Configurable power management solution drives commercial vehicle innovation

Configurable power management solution drives commercial vehicle innovation

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By Field Editor

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.
The plug-in interface takes the form of a 31-pole HeavyDuty plug connector, featuring four high-current contacts for connecting wires with cable cross-sections  of  up to 6 mm² and 27 contacts with cable cross-sections of up to 2.5 mm².
The pins can be configured according to the customer’s individual specifications.  


REDline Power Box Hybrid

The REDline Power Box Hybrid combines circuit-board technology with copper busbars for high currents. Main potentials are separated and fused in the direct vicinity  of the battery.  The consumer near the battery profits from the direct circuitry and fuse.

Different copper busbars enable individual stop alternatives.
Two MEGA and two MIDI fuse slots are provided as standard, and the power-supply slot can also be used optionally for a third MEGA fuse.

In the IP54 sealed housing part a circuit board is located which measuring approx. 90 mm x 90 mm, thus providing enough space for the fitting of all ICS bases such as Mini, ATO, and Maxi fuses and all standard relay sockets, all the way to the high-current relay base.

As plug-in interface there is a 42-pole plug connector with six high-current contacts with cable cross-sections of 2.8 mm2 to 2.5 mm2 and a 36 Micro Timer II  with 1.6 mm contacts with a cable cross-sections of up to 1 mm2 are used.

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