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Automation Technologies 4/2016

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Innovations in automation connectivity and control devices After decades of incremental evolution in the world of industrial automation, we’re now in the midst of a rapid-fire release of new products featuring innovative technologies and approaches. A prime example of this exciting time for the industrial automation industry is global automation systems component provider, Murrelektronik’s recent release of several products as well as its foray into the U.S. manufacturing market. After recently investing in a new production facility located in Suwanee --a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia -- Murrelektronik has begun manufacturing M8 and M12 cordsets for the first time in the United States -- a big achievement for the German-headquartered company with operations on every continent. The North Georgia facility is an integral part of an expansion strategy designed to bring key products closer to customers in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, streamlining the production and distribution of cordsets throughout North America. This new fully operational facility will operate several flexible production lines, creating M8 and M12 cordsets in three colors, all configurations and five cable types: PVC, PUR/PVC, PUR, Robotic and TPE. Moreover, the facility will bring new production and engineering jobs to the Atlanta area, ranging from line workers and machine maintenance to research and development. Delivering cutting-edge machine power and control Murrelektronik is currently developing its U.S.A.-based supply chain and introducing its Mini-A cables -- marking the first time a Murrelektronik subsidiary is launching a global product, while answering the call to support local markets with local products. The new Mini-A cables serve as the ideal solution for power and control circuit connections, providing 3, 4, or 5 pole head configurations and allowing for ultimate flexibility in powering industrial machines. Specifically designed for control and power distribution for a variety of machines, including motors, heaters, I/O devices, and more, the Mini-A (7/8”) 16 gauge cables carry up to 600 volts, while 18 gauge cables carry up to 300 volts of electromotive force. Designed to be used outside of a machine’s cabinets, Mini-A cables have a water intrusion rating of IEC IP68. The cable range also 01 The new production facility in Atlanta, GA, features two production lines creating M8 and M12 cordsets - this is part of an expansion strategy designed to bring key products closer to customers in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico COMPONENTS AND SOFTWARE

includes a Tray Cable-Exposed Run TPE with FT4 flame rating, a PVC Stoow, and a Halogen Free PUR, ensuring maximum protection from the elements. As with other cables within the Murrelektronik family, the Mini-A cable features couplings with both a knurled ring to allow for finger tightening, as well as a hex nut paired with Murrelektronik’s unique torque wrench used to ensure connectors are tightened to precisely the right degree. The new cables also feature a bright green contact carrier providing a visual indicator that the cables are correctly installed and tightened. Additionally, a molding tray connects to the Mini-A cable allowing users to seamlessly connect to a piece of flexible conduit. Entering the mobile market With its recent acquisition of Data Panel -- a full service manufacturer of custom switch panels, HMI devices, I/O products and controllers for mobile equipment -- Murrelektronik has carved its way into the mobile market. Each company’s combined strengths and customer centric focus now provide customers and distributors with the quality service they have come to expect, along with expanded product offerings; this includes electronic products and control systems for specialty vehicle manufacturers, agricultural machines, construction and railway equipment, rescue vehicles, and road maintenance vehicles. Murrelektronik has a solid product offering that will be the foundation for limitless mobile market growth opportunities. Introducing a revolutionary product for the mobile industry The company wasted no time, diving headfirst into the mobile market with the introduction of the xtreme DB, using Deutsch connectors -- specifically designed for critical applications in harsh environments where dust, dirt, moisture, salt, and rough terrain can contaminate or damage electrical connections and systems. The game-changing distribution blocks are designed to deliver more power and better performance to mobile vehicles, providing up to three times the current carrying capacity compared to blocks of similar size, along with design efficiencies that will help to transform the way control systems are developed by heavy-duty vehicle builders. The xtreme DB block offers a higher current rating than other blocks on the market, eight I/O ports, 16 configurable outputs and stronger, more reliable power distribution. With Deutsch connectivity, one xtreme DB block can do the work of multiple ordinary blocks that use old technology which can be prone to weak or loose connections in harsh locations. Take the rail industry for example, in one competitive application the number of blocks required would drop from 20 to 12, with an accompanying reduction in harness size, shorter cable runs and improved serviceability. Specifically designed to meet the power distribution needs of heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers who build agricultural machines, railway and construction equipment, trucks for fire and rescue, road and utility maintenance, garbage collection, and other mission specific vehicles -- the xtreme DB delivers major quality and 02 The Mini-A (7/8”) cables are the perfect solution for power and control circuit connections, providing 3, 4, or 5 pole head configurations allowing for ultimate flexibility in powering industrial machines About Murrelektronik Murrelektronik, Inc. is the North American branch of Murrelektronik GmbH, established in Oppenweiler, Germany, in 1975. The company now occupies a leading position in both national and international markets, with more than 2,000 employees spread over every continent. More than 40 years of industrial technology experience has solidified Murrelektronik as a worldwide leader in the manufacture of state-of-the-art technology and custom solutions for complex automated industrial systems, network protocols and machine connectivity. Its Data Panel subsidiary designs and manufactures electronic products and control systems for builders of heavy-duty specialty vehicles. 03 The new xtreme DB provides up to three times the current carrying capacity compared to blocks of similar size and it has designed to meet the power distribution needs of heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers who build e.g. agricultural machines, railway and construction equipment performance improvements in a versatile solution. It’s available in five configurations and utilizes J1939, the standard communications network for sharing control and diagnostic information between electronic control units on heavy duty and commercial vehicles. www.murrinc.com AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES 4/2016