan Stefan Michels, Head of Standard and Technology Development, explains how Weidmüller is currently pushing intelligent networking of production – both at a technological and a personal level.

Permanently supplied: a multi-faceted claim

Without the necessary power, robot arms will not move, conveyor belts will not roll, and valves will not open. Dr.-Ing Kai Lorentz, Head of Infrastructure, explains how Weidmüller goes about keeping systems running continuously all over the world.

Making production facilities fit for Industry 4.0

As a progressive thinker and trailblazer, Weidmüller already offers concrete solutions that allow producing companies to prepare themselves for the “Internet of Things” and for safe production control from the Cloud – without the need to modernise their entire range of machinery.

Added value in the planning, installation and operating processes

Considering the processes in cabinet construction from a holistic perspective, Weidmüller offers products and process-supporting solutions that enhance efficiency and optimise costs in all phases

"Scoring top marks with proven strengths"

Dr Timo Berger, Head of the Electronic Interfaces Division, explains how u-remote is contributing to simplified machine automation with maximum performance

 

In Action

Efficiency gains in the bag

Fast lead times and less space – these are the benefits Thürlings enjoys with its new generation of packaging machines, thanks to the profitable combination of the remote I/O system u-remote and TERMSERIES relay modules.

A modular distributor system for initiators and actuators

Geared towards practical requirements, Weidmüller's initiator and actuator terminals boast impressive compactness, vibration-proof spring connections and flexible modularity. Mechanical and plant engineering company Hymmen is benefiting from having the all-purpose system in the terminal boxes mounted on its transport and vacuum tables.

High-performance production processes

With its own automation division, Al Fanar Electric ensures high productivity in the manufacturing process of its electrical components. On the new production line, Weidmüller's remote-I/O solution, u-remote, takes care of that extra portion of performance.

Clever bottling

With its superior diagnostics and space-saving configuration, Weidmüller’s u-remote guarantees a reliable control process in the Belgian plant-manufacturer Crown-Baele's new filling machine.

A lot of power over a long-lasting service life

Power solid-state relays reliably switch high AC loads of up to 75 A without any signs of wear. IBL-Löttechnik therefore relies on Weidmüller's long-lasting electronic components for regulating and monitoring heating loads in its systems.

Reduced to the max

LTI Motion managed to reduce the size of its SystemOne CM servo drive by 75 percent, among others thanks to the Weidmüller OMNIMATE® Power Hybrid connector. The result: a perfectly harmonized system that is the most compact in its performance class.

u-remote promotes efficient powder coating

When it was redesigning its furnaces, MS Oberflächentechnik AG wanted its new remote I/O system to be flexible to plan, quick to install and stable in operation. Today, u-remote is delivering noticeable efficiency advantages in all phases.

LED system solution cuts an impressive figure in pilot installations

FieldPower® Wind Energy offers everything required for the interior lighting and supply of wind power installations. As a customised solution, the system is an integral component of the current tower installations of leading turbine manufacturers – such as Nordex, for example.

Photovoltaics make water treatment "greener"

Covering an area the size of five football fields, the 3 MW system on the roof of the Aquiris water treatment plant is the largest of its kind in Belgium. Combiner boxes from Weidmüller help ensure that the 10,000 installed photovoltaic modules generate top-notch output exceeding 3.2 MW.

Subsequent expansions made easy

A customised Weidmüller solution package comprising signal splitters, power-feed modules and rail bus is scoring points in the optimisation measures currently undertaken at a coal-fired power plant in southern Turkey. The main benefits include the impressively low installation costs and savings on materials.

Single track to success

Thanks to TERMSERIES with multi-voltage input, multi-track relay solutions are a thing of the past. The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) benefits from this with its newly standardised overhead line control cabinets.

Everything in flow with device design

Weidmüller was able to meet the requirements of SAMSON AG in developing a new electropneumatic position controller by providing a reflow-compatible connection solution and multifaceted design-in support.

Universal cabinet system: a solution based on partnership

In order to comply with the high demands placed on the functionality of safety equipment, Bosch Rexroth has developed its own, self-monitoring control solution. A lot of performance is packed into a small space. The recipe for success lies in deploying an efficient combination of components from the partners Bosch Rexroth and Weidmüller.

Smart PCB terminal for intelligent cloud-based control

Impressive freedom of design combined with highly efficient and reliable assembly: the merits of OMNIMATE Signal LSF-SMD PCB terminals are demonstrated to outstanding effect in the new app-based control system of ventilation system manufacturer Schrag.

Advantages that do not evaporate

Only when cleaning vapor penetrates all nooks and crannies, perfect cleaning of metal parts is assured. u-remote guarantees safe process cycles in the new compact vapor degreasers from two Dutch manufacturers.

Hand-in-hand approach for the pharmaceutical industry

The importance of product quality takes on a whole new dimension in the healthcare sector. The precise processes involved in the production of medicines therefore need strong partners, such as Bürkert and Weidmüller.

Intuitive system configuration – designed to inspire

Some things you simply have to experience live: The first u-remote station went into operation at Fichtner & Schicht GmbH within a very short time. The speed and convenience were so convincing that from then on the remote I/O system became the heart of the decentralised system design for the electroplating company.

Keeping a track on safety

With a solution package made up of an uninterruptible power supply, Power over Ethernet switches and surge protection for Ethernet applications, Weidmüller is guaranteeing a stable voltage and data supply for surveillance cameras.

State-of-the-art production methods for a traditional speciality

In the end-to-end production lines developed by Anselmo for the manufacture of pasta, u-remote is an essential component of the distributed automation system

Safe flow of traffic even during thunder and lightning

A Peter Meister AG control system will ensure, in the future, that traffic flows smoothly at Switzerland’s Brüttisellen junction. Future-proof surge protectors in the VARITECTOR PU series ensure the long-term reliability of the control system even in adverse weather conditions.

A smart cutting solution for initiators and actuators

On the ALPMA Alpenland Maschinenbau cheese-cutting machines, precision counts with every cut. The modular initiator/actuator terminals of the ZIA series cut an impressive figure with their compact assembly and integrated potential distribution

Efficient newspaper winding

u-remote is driving performance in intelligent post-processing systems for Ferag’s newspaper and magazine production

Wireless communication, smooth palletisation

The transfer wagons of the palletising system, developed recently by a South American machine construction company for a large consumer goods manufacturer, cover a distance of 80 metres

Handy for materials handling

By integrating the Weidmüller FieldPower® contact block in the MOVIFIT® basic connection box from SEW-EURODRIVE, all of the feed-in requirements are satisfied with a single component

Brilliant connections for inspirational device design

Miniaturised device design, an all-round, impressive level of user-friendliness thanks to PUSH IN connection technology and a wide range of possible applications – the relay from Tele Haase satisfies these requirements with a little help from the LSF-SMT PCB terminals

 

In Detail

Customised energy monitoring from a single source

The economical use of resources is already of great importance in many companies. With intelligently networked hardware components, Weidmüller allows for all relevant energy data to be recorded in line with demand.

Uniquely simple and clear

Thanks to its integrated display, the ACT20P Pro DCDC II analogue signal converter provides highest measurement accuracy and extremely simple configuration. Ideal conditions for its main area of application in the classical machinery sector.

Contactless power transmission is opening up new automation prospects

To transmit high levels of power as part of a maintenance-free solution, Weidmüller has optimised the proven inductive resonance coupling technology so that even powerful motors can be reliably supplied via an air gap.

Safe interaction between man and machine

Protected investments, staff safety and increased added value are Weidmüller's objectives with u-remote. Fully designed with safety in mind, the remote I/O solution significantly simplifies the design and implementation of safety concepts of any size.

Optimising energy consumption in production processes

The first quarter of the year is already drawing to a close. Some people who made more efficient energy management their New Year’s resolution might now be asking themselves where exactly they should start. Being an experienced partner, Weidmüller offers practical solutions – from the overall concept, right down to the smallest of details.

New connection density standards

With the HD connector, u-remote enables 8 individually pluggable sensors or actuators to be installed on just one module. Product Manager Andreas Hoffmann explains how this further development is once again pushing shorter project durations as well as faster maintenance and retrofitting work.

In safe hands throughout the world

Assembled enclosure solutions from Weidmüller are used in more and more industrial applications to reduce vertical integration and save on production costs. Critical to their success is the company's worldwide network of application centres.

Control systems more efficiently

Numerous possible combinations, highly flexible functionality, work-saving details: with FrontCom® Vario, Weidmüller sets new standards for service interfaces. The new family offers tangible improvements in efficiency – from planning to operation.

Complete control – with safety!

Virtually any larger machine represents a potential hazard for its users, due to movements of the robot arms or hydraulic cylinders, for example. Flexible options for add-on functional safety solutions therefore form an integral part of Weidmüller’s remote I/O solution.

Strip hard, halogen-free cable insulation with ease

Cost-efficiency, elevated safety standards and the trend towards application-specific cables raise the complexity of wire insulation. Weidmüller meets the challenge with precision tools for highest standards.

Permanently supplied – all-purpose, yet entirely as needed

If automation is to run smoothly, then safety functions, process checks and communication processes have to be purposefully maintained. To this end, Weidmüller offers needs-based power supply solutions that completely correspond with the reliability level required in each case.

Bright future for plant efficiency

On the increasingly competitive wind power market it is more important than ever to guarantee maximum plant efficiency during the planning phase while incurring the lowest possible acquisition and follow-up costs. Weidmüller’s LED system solution makes the interior lighting intelligent and offers high potential of cutting the total operating costs.

Clear potential savings for wind power installations

On the increasingly competitive wind power market it is more important than ever to guarantee maximum plant efficiency during the planning phase while incurring the lowest possible acquisition and follow-up costs. With its new LED systems for interior lighting, Weidmüller is offering high potential of cutting the total operating costs.

Simple testing in compliance with standards

Weidmüller's new generation of two-pole voltage testers exceed the current requirements of the latest directives. This means that installers can be sure of optimum quality and safety in any situation.

Reliable signal transmission in sensitive processes

SIL-certified signal converters for areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere are the newest addition to the Weidmüller solution package for safety-related signal circuits in the process industries and energy technology.

Secure energy right up to the most remote drive

Weidmüller is supporting decentralisation – and highlighting new potential savings – with an intuitive project planning tool and coherently interconnected component systems.

Connection efficiency meets design freedom

With a wide range of “PUSH IN” PCB terminals designed for the SMD reflow soldering process, Weidmüller meets the requirements of practical application: from fully automatic surface mounting to the practical plug-in connections for installing devices.

“Uniquely flexible system design”

u-remote separates the supply for inputs and outputs using two 10 A current paths which are able to withstand high loads. As experts with their fingers on the pulse of the market, Weidmüller industrial managers Annika Gregorz and Stefano Schiavella are fully aware of how this benefits system planners and operators in machine construction.

Crimping with a spring effect

Is 2.5 mm² really 2.5 mm²? For those who don’t want to rely on their gut feeling or perform comprehensive inspections, crimping tools with a spring effect enable reliable compensation of potential size discrepancies between the conductor and the wire-end ferrule.

Energy consumption under control

Thanks to their high measurement accuracy, the energy meters of the “Power Monitor” series form the ideal basis for setting up an active energy management system

Safe energy in automation

By suitably interconnecting high-availability with practical add-on modules and uninterruptable power supply units, Weidmüller provides power supply solutions that meet the most challenging standards. Just like the new powerful PROmax series.

Tackle power supply economically

Power supply expert Minwei Xu from Weidmüller explains the properties of the new PROeco series, which combines high performance, failure protection and a low height

Series on "Permanently supplied"

Playing it safe, twice over, with redundancy, smooth operation thanks to uninterruptible power supply, and safe bypasses with buffer modules

Series on "SIL in practice"

Reliably shutting down during an emergency, safe application in corrosive atmospheres and furnace control in thermo-process facilities

Series on the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EG

No risk, more safety – ready for the new Machinery Directive: Closer look at MTTF values of relays and opto modules, high MTBF times with high quality power supplies, surge protection to avoid failures resulting from a common cause

New connection density standards

With the introduction of the new HD connector, u-remote enables 8 individually pluggable sensors or actuators to be installed on just one module. Product Manager Andreas Hoffmann explains how this further development is once again pushing shorter project durations as well as faster maintenance and retrofitting work.