Rational installation technology aids machine wiring

Data Panel GmbH, a company in the Murrelektronik Group, now offers an electronic installation solution for mobile machinery that is said to be modular, highly flexible and future-proof

Mobile machinery is still in its infancy when it comes to what Murrelektronik refers to as "rational installation technology". Although cable harnesses and terminal boxes acurrently remain the dominant technology, in recent years more electronic technologies have found their way into machines and this has had a direct effect on the wiring effort for machine builders. Further, manufacturers also have more options in their product range to better cover market requirements, one result of which is that the traditional cable harness and terminal box solutions are increasingly reaching their limits.

Depending on the type of machine, some manufacturers say that due to the weight, the cable harness can only be installed with several helping hands and in some cases, the support of an indoor crane may be required. Machine builders will be aware that another critical situation is that when connecting many individual strands, it is sometimes difficult to ensure that each individual strand is tightened and leakproof. If even a single seal fails, moisture or an operating medium can penetrate into the housing of the controller, sensor or actuator with the net result that the machine can fail.

Simple, fast and error-free assembly 

In March 2020, the Murrelektronik Group founded Data Panel GmbH with the aim of either solving or eliminating the problems and weaknesses just outlined. Its portfolio includes high-quality, decentralised electrotechnical installation solutions for mobile machinery. This modular system (comprising of fieldbus modules, passive distributors and pre-assembled cables) is stated to offer a highly coordinated, modular and pluggable system. Specifically manufactured for the mobile machines market, Murrelektronik claims that the new system has “revolutionised wiring and cabling” and makes it possible to economically work with smaller batch sizes.

The fully encapsulated CANopen fieldbus modules from the company’s xtremeDB product family offer eight slots for inputs or outputs. The signal types (digital, analogue, ratiometric, frequency/counter and encoder signals) can be individually configured for inputs. DO (4A/10A), PWM/PWM(I) and PVG valve controls on the output side round off the signal range. 

Thanks to an end-to-end DT-compatible connection technology, the module, which is made of a reinforced plastic housing material, can be used in machines in which the designer can use pre-assembled sheathed cables or, alternatively, use single wires for connection if preferred. 

The use of passive distributors creates the intermediate step from parallel wiring harness or terminal box wiring to the plugged fieldbus technology and also offers the possibility of bringing "on-board" inputs and outputs on the controller into the field simply and cost-effectively says Murrelektronik. In contrast to the cable harness, the plug-in system allows subsequent expansions or adaptations of the machine electronics without any problems. 

With the complete xtremeDB product family, machine setup and commissioning can be carried out without expert knowledge using Murrelektronik's pre-assembled and tested connection cables based on DT plug-in technology. When these connecting cables are used, the active and passive modules are confirmed to meet IP68, IP66K, and IP69K standards. Alternatively, the cable can be assembled with DT or compatible connectors. The modular system of pre-assembled and tested components and a wide range of accessories ensure a high degree of independence when wiring sensors and actuators. Another advantage of xtremeDB is the independence from cable manufacturers that it provides. Due to the easy handling of the components of the new modular installation system, machine builders are not dependent on their capacity resources. 

In the terminal box, the change of technology results in a significant space saving, since additional input and output modules and the potential terminal level are replaced in addition to the mobile control. This means that signals are no longer wired individually and laboriously "in the box", but simply and efficiently installed -decentralised-  in the machine.  As a result the terminal box can therefore be smaller or possibly, in some cases, even completely omitted. Cable glands (and thus potential weak points) are no longer required. As a result, says Murrelektronik, installation time is reduced to a minimum and when servicing is required, the connecting cables can be quickly and easily replaced on site or repaired with self-attachable plugs.

Cable management is coming along in leaps and bounds
Cable management is coming along in leaps and bounds

Murrelektronik Ltd

5 Albion Street, Pendlebury Industrial Estate
Swinton
Manchester
M27 4FG
UNITED KINGDOM

+44 (0)161 728 3133

sales@murrelektronik.co.uk

www.murrelektronik.co.uk

More from Murrelektronik Ltd

IP67 power supplies for on-machine, decentralised power

Posted 1 year ago

Free white paper: decentralisation of power supplies

Posted 1 year ago

Heavy-duty modular connectors for signals, power and pneumatics

Posted 1 year ago

Connector trends in Industry 4.0

Posted 3 years ago

New video shows benefits of Mico Pro modular current monitors

Posted 3 years ago

Energy efficiency in machine tools

Posted 3 years ago

Start up every drive decentrally with the Emparro67 power supply

Posted 3 years ago

Cube67 in use at sortimat Handling Systems

Posted 3 years ago

Emergency stop button with illuminated reset button

Posted 3 years ago

Mico Pro: modular current monitoring maximises machine uptime

Posted 3 years ago

Easy-to-use IO-Link by Murrelektronik

Posted 3 years ago

Cube67 diagnostics gateway: diagnostics made easy

Posted 3 years ago

Murrplastik launches new laser labelling system

Posted 4 years ago

MVK Metal module enables rapid tool change for robots

Posted 4 years ago

Cube67 fieldbus system reduces setup time

Posted 4 years ago

Cost-effective and space-saving passive distribution boxes

Posted 4 years ago

Buffer modules pay for themselves by preventing downtime

Posted 4 years ago

Murrelektronik's regulated power supply units at a glance

Posted 4 years ago

MIRO Optocoupler: a powerful all-rounder

Posted 4 years ago

Decentralised installation: Power supply in the field

Posted 4 years ago

MASI: Murrelektronik's AS-interface series

Posted 4 years ago

Modlink MSDD programming ports provide convenient, safe access

Posted 4 years ago

Modlink Vario Square: installation as easy as closing the handle

Posted 4 years ago

Murrelektronik and Yacoub Automation agree on close cooperation

Posted 4 years ago

The benefits of active safety for machine builders and end users

Posted 4 years ago

Video insight into Murrelektronik's cordset production

Posted 4 years ago

Murrelektronik presents Smart Automation at Hannover Messe 2016

Posted 4 years ago

Murrelektronik makes motor connectivity easy

Posted 4 years ago

Wide range of cables and connectors available at Murrelektronik

Posted 4 years ago

Murrelektronik makes motors easy to connect

Posted 4 years ago

Standard and custom Industrial Ethernet cables and connectors

Posted 4 years ago

Cube67 fieldbus system: efficient wiring in complex machines

Posted 4 years ago

Emparro 3~ 40A: premium power with preventive diagnostics

Posted 4 years ago

Emergency stop and reset buttons with M12 Port

Posted 5 years ago

Emparro 3-phase for creation of optimum power management systems

Posted 5 years ago

Murrelektronik offers IODD on Board for IO-Link devices

Posted 5 years ago

Meet the Murrelektronik Team on the road

Posted 5 years ago

Benefits of 'bottom up' installation for automation systems

Posted 5 years ago

Murrelektronik will be at the SPS IPC Drives Trade Show

Posted 5 years ago

IP69K stainless steel distribution for Food & Beverage industry

Posted 5 years ago

NEC Class 2 Approval for Murrelektronik's MICO

Posted 5 years ago

PROFIBUS, PROFINET & Murrelektronik host PROFIsafe User Workshop

Posted 5 years ago

Wigan UTC and Murrelektronik offer overseas work placements

Posted 5 years ago

Murrelektronik's AS-Interface products and support

Posted 5 years ago

Industrial Ethernet connectors for high-speed data transfer

Posted 5 years ago

Practical implementation of energy-saving electrical clamps

Posted 5 years ago

IP67 cable connections and more efficient machine building

Posted 5 years ago

Passive distribution boxes prove to be best option for machines

Posted 5 years ago

Murrelektronik's transformers: product quality and protection

Posted 5 years ago

Avoiding downtime: buffer module for 48V applications

Posted 5 years ago

Energy efficient machines - a practical point of view

Posted 5 years ago

Emparro power supplies and MICO current monitors save space

Posted 5 years ago

Small, fast and safe: safety expansion modules for Cube20S

Posted 5 years ago

The new MASI Gateways from Murrelektronik

Posted 5 years ago

High-performance power management for 48V DC applications

Posted 5 years ago

New from Murrelektronik: Emparro 3-phase power supplies

Posted 5 years ago

Cube67: a simple way to measure distance and rotation angles

Posted 5 years ago

Connectors for high-speed data transfer from Murrelektronik

Posted 5 years ago

Murrelektronik's new online shop makes ordering easy

Posted 5 years ago

Space savings made simple with Cube67 fieldbus system

Posted 5 years ago

Rugged fieldbus modules with IRT for time-critical tasks

Posted 6 years ago

MVP12 XTREME - plenty of power for extreme environments

Posted 6 years ago

M12 connectors with Y-Coding: 2 in 1 power & data

Posted 6 years ago

Unmanaged switches in rugged metal housings for IP67 uses

Posted 6 years ago

Emparro67: power supply directly next to the load

Posted 6 years ago

M23 connectors: easy sealed servo motor connections

Posted 6 years ago

Transformers with multi-voltage input for worldwide use

Posted 6 years ago

Fieldbus modules connect 120 drives in pallet conveyor system

Posted 6 years ago

A better alternative to troublesome 24V circuit breakers

Posted 7 years ago

48V DC electronic circuit breaker is 'world first'

Posted 7 years ago

AS-Interface I/O modules use M12 connectors and round cables

Posted 8 years ago

More news
2 days ago
Zero tolerance towards hose re-ending says BFPA
Nigel Thomason, British Fluid Power Association Distributor Chairman, condemned hose re-ending across industry as the UK’s fluid power trade association launched its ‘Choose Q for Quality’ campaign highlighting BFPA Approved Quality Members
2 days ago
New laser micrometer offers greater flexibility
Micro-Epsilon has extended its optoCONTROL 2520 series of optical laser micrometers with a new version offering double the measuring range of its existing version
2 days ago
Self-adhesive gaskets certified for hygiene applications
EMKA has introduced new self-adhesive gaskets that are approved to hygiene standard VDI 6022
3 days ago
Online igus trade show attracts thousands of engineers
Digital engineering support during a pandemic: thousands have visited the igus online trade exhibition
3 days ago
Robotics Innovation Award Nominees 2020
The finalists in the 16th Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics & Automation (IERA) showcases the latest skills robots have acquired to assist humans at work
3 days ago
Guide to choosing the right cable clamp
The integration of electrical and electronic systems into machines and panels always involves addressing wiring, and considering things like strain relief, accessibility, routing, and security. Essentra Components has published a new guide which might prove helpful in these cases
4 days ago
Discover maxon’s new online trade fair
MachineBuilding.net readers can visit the virtual maxon booth to discover the company’s latest products. In addition to the newly announced MiniMACS6 master controller, visitors will find high torque BLDC motors as well as flat motors for robotics and an update on the Mars rover
4 days ago
New prism optic reflector offers 8m range
With the introduction of its Sceptre high-performance prism optic reflector, SICK has extended the range of its deTem 4 A/P multiple light beam system to eight metres
5 days ago
New Always-On vibration and temperature condition monitoring kit
The new FLIR SV87-KIT is said to offer machine builders a low cost, easy-to-configure 24/7 remote vibration and temperature sensing solution
5 days ago
New brochure on standard components for packaging machines
Elesa has published a new brochure dedicated to the packaging industry. It features the company’s full range of standard components for machine designers involved in the wider packaging industry, including bottling and labelling in the food and pharmaceutical sectors