Cost-effective production thanks to high level of system availability – this can be a reality when you have constant access to your production data and can thus deal with problems as quickly as they arise. But what should you do if the cabinet's safety functions or harsh environmental conditions prevent the cabinet door from being opened immediately during operation? The answer is protected service interfaces.
Situations in which authorised personnel have to be called before control elements and functional electronic components can be accessed are thus consigned to the past
Protected service interfaces such as FrontCom® Vario give technicians rapid, safe access to the interior of electrical cabinets at all times
Through the cabinet or enclosure wall, diagnostic hardware, for example, can be connected via a data cable. Direct access can thus be gained to defined processes without the need to waste valuable production time waiting for an authorised service engineer. The guiding principle underlying the design of Weidmüller's FrontCom® Vario family of service interfaces is that they should save work.
It's all in the detail
“We designed every detail of FrontCom® Vario with the aim of making it as easy as possible for our customers to access control elements and functional electronic components,” explains Product Manager Klaus Leuchs.
A multitude of factors to take into account during configuration
A socket and two data connectors, for USB and RJ45, for example – that's the typical configuration for a service interface. But what looks like a simple configuration at first glance, turns out to be more complex in practice. The choice of socket varies depending on the country in which it is to be used, and all aspects of the specific application have to be
Configuration is also easy – thanks to the FrontCom® Vario configurator, which helps planners get the service interface they need in three simple steps
“With our configurator and over 5,000 options to choose from, designers and planners can put together a customised service interface. In three simple steps, you choose the frame, insert plates and interface inserts to suit your exact requirements,” says Leuchs, describing this intuitive configuration procedure. “Upon completion
FrontCom® Vario offers the perfect combination of single frame, communication and power inserts and an insert plate for virtually any configuration
The secret behind the success of this particularly compact design is that the family combines more functions in a single frame than a conventional service interface. Power-supply and signal and data-transmission components can thus be easily accommodated in half the previously required area. This makes the interface an ideal solution for access to distributed cabinets, where any space that can be saved in their design is welcome. Nevertheless, its compact dimensions and versatility make FrontCom® Vario an impressive option with central switch and control cabinets as well.
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Published in November 2014