Softing to acquire Phoenix Digital

August 19, 2019 //By Julien Happich
Softing to acquire Phoenix Digital
The German Softing Group has acquired all products of the US-based Phoenix Digital Corporation (PDC) out of Scottsdale, Arizona. PDC has been an established manufacturer of fiber optic modules for particularly secure and robust data communication in industrial controllers from Rockwell Automation for many years.

Phoenix Digital’s safe fiber optic modules are an excellent addition to our portfolio of high-quality communication solutions in the Industrial segment. The acquisition enables Softing to extend the transmission media it offers for industrial controllers to optical processes using optical fibers, further strengthening the company’s position in IIoT solutions in the upper performance segment, according to Dr. Wolfgang Trier, CEO of Softing AG. Softing expects this acquisition to generate additional sales of up to EUR 3 million per year in the coming years, once the products have been integrated into the Softing portfolio.

Phoenix Digital´s patented approach to data communication with opposing optical rings is tamper-proof by design. The packaging of data with transmission on a fiber optic cable does not require any software from the user and is extremely easy to use.

The ring topology can be activated via just one microswitch. The PDC system is MAC-ID and not IP based. This means the user does not need to create an IP-based system or reference tables. Programming, addressing assignments or configuration are completely eliminated. Automation applications in the oil & gas, mining, chemical, water, wastewater and general infrastructure industries are typical target segments for PDC. These industrial sectors appreciate the robustness, safety and the fact that networked controllers are extremely quickly reconnected and operational after a planned or unplanned restart.

Softing Industrial Automation GmbH - www.softing.com


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