Phoenix Contact has achieved a 14% increase in turnover of the field bus system Interbus, "...remarkable growth for a bus system that has been used in the automation industry since 1987", says Klaus Eisert, Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Contact. "The last year was clearly the year of automation for Phoenix Contact as regards increase in turnover."
Interbus turned out to be the bestseller - with a 14% increase, well above the average in this industry. This has confirmed Phoenix Contact's intentions to continue the technological development of Interbus and expand the product range in the direction of control engineering. In the next two years the company will invest more than DM 10 million into technological development with new features such as:
p Interbus will be four times faster at 2 Mbps.
p The integration of safety technology in 'Interbus safety' enables bus transfer of safety and emergency-stop circuitry.
p Interbus is Web-compatible when using TCP/IP protocol.
Another aspect is the above-average increase of 30% in sales of Interbus Protocol Chips to third party manufacturers of Interbus compatible systems and products. This indicates the increasing use of Interbus as a standard for system manufacturers and users.
"Phoenix Contact's way forward is clearly in the direction of automation. We expect in the year 2000 to continue the massive growth experienced for Interbus in 1999," says Klaus.
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