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Serial to Fiber-Optic Converters from Weidmuller
New serial to fiber-optic converters.
Richmond, VA — Weidmuller has added to its Industrial Ethernet Portfolio with a new serial to fiber-optic Ethernet converter. The new converters provide a simple and reliable method for integrating serial port devices into industrial Ethernet networks for transmission over longer distances. The serial converters help maintain existing automation components while upgrading the overall infrastructure.

Within large facilities, it is common to transmit serial data to multiple remote devices. The challenge today is overcoming the 15-meter cable length limit when using copper-based interfaces for RS-232. The new converters extend serial transmission channels to up to 5km and provide protection from electromagnetic interference. The compact and reliable converters offer conversions from an RS-232, RS-422 or RS-485 into fiber-optic signals. Fiber-optic multimode technology allows for signal transmission distance of up to 5km without any external signal boosters. These devices come in both SC and ST fiber connection options.

The new converters are equipped with automatic baud rate recognition, allowing for simple installation and reduced setup times. If the baud rate changes, the signals are still routed without any data loss. The universal compatibility with RS-232, RS-422 and RS-485 allows almost any serial terminal device to be connected.

The serial to fiber-optic media converters enable the chaining of converters, allowing networks to extend with multiple fiber connections. It also provides real time connection to multiple remote serial devices all connected on the network. An advantage to this feature is a network, which can now be created up to 100km in length without any loss of data nor significant lag time.

The converters are suitable for use in harsh industrial environments and offer extended surge voltage protection for the serial connections and power supply. Robust screw-type terminal blocks ensure the power supply and serial connectors are reliably connected. DC power supply inputs (12-48VDC) and low power consumption provide safety and reliability. The converters have a temperature range of -40 to +75°C as well as cULus approvals.

Contact: W Interconnections, 821 Southlake Blvd., Richmond, VA 23236 800-849-9343 or 804-794-2877 fax: 804-973-2593 Web:

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