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era-contact nominated for the innovation prize 2016

The trade journal "Privatbahn Magazin" awards the innovation prize every year in various categories. In 2016 it will be awarded in the following four categories:

  • rail vehicles/locomotives/railcars 
  • components/equipment/railway technology products 
  • route and infrastructure
  • energy and environment

During the internationally important trade fair InnoTrans – the top meeting place for the global railway industry – editors and independent experts were again in attendance, finding out about all the latest product developments to determine the nominees for this year's innovation prize.

In the category "components/equipment/railway technology products" era-contact was nominated for the innovative product "Ethernet Upgrade Solution". This makes era-contact one of the 20 most innovative companies worldwide. The solution makes it possible to easily upgrade existing fleets of rail vehicles with Ethernet or Fast Ethernet.

Find out more about the Ethernet Upgrade Solution here

 

In the coming weeks the prize winners will be selected by a high-carat expert jury from the railway sector – watch this space!

 

New facility – usual high quality:

era-contact invests in a new production facility in the USA

International proximity to our customers is our utmost priority. In order to supply the demand on the American market, era-contact invests in a new production facility with 80.000 sqm industrial space. The whole product range will be offered in the usual premium quality.  Overall, three buildings for production and office space with 3.000 sqm will be build. 

After moving from the current site in Hauppauge, New York, to Pickenspark, South Carolina, 40 new jobs will be provided. World market leader for electrical couplers era-contact will be a direct neighbor of seven international leading companies, including large corporations like Adidas.

Two factors were essential for the choice of location: good accessibility and an outstanding education system with a high practical orientation. These aspects go in line with our core values customer proximity and high quality.

A major advantage is the proximity to the international airports in Charlotte and Atlanta, both reachable within 2 hours. This makes it possible to provide customers with our products in a fast and flexible way. 

From design and realization of prototypes right up to series production the quality of the products is particularly driven by the qualifications of the employees. The majority of the 1.400 employees has been part of the dual education system of the industrial area Pickens in cooperation with local high-schools. In addition to attending school, the teenagers start a practical training after grade 8 to become a mechatronics engineer, industrial mechanic or an electrician and are integrated in the production process right away.  Four years later the teenagers receive along with their high-school diploma a training certificate.

era-contact will generate at least 5 training positions in the next 2-3 years.

We are happy to supply you from our new location with its completion in the middle of 2017.


Plug & Play solution - Rettrofitting in the technology of the future for rail-bound vehicles

Our system with the era-transceiver® can be retrofitted quickly and easily to existing vehicles. This retrofittable solution ensures you all the benefits of flexibility in rail traffic. The era-transceiver® can be used for refurbishment purposes and, of course, for new vehicles.

 The era-transceiver® is the interface for the high-speed data transfer between carriages of rail vehicles. Whereas the era-transceiver® works as an active component, it offers a signal regeneration in the network. Another major advantage of the system is the galvanically decoupled connection. This type of transmission is a secure connection to mechanical vibration and electromagnetic interference pulses, thus ensuring high availability in your train.

Application areas:

· Retrofitting rail vehicles
· Entertainment, video and passenger information systems
· Internet and VPN
· Monitoring systems (real-time video in high picture quality)
· No more need for parallel bus systems (WTB, MVB, train bus)

Functions:

· High-speed data transfer with 100MBit and 1GBit (10GBit in development)
· Offers signal regeneration
· Galvanically decoupled connection
· Voltage free contact as status inquiry
· Various possibilities for interfaces (RJ45, M12, SC)
· Allows a high degree of imprecise clearance / tolerance
· No coupling forces on contacts


era-transceiver 10 GBit/s - For reliable transmission of data signals

The era-transceiver® with optical radio signal is used as interface for the high-speed data transfer between carriages of rail vehicles.

 

 

Application areas:

· Entertainment, video and passenger information systems
· Internet and VPN
· Monitoring systems (real-time video in high picture quality)
· No more need for parallel bus systems (WTB, MVB, train bus)

Functions:

· High-speed data transfer with 100MBit and 1GBit (10GBit in development)
· Offers signal regeneration
· Galvanically decoupled connection
· Voltage free contact as status inquiry
· Various possibilities for interfaces (RJ45, M12, SC)
· Allows a high degree of imprecise clearance / tolerance
· No coupling forces on contacts· Various possibilities for interfaces (RJ45, M12, SC)
· Allows a high degree of imprecise clearance / tolerance
· No coupling forces on contacts


Multi-couplings - Multi-contact systems for electrics, hydraulics, pneumatics and gas

With our decades of experience in coupling production, we can offer you complex customer-specific solutions for combined interface connections in the electrical and hydraulic field. From the idea up to the series, we like to be your development partner.

 

Application areas:

· Quick change systems
· Multi-function couplings
· Insertion boxes
· Difficult to reach maintenance areas
· for any fields of application, such as excavators, vehicle, machine, system technology, electroplating, ...

Benefits:

· Fast change in all fields of application and functional ranges
· Only one coupling for saving time in coupling processes and maintenance
· The compact design saves space and weight
· High availability for a rapid response