On Stand D126 at this year’s Drives & Controls exhibition, connectivity expert Weidmüller is showcasing its new Fast Delivery Service (FDS) for customised terminal rails, and demonstrating a fully operational automated rail assembly machine that makes the service possible. The intuitive yet powerful Weidmüller Configurator Software (WMC) that complements the FDS is also being demonstrated, along with the Weidmüller Wire Processing Centre (WPC), which dramatically reduces wiring time for control panels. Another key theme on the stand is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which Weidmüller is supporting with its ground-breaking u-mation portfolio.
In addition, throughout the exhibition, which runs from 21st to 23rd April at the NEC in Birmingham, visitors to the Weidmüller stand will be able to meet the company’s specialist engineers to discuss their own specific requirements.
The WMC configurator software allows users to design terminal rails quickly and easily, selecting from a wide range of components and simply dragging and dropping them into place. Intelligent software assistants guard against errors and help to optimise the design, while 3D viewing makes it easy for users ensure that the finished assembly will fully meet their requirements.
When the design is complete, it can be sent directly from WMC to Weidmüller’s FDS Fast Delivery Service where the rail will be built, using a machine similar to that on the stand, and despatched in a matter of hours. This streamlined process, based on the WMC software and the FDS service, reduces design time, cuts production time and minimises the risk of errors, while also eliminating the need for users to hold stocks of terminals and associated components.
The WPC Wire Processing Centre featured on the Weidmüller stand takes data directly from a CAD or CAE design package, automatically cuts wires to length and strips them. It then prints the wire-end markers and crimps the wire ends. Reductions of up to 50% in the time required to wire control panels are possible, along with other benefits that include more efficient use of costly wire, with reduced waste and scrappage.
Visitors to the Weidmüller stand who share the fast-growing interest in IIoT will have an opportunity to discover u-mation, a coordinated portfolio of modern automation hardware, innovative engineering and visualisation software, which allows users to develop and implement scalable digitalisation and automation solutions. Optimised at all process levels from the sensor to the cloud, these solutions will create future-proof foundations that underpin the most efficient production concepts, including those embodied in Industry 4.0.
Much more can be seen on the stand including Weidmüller’s high-end range of PROtop power supplies with DCL technology providing an excellent range for the reliable triggering of circuit breakers and powerful motor starts. This range is a power supply for the most demanding of applications and its high efficiency and long service life deliver both energy and cost savings. Also, on show visitors can see Weidmüller’s OMNIMATE® Power BUS connection system, an innovative latch-in bus system consisting of two different busbar connectors with spring contacts offering quick and easy installation of multi-axis servo drives.