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Co-operation agreement on electronic motor starter

19 April 2011

Phoenix Contact, concluded a co-operation agreement on the electronic Contactron motor starter with SmartWire-DT at the Hannover Messe 2011.

The objective of the collaboration is the development and implementation of a joint strategy on Contactron electronic motor starters and the establishment of SmartWire-DT as a new standard in the communications interface for intelligent switchgear. 

“In the smallest possible space, our Contactron electronic motor starters integrate motor switching and protective functions which were previously separately set up and wired with several traditional switchgear units. They thereby revolutionize the power wiring in the control cabinet. The combination with Eaton’s innovative SmartWire-DT technology now also replaces the complex parallel cabling of the control and signal functions of the switchgear units with a genuine lean connectivity system,” said Roland Bent, Managing Director of Phoenix Contact. “The combination of SmartWire-DT and Contactron technology will enable Eaton and Phoenix Contact in collaboration to considerably streamline control cabinet installation in industry,” he added.

Richard Boulter, Senior Vice President Industrial Control Division, Eaton Industries, commented on the joint project: “The addition to our product range of electronic Contactron motor starters with SmartWire-DT is a logical step for us in making our strategy ‘from lean connectivity to lean automation’ even more attractive to our customers. With it, we can offer both safe, efficient products and compelling end-to-end solutions around the world. Both companies are pooling their respective strengths in high-quality, new solutions in the installation and control of electronic motor starters, and the market will reward us for this.”

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