Collaboration between Wöhner, Phoenix Contact and Eaton

  • April 30, 2012
  • Phoenix Contact
  • News

April 30, 2012 - The companies Wöhner GmbH & Co. KG (specialist for busbar system technology), Phoenix Contact and Eaton (both manufacturers of components and systems for electrical automation technology) announced their collaboration under the name ‘Partnership of Experts’ on the occasion of a joint press conference at the 2012 Hannover Messe trade fair. ‘We have always strived to explore new paths in the development of “our” busbar system technology. With an open ear for our customers’ needs and a view to the requirements of the future, we aim to make use of the “Partnership of Experts” to secure our lead in busbar system technology over the long term,’ says Frank Wöhner, managing partner of Wöhner. Wöhner and Phoenix Contact presented a hybrid motor starter they developed, which permits use in busbar system technology and is short-circuit-proof. The two partners will present an innovation which, with an overall width of only 22.5 mm, requires up to 70% less space than conventional starter combinations. Thanks to the low-wear switching function of the hybrid switching technology, a combination of electrical semiconductor and mechanical switching, the device lasts for 30 million switching operations and therefore up ten times longer than conventional contactors. Moreover, the very minimal wiring effort ensures up to 75% time savings for installation. With the integration into the Wöhner CrossLink technology, Wöhner is making it possible to use this hybrid engine starter both in the 60mm busbar system technology and with DIN rail mounting by means of suitable adapters. This device comes equipped with the 4-in-1 function familiar from the Phoenix-Contactron (forward/reverse rotation, motor protection and emergency stop) and is available in current ratings from 0.075 A to 9 A. Wöhner calls this world innovation:   MOTUSContactronControl. The partnership with Eaton also permits the SmartWire-DT technology to be used together with the MOTUSContactronControl in order to integrate intelligent energy management into busbar system technology. This allows you to access power reserves and increase the safety of the system. Important energy parameters are recorded, evaluated and processed in a timely manner both locally and at a central location. Powerful gateways allow this to be done from any location in the world. SmartWire-DT also facilitates direct access – as required: Necessary reactions in the distribution can be undertaken through bus technology. The control panel is also designed more efficiently. This is because the use of SmartWire-DT leads to a considerable reduction in wiring requirements. Thus, control panels are not only tidier, they are also more compact. Less wiring means less risk of error. SmartWireDT naturally will also be combinable with additional Wöhner products in future. The most diverse switchgear of motor branch circuits can be controlled directly by the SmartWire-DT module on the EQUES adapters, for example. The advantages of this partnership become particularly clear with the Wöhner CrossLink technology: The combination of the uniform adapter platform of the CrossLink technology with the SmartWire-DT technology will open up the benefits for a wealth of applications with a single development. This will provide new ways for machine and plant manufacturers to increase plant availability and performance and to facilitate monitoring of energy consumption. ‘Our busbar system technology can communicate globally with SmartWire-DT,’ says Frank Wöhner in summing up the advantages of this partnership. ‘Steadily increasing energy needs and greater environmental consciousness are making efficient and resource-conserving use of energy more and more important. Reading out comprehensive data directly at the source and the immediate availability of this data world-wide over the internet permit maximum flexibility in energy utilisation. This saves valuable resources and costs.’  

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