RICHMOND, VA (November 11, 2016) — The demand for remote maintenance of machines and industrial applications is growing exponentially. Weidmuller’s award winning Industrial Security Routers have provided a secure solution for these applications with virtual private network (VPN) access, network address translation (NAT), and stateful firewall functionality. Weidmuller is using these Security Routers as the basis of their new cloud-based remote maintenance VPN service, u-link. u-link provides quick a secure access to plants and machines all over the world from the cloud making remote maintenance easier and more efficient. This translates to a massive reduction of cost related to downtime.
Weidmuller’s u-link cloud-based solution incorporates an intuitive web-based interface, (the u-link Portal) to allow for easy configuration for the customer’s specific application. The u-link cloud is used as a meeting point, securely connecting the user’s PC running the u-link VPN software, with the u-link enabled Security Router. Once the Security Routers are added to the u-link Portal, users can access network devices, i.e. switches, programmable logic controllers (PLC’s), and other Ethernet capable automation devices for trouble-shooting, maintenance, or PLC program changes.
One of best features of the u-link cloud-based service is the cost. Up to 50 Security Routers can be added to the u-link Portal for free with The Entry version. Customers already using the Weidmuller Security Routers need only to install the latest version of the Security Router firmware for the u-link functionality. License upgrades are also available for 150, 300, 500, and unlimited number of Security Routers.
u-link can be customized to suit any user’s needs, no matter how simple or complex the application may be. Managing users, groups and access rights, adding Security Routers and other user-defined devices can be easily done without in-depth IT expertise. The combination of the u-link Cloud-based Service and Weidmuller’s hardened Industrial Security Router provides customers secure, easy, and efficient access to machines and plants world-wide.
Weidmuller supports customers and partners around the world with products, solutions and services in the industrial environment of power, signal and data. The company develops innovative, sustainable and useful solutions that set standards in Industrial Connectivity today and continually work toward providing solutions for the technology challenges of tomorrow. The Weidmuller Group owns manufacturing plants, sales companies and representatives in more than 80 countries.