Halver, 9 July 2020 – The connectivity specialist ESCHA does not only offer unique single-ended- and double-ended cord sets, it also offers manufactured cable harnesses adapted to individual customer requirements. Complex wiring structures can easily be realized with these harnesses. Overmolded round connectors from ESCHA can be combined into inch-perfect cable harnesses basically facilitating and speeding up fitters’ work. It is possible to label cables through a variety of markings and printings simplifying allocation of cables and contributing to reducing installation time as well.
Meanwhile, single connectors are no more used in many applications but readily made cable harnesses. To this effect, the rail industry is a classic example where an individual cable harness is made for each wagon as cable harnesses have many advantages over single cables: They need small space; they can be installed more easily and quickly and can occasionally be more simply maintained.
Individualization upon customer request
Upon customer request, ESCHA equips overmolded round connectors in cable harnesses with markings, printings facilitating installation even by unskilled staff. In order to make sure cable harnesses can be directly installed, they undergo a hundred percent electrical test at ESCHA. On demand, they are packaged and shipped as customer individual sets.
Halver, 10 June 2020 – On 1 June 2020, the German connectivity specialist ESCHA welcomed a new sales partner to its international network. An agreement was signed with Mardal Systems LLC for the Ukrainian market. Both partners see an increasing demand for high-quality and above all customer-specific connectivity in the Ukraine in the coming years. Particularly in key sectors such as the wood- and metal processing industry, the demand for sophisticated automation solutions will increase in the future.
“Mardal Systems was established in 2019 and is therefore a relatively young company. We are pleased that ESCHA is one of the first partners, together with other well-known brands in the field of industrial connectivity”, says Dipl.-Ing. Ulf Eilhardt, Regional Sales Manager at ESCHA, and adds: “In addition to its start-up spirit, Mardal Systems convinced us with more than twenty years of industry- and sales experience of company founder Valeriy Mardal.
“Lots of products are manufactured in the Ukraine, which are exported to Europe and consequently have to comply with international standards. Due to the increasing export business, the demand for high-quality components is growing. This specifically holds for factory automation, where standard products and customized solutions are required. This is where ESCHA’s strengths lie and thereof we want to profit mutually”, says Valeriy Mardal, founder and Managing Director of Mardal Systems LLC.
With the new sales partnership, ESCHA extends its international network and is present in more than 30 countries. With production facilities in Germany, China, and the Czech Republic as well as licensed production in the USA and Mexico, the company guarantees high availability and consistent quality of its products worldwide.
Halver, 27 May 2020 – The food industry sets high demands in terms of hygiene and process security. These demands can be transferred on-to-one to connectors and cables. To withstand aggressive cleaning- and detergent agents, it is common to refer to special plastics or V4A stainless-steel as material. As of now, the German connectivity specialist ESCHA offers new variants of its connectivity range for the food- and beverage industry. The new connectors abandon the comparably expensive stainless-steel locking nuts and are optionally equipped with cost-effective plastic locking nuts in so called Hygienic Design instead.
Hygienic Design prevents the formation of dirt pockets and residues. Therefore, connectors with optional plastic locking nuts can be used in the product contact zone without more ado. The new plastic locking nuts developed by ESCHA are extremely robust and can be tightened by hand as well as with a torque-wrench. Afterwards, they fulfil the protection standards according to IP67, IP68, and IP69. Due to their unique plastics compound they are resistant to Ecolab detergents. Furthermore, they can promptly be used in a temperature range from -40°C to +105°C.
The new plastic locking nuts are available for M12-connectors in three-, four-, or five-pole version. Three cable qualities can be combined with male- and female connectors in straight or angled housing style.
Halver, 21 April 2020 – The trend towards more and more compact installations requires similar compact interfaces. When it comes to power transmission, the industry-proven M12-interface has taken the center stage of development. Since 2015, the connectivity specialist ESCHA offers and continuously extends its M12 connector portfolio for power transmission. For the first time, ESCHA presented M12 power connectors at SPS 2019, meeting the demands of the Profibus User Organization (PNO). These have been available since the beginning of the second quarter 2020.
The PNO-compliant connectors dispose of a standard-corresponding five-pole L-coding. Their grey cable and grey contact carrier help to differentiate from other M12 power connectors. For the market launch ESCHA offers the new PNO connectivity as single-ended- and double-ended cord sets as well as receptacles and splitters. All components facilitate a safe and reliable power transmission of up to 63V DC at a current rating of up to 16A. The splitters are available in H-, h-, and T-housing styles. These splitters realize a decentralized power wiring following the bus wiring.
Halver, 24 March 2020 – At SPS 2019 the German connectivity specialist ESCHA showed its new M12-connectors with plastic locking nut for the first time. As of now, these are available in four different colours, especially adapted for demanding applications in utility vehicle area or agriculture. The plastic locking nuts developed by ESCHA are extremely robust and provide a cost-effective alternative to stainless steel. Through their unique design, they can be tightened by hand as well as with a torque wrench. They meet standard IEC 61076-2-101 and fulfil the high protection degrees according to IP67 and IP68.
Plastic locking nuts dispose of a decisive advantage over stainless steel locking nuts: They are a cost-effective, but no means a cheap alternative. Due to high-quality plastics, they are media- and temperature resistant and are perfectly suitable for applications in the field of mobile automation. In this environment, containments with pressurised water, mud or oil are typical. Additionally, it is predominated by extremely high temperatures in the summer and extremely low temperatures in the winter. Plastic locking nuts and grip bodies from ESCHA can easily be cleaned and withstand temperatures from -30°C to +90°C. Furthermore, UV stabilizers prevent them getting porous or rough.
Colour coding enhances clarity
The new connectors are optional available with black, grey, red or blue plastic locking nuts. This helps the user to easily mark, match and differentiate the connectors in the end. Clarity in the application enhances noticeably and mismatching while mounting can be avoided.
Halver, 10 March 2020 – The connectivity specialist ESCHA has had a new sales partner in Israel since the beginning of the year. Since then, Fritz Kupferschmied (FRK) has been exclusively selling and assembling the connector- and housing solutions of the German company on the Israeli market. Both partners perfectly complement each other and together intend to focus on the sales of customer-specific developments. Short after the beginning of the cooperation, first projects could already be implemented.
“Fritz Kupferschmied has been in the demanding Israeli market for more than 30 years. I am pleased we have won such an experienced partner for ESCHA, who is excellently networked in the Israeli industry as well“, says Dipl.-Ing. Ulf Eilhardt, Regional Sales Manager at ESCHA and adds: “The Israeli economy has grown steadily in recent years and is forecasted to grow further in the years to come. Together with Fritz Kupferschmied, we plan to benefit from this development. Particularly in the area of customer-specific solutions.“
“Israel is a start-up nation. That is why we have specialized in the sales of high-grade cables and connectivity. One of our focus areas is the implementation of customer-specific requirements resorting to solutions of renowned suppliers from Europe and North America. We dispose of own production capacities and repeatedly put together the adequate package for our customers. ESCHA products and services perfectly complement our product portfolio“, says Moni Gabrieli, Joint CEO at Fritz Kupferschmied. Operation Manager Meir Cohen adds: “We have gained good experience through our short cooperation. ESCHA has exactly offered the products our customers have been looking for. First projects are already in the sampling phase.“
With the new sales partnership, ESCHA extends its international network and is now present in more than 30 countries. With production facilities in Germany, China, and the Czech Republic as well as licensed production in the USA and Mexico, the company guarantees high availability and consistent quality of its products worldwide.
Halver, 10 February 2020 – The connectivity specialist ESCHA has launched a comprehensive product portfolio for the automotive industry. The new single-ended- and double-ended cordsets in housing styles M8 and M12 are optimally adapted for the diverse requirements within the body construction as well as the vehicle assembly. Moreover, a distinction is made between standard- and safety applications in both application areas.
Portfolio for the body construction
With the new cable designated S740, ESCHA now offers a cable quality perfectly suited for weld-field applications in body construction. Due to an enlarged outer-jacket, the PUR-cable is particularly resistant to welding beads. Good drag chain- and torsion properties as well as a UL-certification complement the cable’s profile.
For safety applications, the cable designated S740YE is also available with a yellow outer jacket and yellow overmolded grip body. The properties and approvals of cable and connector remain unchanged.
Portfolio for the vehicle assembly
For the vehicle assembly and other crafts, ESCHA has already opted for the proven and versatile S370-cable for a long time, which can be combined with different M8- or M12-connectors. This PUR-cable quality disposes of good drag chain- and torsion properties as well as an UL-approval.
With the new cable quality designated S370YE, a yellow variant is now available that can be used in safety applications. For the S370YE, connectors with yellow overmolded grip bodies are available as well. The properties and approvals of cable and connector are identical to those of the black version.
Matching ESCHA original-accessories – such as Y-splitters or mounting kits for M8- and M12-connectors – complete the product portfolio for the automotive industry. With Y-splitters, branches can easily be realized, and double-ended cordsets can be saved. Mounting kits ensure a safe hold in the open routing of single-ended- and double-ended cordsets. In addition, they increase clarity and order in the system.
Halver, 23 January 2020 – Following six years of strong growth – several of which were in the double-digit percentage range – the ESCHA Group had to report a drop in turnover for the first time in the fiscal year 2019. At around 70 million Euros, the consolidated total turnover was below the previous year’s level. The tense economic situation in the Machine-building and Automation Industries caused a drop in sales for the German connectivity specialist. In contrast, other markets, such as Renewables and Transportation, developed positively for ESCHA. The number of employees declined slightly. In 2019, 850 employees worked for the family-controlled company worldwide. That is fifty fewer than in 2018.
“The fiscal year 2019 was not an automatic success. After a long period of growth and two extremely strong years in 2017 and 2018, we were not quite able to achieve our revenue target for 2019. We missed the original target by around three percent. The negative impacts of trade tariffs, the general insecurity concerning the Brexit and the structural transformation in the Automotive Industry have affected the general market situation and have left their marks on our company”, says Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Marco Heck, Managing Director of the ESCHA Group.
Outlook into the future
At the same time, Heck is cautiously optimistic about the future: “The digitalization and automation of the industry offer ESCHA plenty of opportunities in the future. In industrial communication, there is a cross-industry trend towards more participants and higher data volumes. This is exactly where we are positioning our products.“ Further growth areas for ESCHA lie in the fields of Intralogistics, Renewables, and Transportation. In these sectors, a rising demand for high-quality connectors and cables can be identified combining the safety of high protection classes with the benefits of manufactured connectivity.
In June 2019, the ESCHA Group commissioned an approximately 5,000 square-meter extension to its production- and logistics hub at its headquarters in Halver. Thus, sub-areas of the production division could be restructured, and production-related divisions could be united under one roof. In order to meet the rising demand in China, the production facilities there were extended as well.
Halver, 2 October 2019 – The German connectivity specialist ESCHA is showing two new product premieres at this year’s SPS. In Hall 10.0, Stand 321 of Nuremberg show ground, M12x1-connectors with plastic locking nuts will be on display for the first time. The plastic locking nuts provide a cost-effective alternative to stainless steel locking nuts. Furthermore, ESCHA is presenting five-pole variants of its L-coded M12x1-power-connectors. These are PNO-conform due to a grey contact carrier and a grey cable and facilitate a power transmission of up to 63V DC at a current rating of up to 16A. Naturally, ESCHA is again showing solutions out of its comprehensive standard portfolio as well as interesting customer-specific developments.
M12x1-connectors with plastic locking nut
Plastic locking nuts dispose of a decisive advantage over stainless steel locking nuts: They are cost-effective, but by no means a cheap alternative. The plastic locking nuts developed by ESCHA are extremely robust and can be tightened by hand as well as with a torque wrench. They are media- and temperature resistant and especially adapted for applications in utility vehicle area or agriculture. In addition, ESCHA plastic locking nuts come in four colours (black, grey, red and blue). Thus, connectors can easily be marked facilitating a quick allocation or distinction.
In the food- and beverage industry, connectors of special plastics are used ensuring connector resistance to aggressive media and detergents. ESCHA has developed a grey plastic locking nut in a so called ‘Hygienic Design‘ exactly for this application area. This prevents the formation of dirt pockets and is resistant to Ecolab-detergents. In this way, F&B-sector customers can also make use of the cost benefits of a plastic locking nut.
Extension M12x1-power-product portfolio
In the automation industry, the trend is moving more and more towards a reliable power transmission via compact interfaces. Particularly, the popular M12x1-interface is in focus of the current developments. ESCHA has decided to further extend its comprehensive M12x1-power-product portfolio and add PNO-conform variants with grey contact carriers and grey cables. At the SPS, the five-pole connectivity components with L-coding will be on display as single-ended- and double-ended cord sets as well as receptacles in various versions.
As a supplement to the M12x1-power-connectors and -receptacles, ESCHA also offers matching five-pole M12x1-power-splitters in H-, h- and T-housing styles. These splitters provide an easy decentralized power wiring following the bus wiring. In addition to the five-pole L-coded variants, ESCHA has already had on offer M12x1-power-connectivity with four-pole L-coded as well as S-, T- and K-coded for a long time. All ESCHA M12x1-power-components are dust- and waterproof according to protection classes IP65, IP67 and IP68 in screwed condition. They have been designed in such away meeting the UL2237 requirements. They provide a large extension of power transmission through a connection cross section up to 2.5mm². A big advantage – particularly with direct voltage distribution – is the small voltage drop in contrast to smaller cross sections.
Standard, Special, Tailor-made
In addition to the two new developments, ESCHA is again showing solutions out of its comprehensive standard portfolio as well as interesting modification projects and customer-specific developments. Visitors can get information on these topics on Stand 321 in Hall 10.0 from 26 to 28 November.
Halver, 23 July 2019 – The connectivity specialist ESCHA extends its M12x1-product program for power transmission. In addition to the already available connection- and junction cables as well as junction modules, device interfaces are now available. The new receptacles were designed in four various coding types. The combination of connectors, junction modules, and device interfaces provide for a permanent, decentral, and structured wiring of the power supply similar to a bus wiring from switch cabinet to terminal device. ESCHA designates this approach as ‘Power follows Bus‘.
The trend towards compact power supply via M12x1
As electronic devices are getting more and more compact, there is a rising demand for a similar compact power supply via the standardized and industrially proven M12x1-interface according to IEC 61076-2-111. Thus, ESCHA continues extending its existing product program designated ‘M12x1 Power‘. As a supplement to the already available connection-and junction cables in overmolded or field-wireable versions as well as to the T-, H-, and h-junctions, device interfaces in several variants are now available. Namely, with S-coding (630V, 12A), T-coding (63V, 12A), L-coding (63V, 16A) and K-coding (630V, 12A, 4+PE). In addition, these are available as several versions for the front panel-, back panel- or PCB assembly as well as wire variants for wire cross-sections of 1.5mm² and 2.5mm².
All ESCHA M12x1-Power-components were completely redesigned and are water- and dustproof in mounted condition according to protection classes IP65, IP67, and IP68. They are designed so as to meet the UL2237 requirements. They facilitate a large extension of power distribution due to a connection cross-section up to 2.5mm². A big advantage – particularly in case of DC-voltage distribution – is the low voltage drop in contrast to small cross sections.
Halver, 24 June 2019 – With immediate effect, the connectivity specialist ESCHA has a comprehensive connector program for EtherCAT-P-applications on offer. The four-pole connection cables and device interfaces with P-coding facilitate a common data- and power supply via the industrially proven and comparably compact M8x1-interface. All new components dispose of a reliable 360°-shielding according to IEC 61076-2-114 standard. The typical EtherCAT P black-red cable is UL-approved adapted for trouble-free applications on the North American market.
EtherCAT P is an extension of the EtherCAT-technology facilitating the use of the four-wire standard cable not only for data transmission but also for power supply leading to a cost-effective and compact wiring as well as low system budget. The recently developed P-coding averts accidental connection of standard-EtherCAT-slaves. In order to enable high availability and performance, ESCHA has made a point of details throughout the entire development process. For example, the shielding connection, the 360°-shielding concept and the wire connection. The new EtherCAT-P-connectors comprise so much knowledge that it is not only about another coding but an entirely new development.
The comprehensive EtherCAT-P-program
At Market launch, ESCHA offers a comprehensive EtherCAT-P-program consisting of connection- and junction cables as well as matching receptacles respectively available in straight or angled housing styles as male or female versions. All components are adapted for a power transmission of up to 4A at concurrent Fast-Ethernet-transmission up to 100Mbit/s. The black-red cable is available as AWG22- and AWG24-variants. For all EtherCAT-standard applications, ESCHA has four-pole M8x1-connectors with A-coding, four-pole M12x1-connectors with D-coding as well as RJ45-connectors on offer.
Halver, 18 June 2019 – The ESCHA Group has extended its production- and logistics hub at headquarters in Germany for about six million euros. The first stages of construction of the roughly 5,000 square meters extension building were taken into operation in June. After about a construction period of a bit more than a year, a first production unit on the top floor of the two-level production building was occupied. First workplaces in the four-level office wing were taken up as well. As of now, ESCHA disposes of more than 22,500 square meters of office- and production area in Germany. The family-controlled company currently has about 750 employees in Germany. Almost 900 people work for ESCHA worldwide.
“After moving into our new production- and logistics hub in January 2017, we reached our capacity limits due to the high demand for our products much faster than initially expected. For this reason, the originally much later planned building extension had to be immediately started and realized“, says Dipl.-Ing. Dietrich Turck, builder and Managing Director of the ESCHA Group and adds: “Through the building extension, we now dispose of additional production- and office areas in sufficient size. We are going to use this area to rearrange a part of the production sections and to consolidate all production-related departments.“
As already in the first building phase, sustainability, environmental protection, and energy efficiency were emphasized during the extension activities. The second building phase will also surpass the high requirements of the current energy conservation regulations including especially efficient ventilation- and heating concept contributing to utilizing the machine waste heat for heating and cooling the building. Planning and realization were again the responsibility of the local CL Architektur office.
Halver, 8 May 2019 – The trend towards more and more compact terminal devices also has impacts on the size of interfaces. As a consequence, and in addition to the M12x1-connectors already available, the connectivity specialist ESCHA extends its comprehensive Profinet program by compact variants in housing style M8x1. The M8x1-connectors with D-coding and four-pole interface meet the IEC 61076-2-104 standard and are adapted for a faster and safer data transmission according to Cat5e due to their reliable 360°-shielding.
Throughout the entire development process of the new Profinet-connectors, a high-performance data transmission was in focus. In order to facilitate a high availability and performance, a point was made of details. For example, the shielding connection, the 360°-shielding concept and the wires connection. There is so much knowledge in the new M8x1-components that it is not only about another coding but an entirely new development.
The comprehensive Profinet-program
The new M8x1-product program for Profinet consists of connection- and junction cables which can be immediately obtained in straight or angled housing styles as well as male or female versions. Matching shielded device interfaces in straight or angled receptacles complete the portfolio. Together with the already available M12x1-components in four-pole D-coded and eight-pole X-coded as well as RJ45-connectors, ESCHA disposes of a comprehensive connectivity-program for Profinet-applications.
Halver, 13 March 2019 – A new cable quality of the connectivity specialist ESCHA makes it immediately possible to use Profinet in robot applications. While previous Profinet-cables were only available either with drag-chain features or torsion features, the new cable designated ‘PROFINET Robotic‘ optimally combines both features. The flexible Ethernet-cable readily withstands up to 5 million bending cycles and 5 million torsion cycles. Currently, it is exclusively available from ESCHA in manufactured version with M12x1-connectors (four-pole, D-coded) or RJ45-connectors.
Collaborating robots are more and more frequently used in automated production. Likewise, intelligent sensors and cameras that require a direct Ethernet connection are mounted on grippers. In these applications, bending-, reverse-, and torsion features of a cable are particularly significant. In order to serve this growing market segment, ESCHA has a new product line with ‘PROFINET Robotic‘ on offer, which is excellently adapted for applications in robot environment through its dynamic properties. It is based on a two-paired data cable facilitating a Fast-Ethernet-transmission according to Cat5e.
In addition to the new ‘PROFINET Robotic‘, ESCHA has two more cable qualities on offer adapting to flexible requirements in the industrial environment. These cable qualities are optimized for M12x1-connectors with 8X-coding and provide for either very good torsion applicability (5 million cycles) or very good drag-chain applicability (1 million cycles).
Halver, 30 January 2019 – With the beginning of the New Year the connectivity specialist ESCHA extends its international sales-partner-network. In January 2019, Sensorville Automação and Prime Automation have been appointed as exclusive ESCHA sales partners for Brazil or rather South Africa. Both partners market the entire ESCHA portfolio on their respective markets. This includes standard connectivity, industry-specific special-solutions, and custom-made developments.
“With Sensorville Automação and Prime Automation we are extending our international sales-network by two strong partners who demand the same of themselves as we demand of ourselves: Enthusiasm of technology, focus on high-grade products and solutions as well as lots of emphasis on details”, says Dipl.-Ing. Ulf Eilhardt, Regional Sales Manager at ESCHA and adds: “Both partners have been present on their respective markets for many years. They are well-networked and dispose of relevant industry-experience. Together with Sensorville Automação and Prime Automation we plan to enhance ESCHA presence in Brazil and South Africa, conquer new markets, and provide our common customers with the typical ESCHA service.“
ESCHA offers its products and services around the globe through own sales and a worldwide sales-partner-network. With production sites in Germany, Czech Republic, and China as well as licensed production in the USA and Mexico, the company guarantees high availability and constant quality of products.