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Global market leader era-contact expands its product range

era-contact is a system supplier for UIC connectors 552, 558 VE, 558 IT-Solution and 541-5 VE

As part of aichele GROUP GmbH + Co. KG, era-contact is the global market leader in the field of electrical railway couplings and is updating its range of UIC connectors for original equipment, retrofitting and refurbishment projects.

The steadily growing demands of the modern rail industry necessitate changes to existing standards. For that reason, and thanks to a wealth of expertise in UIC connectors developed over the course of the company's history, era-contact is shifting its focus. In close cooperation with leading European vehicle manufacturers, it has developed future-oriented designs and optimization measures for UIC connectors. As a specialist in customized solutions, era-contact is able to develop and implement solutions for UIC connectors based on customer requirements, from medium production quantities right through to series production. This new approach focuses on the UIC 552, UIC 558 VE and UIC 541-5 VE connectors. A single-pole connector manufactured in accordance with UIC 552 requirements is also offered to supply power for vehicles which are fitted with a train bus bar.

The UIC 558 VE connector is used for remote control, remote switching and transmission of acoustic information. era-contact manufactures an IT solution for UIC 558 for seamless data transfer.

Setting new standards: era-contact focuses on its customers

Safety issues in the existing standards for the UIC 552 series have been eliminated and the new specifications for grounding individual UIC components have been implemented and are ready for series production. In order to optimize the insulation coordination, the new UIC 552 series has been designed for larger clearance and creepage distances, enabling elevated peak voltages to be absorbed without posing any risk to persons. The simple operation, assembly and safety measures conform not only with the guidelines, but also with the actual operating conditions of the connectors. era-contact's global expertise in production, which as an aichele GROUP company, is sourced from a total of eight production sites on four different continents, facilitates fast and flexible production and supply processes. Moreover, era-contact guarantees the compatibility of its UIC products with all UIC connector components on the market.

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Press release already published by Privatbahn Magazin, Edition 4, July/ August 2017