Configurable power management solution drives commercial vehicle innovation

March 23, 2016 // By PAUL BUCKLEY
REDline Power Box Hybrid
Würth Elektronik ICS is claiming a novel approach to enabling power distribution, signal transmission, and function management in commercial vehicles with the introduction of the company's REDline Power Boxes system solution.

With the REDline Power Boxes series, Würth has developed a range of products claiming high cost efficiency benefits. The central feature of the series is the standardization of the housing, while at the same time maintaining the possibility to configure the circuit board entirely to the customer’s individual specifications.

The available space in the cabins of construction and agricultural vehicles is getting progressively smaller with the result that parts of the power management and control modules must be installed outside the cabin in many cases which makes it necessary to provide additional protection against dust, moisture, and other weather effects.  Würth Elektronik ICS is offering protected housing package in two application-specific versions.
As part of the REDline Power Boxes product platform, the company is launching the REDline Power Box Medium and the REDline Power Box Hybrid, both of which claim superior solution benefits.

REDline Power Box Medium
The REDline Power Box Medium is a compact solution for sub-distribution circuits and control systems that positions the required functions decentralized in close proximity to the consumer which reduces not only the dimensions of the central electrical system, but also the complexity of the wiring harness.   The integration of control components – for example the ICCS controllers and MicroCAN modules – opens up a multitude of additional options. Local functions such as hydraulic grabs or lifting  platforms can now be directly controlled by a CANbus at the place of the installation, thus reducing the number of necessary connections in the on-board power supply.

Standardized components are connected with variable configuration options for the circuit boards, making it easy to realize customized solutions with only a minimum of development effort.
The sealed housing (IP64 protection classes) features a circuit board measuring 85 mm x 70 mm that can be equipped entirely according to the customer’s specifications – suitable for all standard ICS fuse and relay bases.
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