Data Transmission Systems

Nexus BB Powerline Communication System

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Nexus BB is a brand new data over power solution for industrial applications, and works across many different conductor profiles including; festoon, cable chain, slip ring, conductor rail, and cable reels. Nexus BB creates a secured hardwired connection through any conductor providing ultimate reliability. The secure signal travels through two of the power conductors, eliminating the need for additional signal conductors.

Nexus BB can be used on new and existing systems to add a secure data communication layer, and does not require any networking expertise or special equipment. Nexus BB can eliminate WiFi for mobile equipment communication, with the same minimal maintenance as a WiFi solution. The innovative design adapts to noisy environments for dependable performance. Nexus BB is a plug and play solution that allows for easy modernization to existing installations with minimal downtime. Nexus BB is a data over power solution that provides a contained signal for ultimate security through signal isolation.

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ProfiDAT®

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ProfiDAT® is a contactless data transfer solution for communication between fixed and mobile control units from Conductix-Wampfler. ProfiDAT® makes it possible to achieve reliable transfer of mixed data (video, audio and real-time control) at very high data rates using Conductix-Wampfler slotted waveguide technology. Data can be safely transferred at rates up to 100 Mbit/s with average latency of only 3ms. The unique configuration of waveguide and mobile antennas results in a system with integrated shielding. This isolation means that ProfiDAT® is license free and can safely transfer data, even in the most challenging radio environments (e.g. shipping container terminals).

ProfiDAT® is excellently suited for integration into conductor rail systems because the waveguide profile has been engineered for dual use as the protective earth (PE) conductor rail. This results in a very compact complete system because an additional PE conductor rail is not required. The ProfiDAT® data transfer system can be combined with multiple available Conductix-Wampfler conductor rail systems.

Main Applications

  • STS Crane (Ship-to-Shore)
  • RTG/E-RTGTM Crane (Rubber-Tired Gantries/ Electrified Rubber-Tired Gantries)
  • Process Crane

Key Features

  • Safe and reliable wireless communication using slotted waveguide technology
  • Real-time data transfer through prioritization of PROFINET data packets
  • PROFIsafe compatible
  • Solutions for expansion joints and separation points
  • Cost saving through dual use of ProfiDAT® as communication channel and protective earth (PE) conductor rail
  • Compact and fully integrable into conductor rail systems

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Standard Application Data

  • Data rate [Mbit/s]:up to 100
  • Real-time capable: Yes (PROFINET)
  • Average latency [ms]: 3
  • Maximum distance (without repeater) [m]: 500
  • Safe communication: Yes (PROFIsafe)
  • Dual use as protective earth (PE): Yes
  • Multiple mobile units in one profile possible: Yes
  • Profile section length [mm]: 5.000
  • External dimensions (profile) [mm]: 50 x 56
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor applications: Yes
  • Temperature range [°C]: -25 bis +50

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ProfiDAT®compact

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ProfiDAT®compact offers the same benefits as our ProfiDAT® system, but being considerable smaller and more flexible. Designed for indoor applications ProfiDAT®compact is suitable for curved tracks as well as applications with switch points. Beside the double function of safe data transmission and protective earth conductor (PE), known from ProfiDAT®, an optical positioning system can be integrated to the slotted waveguide with the help of a positioning strip, offering even further savings of installation space as well as time.

Main Applications

  • Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS)
  • Shuttles
  • Transfer Cars (RGV)
  • Sorter
  • Electrified Monorail Systems (EMS)
  • Skillet Systems

Key Features

  • Data transmission at highest safety and reliability
    • Lowest interference potential with other wireless systems through slotted waveguide technology
    • Real-time data transmission through PROFINET/ PROFIsafe prioritization
    • Worldwide radio country approvals
  • Smart and fully integrated solution through unique 3 in 1 functionality
    • Data transmission
    • Protective Earth conductor rail (PE rail)
    • Positioning strip
  • Considerable installation space savings: most compact slotted waveguide available
  • Considerable reduction of the installation time
  • Simple integration through use of well-known Siemens WIFI transceiver (Scalance W series)
  • Compatible to lifters, transitions, curves, etc.

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Standard Application Data

  • Data rate [Mbit/s]:up to 100
  • WIFI Standard: IEEE802.11 – 5 GHz
  • Data Interface: Ethernet (RJ45)
  • Compatible control Protocols: PROFINET/ PROFIsafe, Ethernet IP
  • Data Transmission: Control Signals + Video/ Audio
  • System lengths: no Limitation (through rapid roaming)
  • Segment lengths [m]: up to 120
  • Number of Consumers per Segment: up to 20
  • Cycle time [ms]: beginning from 32
  • Current for PE function [A]: up to 32 per collector
  • Positioning: Optical bar code or data matrix code

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Rotary Data Transmission

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Fiber Optic Rotary Joint (FORJ) is a means to pass optical signals across a rotating joint.  In this way, the FORJ acts like an electrical slip ring, but with light signals. Light signals can pass through two parts that rotate relative to each other. Using Plastic Optical Fibers (POF) light is transmitted contactless over passive and independent channels. This means long life with no maintenance and without the potential problems that can affect  slip rings such as vibration, humidity, and magnetism.

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