Visitors to the SPS/IPC/Drives exhibition have made their choice: in the “Control Technology and System Solutions” category they awarded first place in the AUTOMATION AWARD 2014 to the FrontCom® Vario service interface from Weidmüller. The award is one of the most prestigious in the German automation industry and is conferred at the SPS/IPC/Drives exhibition in Nuremberg. Exhibitors at the trade fair are allowed to enter their latest innovative products. A jury – representing the SPS/IPC/Drives congress committee, VDMA, ZVEI and the editorial staff of the “elektro AUTOMATION” magazine – nominated in advance five products in two categories. From these “Top 5 Products” visitors voted for their favourites during the course of the exhibition.
FrontCom® Vario impressed visitors from across the board. With 44.6 percent of the vote it secured first place. “We are especially pleased with this award because the prize is conferred by our partners, customers and users,” says Klaus Leuchs, product manager of FrontCom® Vario. “It demonstrates that our innovative solutions meet the needs of our customers and that they are impressed by the benefits offered by our products.”
FrontCom® Vario is a compact service interface for switch and control cabinets, providing easy access to the control system/PC and electronics. It safeguards efficient and high-availability processes as well as saving time and money. Without downtimes or additional staff, technicians can use the service interface to perform maintenance tasks or rectify errors in the production process - it's both simple and smart. Authorised personnel can, for example, connect diagnostic hardware using a data cable or an optional power cable. FrontCom® Vario is the first choice for customers from machine construction, the process industry and power and traffic engineering – and it only takes up half the space of the current market standard.
FrontCom® Vario offers planning security and equips you for the future – a portfolio of more than 5,000 combinations delivers tailored possibilities for virtually any application or lifecycle of a machine or system. The system supports a multitude of standards for communication interfaces in different designs, such as RJ45, USB or D-Sub, as well as different country-specific socket systems. As a modular service interface, FrontCom® Vario always offers the perfect combination of single frames, power, signal and data inserts, as well as the correct insert plate.
Investment security is provided, for example, by the CAT 6A RJ45 inserts from Weidmüller's STEADYTEC® series, which offer maximum performance (CAT 6A = up to 10 GB per second) and the best transmission properties. Touch-protection on the interior offers additional marking possibilities for each individual port, allowing each interface to also be clearly identified inside the cabinet. Weidmüller also provides an online configurator which you can use to find and configure suitable interfaces on the Internet from the more than 5,000 FrontCom® Vario combinations. A storable parts list containing all the individual components can be instantly queried online following the configuration process.
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