Safe and reliable: ProfiDAT®compact transmits data between stationary and mobile consumers

Innovative solution tailored to the needs of the automotive industry

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An innovative solution from Conductix-Wampfler tailored to the needs of the automotive industry

March 2020. Conductix-Wampfler, one of the world's leading manufacturers of energy and data management systems for mobile applications, presents a new development for its ProfiDAT® data transmission system. While the established ProfiDAT® has already been successfully used in the field of container handling, overhead cranes or intralogistic applications, the new ProfiDAT®compact is a much smaller and more flexible version that meets the unique requirements of the automotive industry.

ProfiDAT®compact offers 3-in-1 functionality
"ProfiDAT®compact is a slotted waveguide system for continuous data transmission between a local network and mobile consumers moving along a rail," explains Nico Knab, Product Manager at Conductix-Wampfler in Weil am Rhein. "Data is transmitted safely and reliably between a stationary and mobile antenna. The antenna on the mobile unit is guided via sliding contacts on the slotted waveguide profile and extends into the slotted waveguide without contact. The profile is installed along the guide rail, parallel to the power transmitting conductor rail system." ProfiDAT®compact combines three functions that previously needed to be covered by different devices: It handles secure data transmission, serves as a protective earth conductor and can be expanded with an optical positioning system. The combination of these three functions saves space, and reduces costs and installation time.

Compact slotted waveguide system for flexible applications
"The goal was to optimize our already successfully established ProfiDAT® system in order to meet the requirements of further customer groups," explains Knab. "The challenge in developing ProfiDAT®compact was to design a compact system without accepting losses in data transmission." In comparison to ProfiDAT®, the dimensions of the new version have been significantly reduced. ProfiDAT®compact is therefore more flexible and is also suitable for applications with curves, lifts and transitions. It is characterized by a low level of interference with other wireless systems. For example, ProfiDAT®compact can be used for automated storage and retrieval units, shuttles, transfer cars, sorters or electrified monorail systems.

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Conductix-Wampfler is the world’s leading supplier of mobile energy supply and data transmission systems. With own companies and several partners Conductix-Wampfler is present in nearly all relevant countries.

Conductix-Wampfler’s core competence lies in the development, production, consulting and installation of solutions that provide tailor-made answers for all questions to do with energy supply and data transmission for moving consumers.

The customers include crane-construction companies, manufacturers of “people mover” systems, suppliers of warehousing and conveyor technology, the automotive industry, machinery manufacturers and many more...

In addition to its undisputed capabilities in these sectors, the company is remarkable for its expertise in applications, since today, all the typical technologies for the transmission of energy and data are combined under one roof. Festoon systems, conductor rails, energy guiding chains, spring cable reels, motorized cable reels, slip ring assemblies and contactless power transmission systems. For the customers, this means consulting without bias towards a particular product, and the means to achieve the optimum technical implementation for the specific application.

Innovative and tailor-made solutions are not just confined to the products. Instead, Conductix-Wampfler stands for completely consistent concepts that cover everything from the first consultation through to the acceptance of the customized pre-assembly, test procedures, or the on-site installation.  Conductix-Wampfler strengthens its leading position as an expert partner for development , delivery and service, through the performance of these out-of-house services for the customer.