Hirschmann Offers Tailor-made Switches at a Mouse Click

  • December 01, 2005
  • Hirschmann, A Belden Brand
  • News
The Hirschmann Automation and Control GmbH, Neckartenzlingen, has put the OpenRail Webshop Configurator online on the Internet under “www.hirschmann.com”. This configurator allows you to put together switches of the MICE and Rail product series individually by mouse click. A total of 1,000 different device versions are available, allowing tailor-made solutions at an optimum price/performance ratio. Offers are obtainable immediately via the Internet after logging in. The switches are delivered within ten working days after receiving the order. With OpenRail, Hirschmann has not only made the leap from warehouse production to order-related production but has at the same time increased the number of device versions considerably from the previous 30.With the Webshop Configurator, you can determine the number of Fast and Gigabit Ethernet ports and the Uplink ports for twisted pair, fibre optic cables or SFP for every switch. You can also select the temperature range, the type of power supply and special approvals. Finally, two software versions are available which offer different levels of management, diagnostics and filter functions and also support fast redundancy mechanisms, security features and real-time applications.The MICE and Rail switches can therefore be adapted to the application step by step depending on the requirements. The Webshop Configurator then generates an order code from the clicked parameters. If the user is already registered as a customer and has logged into the system with his access data, he can view the appropriate offer immediately online, otherwise he will receive the information promptly by fax.Hirschmann Automation and Control GmbHThe Hirschmann Group has combined its competence in the area of automation technology in the Hirschmann Automation and Control GmbH, Neckartenzlingen. The company is also the management company of PAT GmbH, Ettlingen, which is also part of the Hirschmann Group. The products range from network components for Ethernet, Fast-Ethernet and Gigabit-Ethernet, through fieldbus systems to electromechanical connectors for actuators and sensors. Business activities will be enhanced by systems for load indication and load moment limitation that will be marketed under the brand names PAT and KRÜGER.Hirschmann Automation and Control is currently the only company on the market to offer a complete product range for homogeneous data communication using Ethernet. Hirschmann Ethernet solutions provide a uniform, company-wide communications infrastructure without interface problems and media discontinuities.In the future both Ethernet and fieldbusses will be used at the controller level, as well as at the field level of industrial networks depending on requirements. Hirschmann therefore offers fibre interfaces for bus systems such as Profibus, Modbus or Genius Bus; these interfaces are highly suited to use in close proximity to the process due to their optical fibre technology and their robust design.The connector range includes both products for actuators and sensors, as well as for industrial machine tool and plant manufacture. The selection is rounded off by a wide range of laboratory connectors and complete test equipment sets. Special cable connection technologies help save time and thus also costs.With its products for load indication and load moment limitation Hirschmann has taken up a leading position on the global market. The line up focuses on microprocessor systems, geometry and force sensors which enhance the availability, cost efficiency and, most notably, the safety of cranes, elevating platforms, and a large number of other types of mobile plant. Communication is another key element: PAT systems have, for example, integrated communication interfaces allowing construction machinery operators the option of directly communicating with a support center and receiving real-time technical assistance.As specialist for automation technology Hirschmann Automation and Control has developed innovative solutions, which are geared towards its customers’ requirements in terms of performance, efficiency and investment reliability. As a founding member of IAONA (Industrial Automation Open Networking Alliance) the company has adopted a major role in the establishment of Ethernet technology as the standard also in the production area. The Powerlink method from the EPSG (Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group) today already provides an open method for the realisation of hard real-time applications using Ethernet, for example for robot controllers. Hirschmann is also a founding member of the EPSG.The Hirschmann Automation and Control GmbH has production sites in Germany and Hungary and subsidiaries in numerous European countries, the USA and Asia. In 2004 the company, with about 1000 staff world wide, achieved a turnover of €144 million.For more information visit www.hirschmann-usa.com.

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