WEIDMULLER GROUP ACQUIRES THE BUSINESS OF EMPHATIC INC.

WEIDMULLER GROUP ACQUIRES THE BUSINESS OF EMPHATIC INC.

07/12/2021

Weidmüller continues its growth strategy for Process Automation Connectivity, Communication and Digitalization. With the acquisition of the team and assets of Emphatec Inc.

Richmond, Virginia – Weidmüller continues its growth strategy for Process Automation Connectivity, Communication and Digitalization. With the acquisition of the team and assets of Emphatec Inc. the Weidmüller Group extends its portfolio, especially when it comes to PLC migration and C1D2 (Class 1 Division 2) solutions.

Emphatec and Weidmüller have had an extensive collaboration over decades. To further solidify this relationship and further reinforce Weidmüller’s organizational focus on the process industry, Weidmüller has completed the acquisition of the business and assets of Emphatec. Emphatec specialized in the engineering of customized connectivity solutions for the process industry, including hazardous areas. “It’s an ideal fit – Weidmüller’s global sales and marketing resources and extensive product offering alongside Emphatec’s innovative process automation focused products”, says Don Robinson, former owner Emphatec Inc., now Director of Klippon Engineering Canada.

Klippon Engineering was established by Weidmüller in 2021 and is responsible for a worldwide network of engineering and service expertise for the process industry. With its own sales team, application experts, affiliated production and assembly sites, product and application-specific solutions will be developed, certified, and implemented in the future. "With our concentrated experience from six decades, we are at our customers' side as a competent partner in numerous areas of the process industry. We are strengthening our commitment in a growth market, in keeping with our tradition and history, and are positioning ourselves for future requirements", Dr. Timo Berger, Chief Sales Officer of the Weidmüller Group, is pleased to say.

“Our customers can benefit from a new global competence center as an extension of the large range portfolio of Klippon Engineering. We are proud to finally call the former Emphatec experts our team members now.“, explains Jonathan Lane, Managing Director Klippon Engineering UK Ltd.

We are confident that the acquisition will push Weidmüller’s market position and business even further and are looking forward to continuous trustful cooperation with our business partners.

WEIDMULLER GROUP ACQUIRES THE BUSINESS OF EMPHATIC INC.

Green Hydrogen for a Successful Energy Transition

Green Hydrogen for a Successful Energy Transition

07/07/2021

Weidmüller has joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance

Green Hydrogen for a Successful Energy Transition

Successful Title Defence: Weidmüller Wins German Innovation Award 2021

Successful Title Defence: Weidmüller Wins German Innovation Award 2021

05/18/2021

High-performance inkjet printer PrintJet CONNECT receives innovation award from German Design Council

Successful Title Defence: Weidmüller Wins German Innovation Award 2021

Klippon Connect TTB Range for Instrument Transformer Wiring - Simple, fast and safe wiring of current and voltage transformers

Klippon Connect TTB Range for Instrument Transformer Wiring - Simple, fast and safe wiring of current and voltage transformers

05/10/2021

Weidmuller’s TTB measuring transformer terminal block series is a unique systematic offering of modular terminals that meet all the connection requirements of critical transformer (current/voltage) protection and measurement functions.

Richmond, Virginia – Weidmuller’s TTB measuring transformer terminal block series is a unique systematic offering of modular terminals that meet all the connection requirements of critical transformer (current/voltage) protection and measurement functions. The series is approved according to IEC 60947-7-1 Annex D – safety-relevant components captively connected to the modular terminal block. In addition, North American approvals; such as, UL/CSA (cURus) are available as well.

The measuring transformer terminals of the TTB series have been specially developed for use in secondary circuits of measuring transformers. For safe application when disconnecting or isolating protection of measuring devices, the terminal short-circuits the current transformer and thus prevents high voltages from occurring in the secondary winding. One of the most important advantages of the new transformer terminal is the "close-before-open" contact for up to four connections. It ensures that the current transformer within the terminal is short-circuited before it is disconnected from the rest of the transformer circuit. This prevents the voltage at the current transformer from running up and protects it from damage or even destruction. After short-circuiting the current transformer (CT) side and simultaneously disconnecting the primary side, the meter can be easily and safely checked via relay test or replaced. The combination of a disconnecting lever and short-circuit bridge in a single system provides the possibility of forced short-circuit functionality to guarantee simple and safe wiring.

Thanks to the patent-pending Comparative Measurement (CM) lever connection, two terminal blocks can be selectively disconnected in order to interconnect a calibrated measuring device. After the measurement, the captive lever is reset to the original position, leaving the "close-before-open" contact active which is a unique feature of the TTB series that guarantees the highest safety for personnel and equipment. The switching state of the TTB series instrument transformer terminals is easily visible in all lighting conditions based on color coding. The disconnect lever can be operated by hand or with a standard screwdriver. It also facilitates the realization of multi-pole actuations.

The measuring transformer terminal blocks of the TTB series also adapt flexibly to different customer specifications. The integrated combination foot allows mounting on the two common mounting DIN rail profiles TS32 and TS 35. In addition, the terminal blocks are available with either PUSH IN or screw connection technology. A transparent protective cover system is available for particularly sensitive applications. Its cover can only be fixed when all connection components are in their initial position. In this way, the assembly is comprehensively protected against incorrect operation, unauthorized access and contamination without impairing visual inspection.

The TTB series carries an electrical rating of 300-600V/5-30A/AWG 22 -8.

Klippon Connect TTB Range for Instrument Transformer Wiring - Simple, fast and safe wiring of current and voltage transformers

Annual press conference 2021

Annual press conference 2021

04/13/2021

Weidmüller Generates Sales of €792 Million in 2020 in Particularly Challenging Market Environment

Annual press conference 2021

With green hydrogen to a successful energy transition

With green hydrogen to a successful energy transition

03/13/2021

Weidmüller founding member of the "AquaVentus" sponsoring association

With green hydrogen to a successful energy transition

Weidmüller Strengthens International Focus and Engineering Expertise for the Process Industry

Weidmüller Strengthens International Focus and Engineering Expertise for the Process Industry

03/08/2021

The newly founded Klippon Engineering is responsible for a worldwide network of engineering and service expertise.

Richmond, Virginia – The newly founded Klippon Engineering is responsible for a worldwide network of engineering and service expertise. With its own sales team, application experts, affiliated production and assembly sites, product and application-specific solutions will be developed, certified and implemented in the future. "With our concentrated experience of six decades, we are at our customers' side as a competent partner in numerous areas of the process industry. We are strengthening our commitment in a growth market, in keeping with our tradition and history, and are positioning ourselves for future requirements," Dr. Timo Berger, Chief Sales Officer of the Weidmüller Group said.

Over the years, Weidmüller has successfully established the "Klippon" brand in the process industry for high-quality solutions in connection technology, communication and digitization, as well as for components for hazardous areas and engineering services. Klippon Engineering continues this tradition as a certified and globally active company, developing solutions for industries such as oil, gas & LNG, chemicals & pharmaceuticals, water & wastewater treatment, mining, minerals & metallurgy, pulp & paper, glass, hydrogen and power-to-X.

"Our focus is on the development of application and customer-specific solutions, especially in the field of explosion protection. Increasingly, this involves extending the useful life of existing plants, for example through solutions for simple and rapid migration when process control technology is modernized", says Jonathan Lane, Managing Director of Klippon Engineering UK Limited.

With the new company, Weidmüller is further expanding its international commitment. With its experts in Asia, the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates, Germany as well as the UK and Weidmüller's other manufacturing locations, Klippon Engineering is now active worldwide.

Learn more about Klippon Engineering

Weidmüller Strengthens International Focus and Engineering Expertise for the Process Industry

Weidmüller IoT Gateway: the all-rounder for all IoT applications

Weidmüller IoT Gateway: the all-rounder for all IoT applications

02/18/2021

Plant automation has been undergoing rapid transformation for years. Weidmüller has always addressed and driven forward the requirements resulting from such change, with the development of smart components like IoT Gateway 30, for example. It establishes the much-required connection from the sensor to the cloud. By acquiring and pre-processing machine data, it ensures that operating costs are kept low.

Weidmüller IoT Gateway: the all-rounder for all IoT applications

Weidmuller WPD - New Color Offering

Weidmuller WPD - New Color Offering

02/15/2021

Weidmuller’s steadfast commitment to setting the world standard in wire termination technology makes Weidmuller the acknowledged world leader. By using the best materials and the best technology, Weidmuller provides the safest and most innovative connection solutions available in a wide area of industrial applications.

Richmond, Virginia- In expanding our commitment to providing standard duty connections, Weidmuller is proud to announce the addition of a new color-coded Power Distribution Block series to our already impressive selection of IP 20 feed-through terminals. These DIN rail/direct mountable blocks are intended for distributing main power sources for low voltage (600V AC/DC, 30-310A) applications, utilizing large wire sizes, and of course, maintaining finger-safe connections. Further, these distribution blocks allow for multi-pole assembly with built-in joiners to gang blocks together to generate two and three-phase groupings.

Weidmuller W-Series Power Distribution (WPD’s) blocks are not your typical distribution blocks: they are clearly designed with the future in mind. They minimize installation costs by unifying power connections in the control cabinet to a single bus module instead of the always bulky and sometimes non-finger safe traditional barrier style blocks. Manage multiple load connections from one to nine poles with a single WPD. Line and Load connections are designed to grip a wide range of wire sizes (AWG 14 - 3/0) making inventory selection for numerous requirements a snap. With application flexibility, reduced installed cost, and safety included, the Weidmuller Power Distribution Blocks deliver power and performance.

- Available in current ranges from 30 A to 310 A at 600 V - AC/DC

- IEC finger-safe design

- UL 94 V), halogen free materials

- IP 20 (NEMA 1)

- DIN rail or direct mount compatible.

Weidmuller WPD - New Color Offering

OMNIMATE POWER BUS WINS CONTROL ENGINEERING’S 2021 ENGINEER’S CHOICE HONORABLE MENTION

OMNIMATE POWER BUS WINS CONTROL ENGINEERING’S 2021 ENGINEER’S CHOICE HONORABLE MENTION

02/12/2021

Weidmüller is excited to announce that our Omnimate Power BUS has been named the Honorable Mention in the Power – Energy, Power Protection category in Control Engineering’s 2020 Engineers’ Choice Awards.

Richmond, Virginia - With multi-axis amplifiers used for controlling large numbers of drives, the correct solution is to have busbar systems for the DC link and the 24 V control voltage. Weidmüller has developed a modular busbar solution for this purpose. The system consists of connection blocks (BUS-connector - PB-Con) with spring contacts to accommodate the busbars, as well as a screw contact to the respective printed circuit board of a device. The connection block is used for both the mechanical and the electrical connection of the busbar. The busbars are available in two versions. To supply power to the axis system, the spring contact runs the full length of the connection block. This enables a power supply of up to 160 A to be fed to the busbar system. The drive modules are connected together using busbar connectors in 50 mm, 100 mm or modular lengths, depending on the width of the device. Insulation end caps provide finger-safe closure.

Another benefit of the system is that it is suitable for both top and front mounting onto devices. The spring contact system has tolerance compensation for module offsets of up to +-2 mm, which gives the device designer a degree of freedom to attach the DC link connections to the device either on the front or from above. This means that the system can be perfectly adapted to the installation conditions of the respective group of devices.

The Weidmüller solution benefits everyone involved. The user can install the busbars quickly, easily and without any tools. The busbar connectors snap into place, which increases the mechanical stability. The tolerance compensation enables the axis group to be easily fastened to the control cabinet mounting plate. The design is finger-safe and allows for the quick replacement of individual drive modules in a group of axes.

And it is just as advantageous for device developers: The Weidmüller system is designed entirely for the sizes and technical data of typical multi-axis servo amplifiers. Different module widths are possible for power supplies and drive modules. The use of registered UL components means that UL approval is straightforward. At the same time, there is no need for any development effort or investment regarding a proprietary solution, which in turn reduces project lead times.

OMNIMATE POWER BUS WINS CONTROL ENGINEERING’S 2021 ENGINEER’S CHOICE HONORABLE MENTION

More & Less: RockStar Moduplug

More & Less: RockStar Moduplug

01/11/2021

The new RockStar® ModuPlug terminal block modules with PUSH IN connection technology re-invents control cabinet wiring.

Richmond, Virginia - The new RockStar® ModuPlug terminal block modules with PUSH IN connection technology re-invents control cabinet wiring. The innovative terminal solution in the connector frees up space in the cabinet and reduces the time needed for installation. Using the individual modules, combine all the necessary functions for power, signal, data and pneumatics transmission in a single interface. The modules reduce the amount of space required and cut costs as compared with fixed-pole inserts and other modular plug-in connector systems.

The frames and modules can be installed and integrated into HDC housings with the IP65 and IP68 protection classes. You can even use RockStar® ModuPlug in existing applications without the need to make system adjustments.

You save installation space, weight and costs: choose now between four different module widths. The halved pitch size allows twice the number of module slots in the frame. The reduced pitch separation creates more functionality in the same installation space. The innovative design of RockStar® ModuPlug offers several benefits: a two-point fixture allows assembly and disassembly without tools. The fixed locking position provides for stability, meaning the modules can be assembled faster and easier. Incorrect connection is avoided through special round and rectangular coding.

Quickly and easily configure your individual plug-in connector online. The RockStar® ModuPlug Online Configurator enables fast and easy compilation of frames, modules, contacts and accessories using drag & drop. Visit https://bit.ly/3o1IScU to configure your RockStar Moduplug.


More & Less: RockStar Moduplug

Weidmuller’s TFI-Series

Weidmuller’s TFI-Series

09/21/2020

Weidmuller presents its new compact TFI-Series relays for building and factory automation. These compact timing relays for universal applications in factory and building automation fulfill many functions in industrial environments. Timing relays are used in automation technology in order to compensate for errors caused by high clock rates. Short pulses are extended and are reliably identified by downstream control components.

Richmond, Virginia -Weidmuller presents its new compact TFI-Series relays for building and factory automation. These compact timing relays for universal applications in factory and building automation fulfill many functions in industrial environments. Timing relays are used in automation technology in order to compensate for errors caused by high clock rates. Short pulses are extended and are reliably identified by downstream control components.

The new timing relay portfolio includes 5 different devices with functions: Star-delta start, Clock generator, Multifunction, On-delay and Off-delay. With the portfolio, we address the most important applications in building and factory automation. This relay portfolio has easy configuration by rotatory switches, according to the international standard EN 61812 for timing relays and approved cULus listed for the North American market. Along with cULus approval, TFI has recessed potentiometer buttons, analog indication of LED, a temperature range from -25 C to +60 C and is also CE-certified.

TFI time relays have a compact industrial design in 1 CO and or 2 normally open contacts. With a wide temperature range, and continuous current from 3 to 8 Amp versions available, from a technical perspective, these timer relays cover the most critical of applications in various industrial functions.

Weidmuller’s TFI-Series

New AAP 11 & 12 Control Voltage Distribution Terminal Block for Space Saving Requirements

New AAP 11 & 12 Control Voltage Distribution Terminal Block for Space Saving Requirements

09/18/2020

Weidmuller introduces a new terminal block offering to provide an alternate solution managing control voltage distribution for Machinery/Controls equipment within the Process and Power Generation Industries.

Richmond, Virginia - Weidmuller introduces a new terminal block offering to provide an alternate solution managing control voltage distribution for Machinery/Controls equipment within the Process and Power Generation Industries. The AAP 11&12 double output control voltage terminal series is designed to reduce cabinet space, when compared to traditional terminal setups by 30-40% and is ideally suited for applications where there is limited panel space. With an 8mm width, the new AAP 11&12 double distribution terminal series offers one of the highest wiring densities among Push IN terminals. Offering a wide conductor acceptance range for 8-6AWG (Pwr. Input) to 22-10AWG (Cntrl. voltage distribution feeds) and electrical ratings via UL for 300-600V/55A.

Weidmuller’s AAP 11&12 integrates a single power connection for an incoming conductor with six independent output connections within one terminal. This new design includes corresponding jumpering channels that accommodate the connection of pluggable jumpers to distribute voltage amongst adjacent terminals. Depending on control voltage distribution requirements, the AAP 11&12 terminal series offers color-coded push buttons for quick visual identification of intented potentials and clear marking identification. The new AAP 11&12 series features Weidmuller’s standard vibration-proof and maintenance-free Push IN clamp termination technology and is electrically rated for 300*/600V/38*-55A/22*-6AWG to cURus standards. *AAP 11 terminal series

Weidmuller is the leading provider of solutions for the transmission of power, data, and control signals in industrial environments. The company develops, produces, and sells industrial electronics, network infrastructure components, and connectivity solutions such as wireless solutions, industrial ethernet, relays, power supplies, i/o modules, printed circuit board connectors, terminal blocks and complete DIN Rail assemblies. The Weidmuller group has a strong international focus with manufacturing and sales locations in over 70 countries.

New AAP 11 & 12 Control Voltage Distribution Terminal Block for Space Saving Requirements

SPE System Alliance: Cross-industry and cross-application alliance for Single Pair Ethernet technology

SPE System Alliance: Cross-industry and cross-application alliance for Single Pair Ethernet technology

09/01/2020

Weidmuller has created a technology partnership between Phoenix Contact, Reichle & De-Massari (R&M), Fluke Networks, and Telegärtner for the Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) has progressed to create the SPE System Alliance.

Richmond, VA – Weidmuller has created a technology partnership between Phoenix Contact, Reichle & De-Massari (R&M), Fluke Networks, and Telegärtner for the Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) has progressed to create the SPE System Alliance. The partners in this group are pursuing the goal of driving the development of SPE further forward for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and may branch out to other areas as well. The System Alliance has now also been joined by Datwyler, Kyland, Microchip Technology, Rosenberger, SICK, O-Ring, Draka/Prysmian Group, and University 4 Industry.

The network aims to collaborate on the technological challenges faced when implementing SPE in IIoT applications. The goal of the companies is to accelerate their own development of expertise in SPE technology and to allow it to be implemented faster and more reliably in their products.

Through this orientation toward a cross-industry and cross-application exchange platform, companies from all future SPE ecosystems are coming together. The focus is not, however, on individual aspects such as connection technology. Instead, the focus is on questions and challenges that continue to exist with many market participants in connection with SPE. Rule exchange formats and collaborative project activities provide the freedom for close cooperation. The members are already working together in the first sub-communities, in the fields of connection technology, standardization, SPE use-case reports, and even for cable solutions, among others.

Thanks to its broad lineup, the SPE System Alliance already covers a large range of applications and fields of application:

Automotive FieldBuilding

AutomationPassive industrial cabling field of connectivity

Sensor Technology

Cables and Lines

Ethernet in general and SPE in particular play a central role in the establishment of the Industrial Internet of Things. Often, however, the need for further training of employees is not considered when introducing such technologies. This is where University4Industry helps with online learning content from various areas of IIoT, e.g. on the topic of Ethernet APL.

The SPE System Alliance is an open platform for companies that want to further advance SPE technology on the market. Details and options for contacting the System Alliance are available on the website www.singlepairethernet.com .

SPE System Alliance: Cross-industry and cross-application alliance for Single Pair Ethernet technology

Weidmuller’s topGuard Electric Load Monitoring

Weidmuller’s topGuard Electric Load Monitoring

09/01/2020

In industrial IoT, all the components of a production environment are interconnected via a digital infrastructure and must therefore be capable of communicating with each other – the power supplies included. This why Weidmüller's PROtop devices also feature the topGUARD load monitoring system and a plug-in communication interface.

Richmond, Virginia - In industrial IoT, all the components of a production environment are interconnected via a digital infrastructure and must therefore be capable of communicating with each other – the power supplies included. This why Weidmüller's PROtop devices also feature the topGUARD load monitoring system and a plug-in communication interface. topGUARD is a modular electronic load output system comprising a feed-in module and several connected output modules. The output modules are available with both fixed and freely adjustable fuse ratings up to 12 A per module. Voltage-adaptive Class 2 load monitoring enables operating voltages of 18 V – 30 V DC to be consistently applied for the first time for NEC-compliant distribution. In the event of an overload or a short circuit, topGUARD will shut down the affected channel.

However, the highlight of the system is the communication module, which can be used to retrofit both the PROtop power supply as well as the topGUARD load monitoring system. The standardized IO-Link technology (IEC 61131-9) allows users to transmit data while also ensuring data transparency and providing remote-controlled operation of the topGUARD load monitoring. The communication module, for example, allows each module to be monitored for voltage and current output, as well as switching the individual channels on and off and resetting them in the event of a fault. The modules can also be parameterized directly via the controller. Operating data is recorded in an IODD file.

The communication module was designed as a retrofit solution and is simply plugged in. Changes to the actual power supply are unnecessary. Users can therefore start off with a classic system and expand it as and when required. Currently supported communication protocols are I/O-Link and CANopen with others in the planning. This means that operators can change their bus system whenever they wish with minimum effort, but more importantly it allows them to create a truly end-to-end communication structure.

Communication-enabled load monitoring offers remote control options, provides operating data for optimal status monitoring and enables the 24/48 V system to be reliably monitored and protected. This intelligent networking between machine, control cabinet and IT system opens up completely new control, monitoring and analysis solutions. With its communication-enabled load monitoring system topGUARD, Weidmüller is giving machine and system operators the ability to develop new services for diagnosing and optimizing their processes for the first time. Simply put, the system generates added value from machine data.

topGUARD makes selective circuit protection fit for digitization as the modules enable process data to be transferred to to a higher-level control system. This ensures networking with other system components. The power supply or load monitoring system can be controlled remotely and integrated into the condition monitoring system, thereby reducing power consumption and the planning of maintenance work. This significantly increases the functional reliability and profitability of a wide range of systems – such as food and packaging systems in 24/7 operation as well as hard-to-reach offshore wind farms.

Weidmuller’s topGuard Electric Load Monitoring

Weidmüller receives German Innovation Award 2020

Weidmüller receives German Innovation Award 2020

07/08/2020

Flexible control system for automation and digitalisation wins over the jury at the important innovation award.

Weidmüller receives German Innovation Award 2020

Weidmuller’s D SERIES DRI/DRM Relays

Weidmuller’s D SERIES DRI/DRM Relays

06/02/2020

Weidmuller Inc.’s D-SERIES offers economical relays for the separation of input and output signals in industrial automation.

Weidmuller’s D SERIES DRI/DRM Relays

SPE System Alliance: Cross-industry and cross-application alliance for Single Pair Ethernet technology

SPE System Alliance: Cross-industry and cross-application alliance for Single Pair Ethernet technology

04/23/2020

The technology partnership between Phoenix Contact, Weidmüller, Reichle & De-Massari (R&M), Fluke Networks, and Telegärtner for the Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) has progressed to create the SPE System Alliance.

SPE System Alliance: Cross-industry and cross-application alliance for Single Pair Ethernet technology

Combination of technology and expertise for smart cabinet building

Combination of technology and expertise for smart cabinet building

04/21/2020

Weidmüller, Komax, Zuken and Armbruster Engineering set up the "Smart Cabinet Building" initiative for new solutions in the field of control cabinet building

Combination of technology and expertise for smart cabinet building

Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer

04/16/2020

Weidmuller Inc. has partnered with Three Crosses Distilling Co. in Powhatan, Virginia to produce hand sanitizer to support organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hand Sanitizer

VPU AC Series

VPU AC Series

04/01/2020

Varitector PU AC Series Surge Protection

VPU AC Series

PROtop Wins Award

PROtop Wins Award

03/05/2020

Protop Wins Control Engineering’s 2020 Engineer’s Choice Award

PROtop Wins Award

Weidmüller wins German Design Award 2020

Weidmüller wins German Design Award 2020

02/17/2020

Relay modules from the electrical engineering firm are recognised for simple handling thanks to special product design – the family-owned company is presented with the Design Award by the German Design Council

Weidmüller wins German Design Award 2020

FrontCom Vario

FrontCom Vario

11/22/2019

Efficient, flexible access to systems and processes

FrontCom Vario

IO-Link Master Module

IO-Link Master Module

11/05/2019

Remote I/O Communication and counter modules: IP20 and IP67

IO-Link Master Module

Weidmüller continues its success story in China

Weidmüller continues its success story in China

07/31/2019

After an eight-month construction phase, the electrical engineering company moves into its new production facility in the Chinese city of Suzhou, creating more space for growth

Weidmüller continues its success story in China

Insta-Power

Insta-Power

07/11/2019

Single-phase, primary clocked switched-mode power supplies – compact, reliable and economical – with PUSH IN connection system

Insta-Power

ORing Industrial Networking

ORing Industrial Networking

06/14/2019

Acquisition of shares in the Taiwanese family-owned company strengthens Weidmüller’s competence in network infrastructures and solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

ORing Industrial Networking

Weidmüller acquires shares in ORing Industrial Networking

Weidmüller acquires shares in ORing Industrial Networking

06/12/2019

Acquisition of shares in the Taiwanese family-owned company strengthens Weidmüller’s competence in network infrastructures and solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Weidmüller acquires shares in ORing Industrial Networking

maxGuard wins 2018 Silver PE Award

maxGuard wins 2018 Silver PE Award

05/02/2019

maxGUARD wins a Plant Engineering 2018 Product of the Year Award

maxGuard wins 2018 Silver PE Award

Cabtite Cable Entry System

Cabtite Cable Entry System

04/17/2019

Provides Flexible Management of Pre-assembled Cables

Cabtite Cable Entry System

Double-digit sales growth: Weidmüller increased sales in 2018 to EUR 823 million

Double-digit sales growth: Weidmüller increased sales in 2018 to EUR 823 million

04/01/2019

In the 2018 financial year, the Detmold-based Weidmüller Group generated sales of EUR 823 million. Sustained by an excellent market environment, this corresponds to year-on-year growth of 11 per cent (2017 sales: EUR 740 million)

Double-digit sales growth: Weidmüller increased sales in 2018 to EUR 823 million

Weidmuller Products for Emerson’s DeltaV Alliance Product Program

Weidmuller Products for Emerson’s DeltaV Alliance Product Program

03/28/2019

Weidmuller Safety Relays and Terminal Blocks Selected for Emerson’s DeltaV Alliance Product Program

Weidmuller Products for Emerson’s DeltaV Alliance Product Program

Weidmüller and IDEC announce strategic partnership

Weidmüller and IDEC announce strategic partnership

03/19/2019

The close cooperation between Japanese and German companies in the field of connection technology focuses on terminal blocks with PUSH IN connection technology

Weidmüller and IDEC announce strategic partnership

Handover within the Weidmüller Executive Board

Handover within the Weidmüller Executive Board

03/18/2019

Dr. Timo Berger will succeed José Carlos Álvarez Tobar as Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of Weidmüller as of September 1st, 2019. Already as of March 1st, 2019 Dr. Berger and Mr. Álvarez Tobar will enter into a close collaboration

Handover within the Weidmüller Executive Board

Weidmüller once again Top Employer 2019

Weidmüller once again Top Employer 2019

02/14/2019

For the eleventh time running, the Top Employers Institute has certified Weidmüller as a Top Employer for Engineers 2019

Detmold, 14 February 2019. The Detmold-based electrical engineering company Weidmüller has once again been certified as a Top Employer for Engineers 2019 by the Top Employers Institute. On the basis of a multi-stage analysis process, the family-owned company convinced the independent expert jury of its attractiveness for engineers. “We are delighted to have been certified as a German Top Employer for Engineers for the eleventh time running,” says Andreas Grieger, Head Global Human Resources at Weidmüller.

Weidmüller particularly caught the jury's attention with its outstanding employee orientation. “This award from an independent organisation proves that we are able to shape growth and the challenges of digitalisation and Industry 4.0 in an employee-focused manner,” explains Grieger. “We have also ensured first-class working conditions in our new Customer and Technology Centre and we have been supporting the individual needs of our employees with various attractive options for many years.” Besides professional training and educational opportunities at our Academy, we offer an extensive health management programme for employees covering various sport and healthcare options as well as work-life balance.

The Top Employers Institute was founded in 1991 and examines employers around the world who have outstanding staff management and strategies in place. The participating companies are evaluated in terms of their Talent Strategy, Staff Planning, Onboarding, Training and Development, Career and Succession Planning, Compensation & Benefits and Corporate Culture. This year, the Top Employers Institute certified more than 1,500 employers in 118 countries. “We believe that all the companies certified in 2019 offer outstanding conditions for employees. The development and promotion of company employees sits at the heart of these companies' actions, and these Top Employers are making a significant contribution towards shaping the working world in the long term, which is why they deserved to be honoured as an Employer of Choice,” explains David Plink, CEO of the Top Employers Institute.

Weidmüller once again Top Employer 2019
Bernd Konschak, Senior HR Manager Marketing at Weidmüller (l.), and Frank Pellmann, Executive Vice President HR Management (r.), gratefully accepted the prize.

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Weidmüller wins German Design Award 2019

Weidmüller wins German Design Award 2019

02/08/2019

The German Design Council honoured the Detmold-based electro-technology company for the outstanding product design of its terminal blocks

Frankfurt am Main / Detmold, 8 February 2019. The electrical engineering company Weidmüller received the German Design Award 2019 from the German Design Council for its innovative range of terminal blocks “Klippon Connect” in the Excellent Product Design Industry category, at a celebratory event during the Ambiente trade fair in Frankfurt am Main. The terminal block convinced the international jury, primarily because it is easy and convenient to use. “During the development stage, we attached a great deal of importance to ergonomics, functionality and usability. So we were even more delighted that this was recognised with the German Design Award,” explains Arnd Schepmann, Head of Business Unit Terminals at Weidmüller.

The clear and straightforward product structure of the terminal block won over the 46 design specialists from 11 countries during the evaluation. “In terms of the design concept, the handling and orientation of the product for the customers were a top priority for us,” emphasises Andreas Rutz, responsible Team Leader Innovation and Strategy at Weidmüller. An industrial designer was also involved to assist with the design process to create the perfect product. “This award proves to us that we have chosen the right approach with the design of our terminal blocks and that our expectations for the product have been met,” continues Schepmann.

The German Design Award presented by the German Design Council recognises pioneering products and projects within the German and international design landscape. This year, the German Design Award received more than 5,400 entries from 63 countries in the area of product and communication design. Across the 55 categories, they chose a total of 50 Gold Awards.

Weidmüller wins German Design Award 2019
Andreas Rutz (l.) and Arnd Schepmann (r.) were delighted to receive the award in the Excellent Product Design Industry category.

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Weidmüller brings intelligence into production

Weidmüller brings intelligence into production

01/24/2019

For the first time, the electrical engineering enterprise presents a demonstrator for an intelligent plug-in connector at the Hannover Messe Preview, which enables the transmission, measurement and analysis of energy.

Hannover / Detmold, 24 January 2019. Although there are still ten weeks to go before the world's biggest industrial trade fair Hannover Messe opens its doors, visitors were already able to receive a foretaste of the most important trends and tendencies from the 72nd edition of the fair at the official Preview. Under the motto "Integrated Industry – Industrial Intelligence", in Hanover the electrical engineering specialist Weidmüller from Detmold presents a demonstrator for an intelligent plug-in connector, which enables the transmission, measurement and analysis of energy. "Plug-in connectors are the interface between machines, controller and data processing systems and thus form the basis for the functionality, the easy handling and the reliability of the automation technology", explains Weidmüller Press Officer Carsten Nagel. "With the intelligent plug-in connector we adopt the motto of the fair and bring intelligence into production".

The demonstrator presents the practical advantages of contactless transmission of measurement and production data. This includes, among other things, the measurement of conductivity via a plug-in connector, such that further components can be eliminated. The Smart Connector ensures that the electronics, sensors and actuators, as well as the communication interfaces, can be combined in the smallest of spaces. Moreover, integrated monitoring provides an overview of the current functionality level. Faults and failures can therefore be significantly reduced. All this optimises the process on many levels, saves costs and accelerates production. "Integrating sensor and diagnostic functions opens up completely new application fields in industry and makes additional sensors partly superfluous", explains Marc Neu, Product Developer at the Weidmüller Smart Connectivity Competence Center. "With an intelligent plug-in connector, it is possible to detect undesirable behaviour or damage early on and to perform predictive maintenance. This means there is reduced machine downtime and increased efficiency. The plug-in connector also allows seamless transition from the real to the virtual world – without any detours".

The main focus of this year's Hannover Messe is again on products and solutions for Industry 4.0 and therefore for digitalisation. Strategically, Weidmüller is positioned as both a provider and a user in these areas. The hot preparation phase for the coming Hannover Messe starts today with the Preview. "Industrial Intelligence" is the general theme of the fair and is set to advance from a concept to industrial reality over the years to come. "Artificial intelligence and machine learning will gradually find its way into production. In Hanover we will also present other innovations from the field of Machine Learning", explains Nagel.

Weidmüller brings intelligence into production
Product developer Marc Neu (right) explains the functionality of the intelligent connector in detail at the Hannover Messe Preview.

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Combining forces for solutions for digitalisation and automation

Combining forces for solutions for digitalisation and automation

11/27/2018

Weidmüller and KEBA announce strengthened partnership for digitalisation and automation at SPS IPC DRIVES 2018

Nuremberg / Detmold / Linz, 27. November 2018. The electronics company Weidmüller and the Austrian expert for industrial automation KEBA are now collaborating to complement each other's digitalisation and automation portfolios. Both companies announced this partnership on the occasion of SPS 2018 in Nuremberg. The collaboration focuses on shared offers for industrial automation technology with a focus on the area of machinery and plant engineering. Both companies also want to promote the utilisation of artificial intelligence (AI) in automation.

"We are happy to have found an experienced partner in industrial automation with KEBA who will help to complement our automation expertise. Combining u-control and the KEBA Engineering Suite ideally supports our customers with the implementation of ambitious automation concepts and Industry 4.0 solutions," explains Volker Bibelhausen, CTO of the Weidmüller Group. Michael Matthesius, Head of the Automation Products & Solutions division at Weidmüller sees this the same way: "When two excellent companies like Weidmüller and KEBA cooperate, our customers can be sure that one plus one will equal more than two in this case." Gerhard Luftensteiner, CEO of KEBA AG adds: "We are convinced that our product and service offerings for industrial customers complement each other ideally. From now on, customers looking for excellent digitalisation and automation solutions for Industry 4.0 will benefit from our combined expertise."

With the cooperation, Weidmüller with its headquarters in Detmold, Germany, and KEBA based in Linz, Austria, are striving for a coordinated representation at the customer with a focus on the area of machinery and plant engineering in their respective markets. In so doing, the partners will mutually provide relevant components of their portfolios to each other. KEBA will mainly contribute its open software solutions and parts of its control architecture, while Weidmüller will primarily contribute its u-mation product family expanded for SPS 2018 and its innovative industrial analytics offerings to the collaboration. Both companies rely on a close collaboration to further develop the product, solution and service offerings.

KEBA, founded in 1968 in Linz, is an expert for industrial automation with a focus on series machine engineering, robotics and plastics engineering as well as banking automation, electric mobility, logistics solutions, lottery solutions and heating controls. Weidmüller, based in Detmold, Germany, is an expert for automation, digitalisation, communication and connecting components such as software and solutions, especially for industry. Both companies are privately owned.

Combining forces for solutions for digitalisation and automation
Pleased about the future cooperation (from left to right): Michael Matthesius (Head of Automation Products & Solutions Division of the Weidmüller Group), Gerhard Luftensteiner (CEO of KEBA AG), Volker Bibelhausen (Chief Technology Officer of the Weidmülle

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Weidmüller strengthens long-standing collaboration with Zuken and CADENAS

Weidmüller strengthens long-standing collaboration with Zuken and CADENAS

11/21/2018

Shared interface to the two software manufacturers Zuken and CADENAS simplifies the supply of data for the engineering process

Detmold, 21 November 2018. The connection and automation specialist Weidmüller is strengthening its long-standing collaboration with software partners Zuken and CADENAS. The collaboration will focus on the supply of standardised product data. "The collaboration will make it even easier to supply high-quality production information on the basis of the eCl@ss industry standard", explained Gerald Lobermeier who is responsible for Business Development for the “digital product" at Weidmüller. And Joachim Frank, Managing Director of Zuken E3 GmbH stressed that, "We are delighted with Weidmüller's support for the portal. It will enable us to intensify our long-standing collaboration for the benefit of our customers".

Engineering processes today need to be completed with ever-increasing speed, precision and efficiency. This requires the appropriate tools to provide optimum support for the complex planning process. The CADENAS portal is accessed directly from the Zuken CAE Software E3.series. Interested customers can search directly for products of various manufacturers and load the components they need directly into the Zuken CAE tool. "Together with our Weidmüller configurator, this creates enormous advantages, as the connection to the databases and closer collaboration supports the continuous engineering workflow, from planning with E-CAD systems through to documentation", continued Lobermeier.

More information can be found at www.weidmueller.com/configurator, www.zuken.com/e3series or www.cadenas.de.

About Zuken:

Zuken is an international supplier of leading software solutions and consulting services for electronics and electrical engineering development including the preparation of production processes.

The company was established in 1976 and its history has been one of successful technological innovations in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and ECAD, as well as demonstrating a stable financial situation. The unique combination of Zuken's all-round experience, technological know-how and flexibility means it can supply superlative software solutions. Transparent procedural models and reliability in all aspects of collaboration with customers form the basis of a lasting and successful partnership with customers. You can find more information about the company and its products at www.zuken.com.

About CADENAS:

CADENAS is a leading software manufacturer in Strategic Parts Management and Parts Reduction (PARTsolutions) as well as electronic CAD product catalogues (eCATALOGsolutions). With its customised software solutions, the company acts as a link between component manufacturers, their products and buyers.

With 300 employees in 18 international locations, the name CADENAS (Spanish for process chains) has represented success, creativity, advice and process optimisation since 1992.

For more information please go to: www.cadenas.de

Weidmüller strengthens long-standing collaboration with Zuken and CADENAS
In combination with the Weidmüller Configurator, there are many advantages regarding to this intensified cooperation.

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Weidmüller presents new solutions for automation and digitalisation at SPS IPC Drives 2018 in Nuremberg

Weidmüller presents new solutions for automation and digitalisation at SPS IPC Drives 2018 in Nuremberg

11/19/2018

At the leading trade fair for automation, Weidmüller will be focusing on intelligent digital solutions based on IoT-capable components, software and services.

Detmold, 19. November 2018 Europe's leading trade fair for electrical automation, SPS IPC Drives, takes place from 27 to 29 November 2018 in Nuremberg. The Weidmüller Group will be presenting new solutions for digitalisation and automation at Stand 351 in Hall 9. In addition to the dialogue with customers, the focus is on digital solutions based on IoT-capable components, software and services. "Using our new 'IoT Demonstrator powered by u-mation', we can demonstrate our automation portfolio including u-control and the u-create studio software tool. We also provide the infrastructure to operate the system, including routers, switches and the innovative ProTop power supply," says Chief Marketing and Sales Officer José Carlos Álvarez Tobar. For the first time, the company will have two stands at the trade fair as solutions for machine control and system visualisation will also be presented in Hall 7 at the Weidmüller GTI Software GmbH stand.

Automation technology plays central role at Weidmüller

The factory will be able to control itself through intelligent networking and will have the flexibility to adapt to new requirements. The automation solution u-mation from the Detmold-based electrical engineering company combines modular automation hardware as well as engineering and visualisation tools with digitalisation solutions, thus enabling all process levels to be connected – from the sensor to the cloud. From control applications to data-based, predictive machine maintenance through industrial analytics, it thus provides the basis for more efficient production concepts. "With the flexible u-control, the modular u-remote I/O system and the multi-touch panel that is intuitive to operate, customers have access to a comprehensive hardware portfolio that offers high levels of flexibility for configuring individual solutions," says Álvarez Tobar. The company will also present a preview of new functions and further developments of its Industrial Analytics solution for the first time. Artificial intelligence and machine learning methods will be featured.

Modular system concepts thanks to decentralised solutions with FieldPower

Other highlights include modularisation and decentralisation in production. In the future, the implementation of modular system concepts will increasingly require decentralised, adaptable solutions that cover a wide range of functions. Existing systems are also due to be expanded on a decentralised basis. At the trade fair, Weidmüller will demonstrate its FieldPower system that offers a solution for implementing decentralised system and automation concepts in a way that is future-proof and economical. "Whether it's a matter of power distribution for robotics, decentralised power electronics or decentralised automation technology – with the FieldPower system, Weidmüller offers a solution for decentralisation and modularisation," says Álvarez Tobar.

Increasing focus on digitalisation infrastructure

The global increase in the number of smart end devices means that networking requirements are becoming increasingly complex. This also poses new challenges for the infrastructure. Conventional Ethernet bus systems will not be able to meet the demands placed on them by automation technology. New solution concepts will be needed in the future. At the trade fair, Weidmüller will use a demonstrator to show initial technological approaches for end-to-end single pair Ethernet cabling ranging from building systems and technology to sensors in factory automation. "The 'single-pair Ethernet' technology, which is being developed jointly with several partners, makes it possible to transmit Ethernet with two wires instead of eight. This reduction allows significant savings in size, weight and price compared to current solutions," says Álvarez Tobar. For the development of smart connector and infrastructure solutions and industrial connectivity, the Detmold-based company has also recently established a Smart Connectivity Competence Center, which will increasingly focus on these topics.


Weidmüller presents new solutions for automation and digitalisation at SPS IPC Drives 2018 in Nuremberg
For Sales Director José Carlos Álvarez Tobar (right), the dialogue with customers and presenting the latest solutions will once again be in the foreground at SPS IPC Drives this year.

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Weidmüller setting up Smart Connectivity Competence Center at CIIT in Lemgo

Weidmüller setting up Smart Connectivity Competence Center at CIIT in Lemgo

10/15/2018

Close cooperation with the research facilities of CENTRUM INDUSTRIAL IT (CIIT) for the development of smart plug-in connector solutions, infrastructure solutions and industrial electrical connectivity

Lemgo/Detmold, 15 October 2018. The Detmold-based electrical engineering company Weidmüller is expanding its presence within the CENTRUM INDUSTRIAL IT (CIIT) independent research and development centre at the Innovation Campus Lemgo. Weidmüller is setting up a Smart Connectivity Competence Center at the CIIT in order to develop innovations in the field of electrical connectivity and to increase its focus on issues relating to industrial infrastructure. Ten employees from the Device and Field Connectivity division will work even more closely within the CIIT partner network in the future. This is in line with Weidmüller's strategy and follows the company's announcement in December 2017 regarding its plans to increase its activities in Lemgo and promote the development of the Innovation Campus Lemgo. "The aim of the Competence Center is to drive forward research and development relating to smart industrial electrical connectivity, the change of industrial infrastructure and the digital description of products", explains Jörg Scheer, Head of the Device and Field Connectivity division at Weidmüller.

This sees Weidmüller expand, in particular, upon its over ten years of cooperation with the CIIT Science-to-Business centre. The Competence Center will also be able to benefit from optimal support thanks to the proximity to the SmartFactoryOWL, the resident institute Fraunhofer Application Center IOSB-INA and the Institute of Industrial Information Technology (inIT) at the OWL University of Applied Sciences, as well as its participation in the "it's OWL" network. Future development will focus on the issue of industrial infrastructure for power, signals and data, as the process of digitalisation is leading to continual changes in business models, products and working processes as well as in the collaboration between employees and with customers. This leads to the creation of new solutions, products, services and business models, which allow for networking along the value chain. "The trend towards digitalisation in industry requires new solutions, even for components that have previously been purely electromechanical in nature. Plug-in connectors are becoming smart and behave intelligently and will take on innovative additional functions in the future, and they have to operate in infrastructure networks that use DC voltage instead of AC voltage for power distribution", says Scheer. "With the Smart Connectivity Competence Center, we are responding to this development and are intensifying the development of smart plug-in connector solutions and infrastructure solutions".

Weidmüller has already been represented at CIIT in Lemgo for many years in the area of technology development, and the employees from the division mentioned above will serve to further boost the company's presence at the centre. In the future, these employees will work together in close collaboration with the on-site research institutes with the aim of developing the technologies to create market-ready solutions in collaboration with customers.


Weidmüller setting up Smart Connectivity Competence Center at CIIT in Lemgo
Standing in the Smart Connectivity Competence Center at the CENTRUM INDUSTRIAL IT (CIIT), Dr Sascha Nolte, Head of the Smart Connectivity Competence Center, shows what the employees will be working on in Lemgo in the future.

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Protop Wins Control Engineering’s 2020 Engineer’s Choice Award

Protop Wins Control Engineering’s 2020 Engineer’s Choice Award

Weidmüller is excited to announce that our PROtop Power Supply has been named the winner of the Power Supply UPS category in Control Engineering’s 2020 Engineers’ Choice Awards.

Richmond, Virginia – Weidmüller is excited to announce that our PROtop Power Supply has been named the winner of the Power Supply UPS category in Control Engineering’s 2020 Engineers’ Choice Awards. The award will be presented in April of 2020 during the 2020 Engineers’ Choice Awards Manufacturing Dinner in Chicago. The annual Engineer’s Choice Awards are selected by the readers of Control Engineering trade magazine.

Along with our winning entry, Weidmueller was also recognized as honorable mentions for the following products: SAFESERIES SIL Relays / SCS Series has been named the Honorable Mention of the Safety – Process Safety, Intrinsic Safety category. And Weidmüller Varitector PU has been named the Honorable Mention of the Power – Energy, Power Protection category.

For more information on our PROtop family of products, please contact Sherry Heinly (sherry.heinly@weidmueller.com) Marketing Manager for Weidmuller USA.

Protop Wins Control Engineering’s 2020 Engineer’s Choice Award