EnOcean Offers Mechanical Energy Converters

February 9, 2012

The new ECO 200, when combined with the PTM 330 Wireless module, opens a new range of energy-harvesting wireless applications.

BOSTON /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- EnOcean Inc., a pioneer in self-powered wireless sensor technology for the building automation market, announced that the company is launching its third generation of mechanical energy converters with the ECO 200. When combined with the wireless PTM 330 transmitter module, the ECO 200 provides the foundation for a host of batteryless wireless applications. This new pairing enables speedy and simple implementation of energy harvesting switching solutions. EnOcean again is leading the way for new possibilities in building automation, industry, and household appliance engineering.

Energy-Autonomous System
From the motion of the press of a button, mechanical energy converters can produce the energy needed to transmit wireless signals between devices. A coil reverses the magnetic flux as soon as a spring mechanism reaches the snap-over point. The ECO 200 energy converter is the latest advancement of these mechanical energy generators. The energy harvester comes with more efficient energy conversion, less noise emission, and higher load capability than its revolutionary predecessors. The batteryless PTM 330 wireless module can be connected to the energy converter by spring contacts, with no soldering. The PTM 330 module features four digital inputs to map up to four switching states. Additionally, an interface allows configuration of the content of the wireless telegrams during manufacturing of an end-user device. Like every EnOcean wireless module, the PTM 330 has a unique 32-bit identification number to eliminate any overlap with other wireless sensors. Wireless range is up to 100 ft. inside buildings and 1000 ft. in open space.

This complete, ready-to-go system means that OEMs, with just mechanical expertise, can speedily and simply implement their switching solutions, enabled by energy harvesting wireless technology. Furthermore, being interoperable the EnOcean wireless standard allows straightforward combination of products with industrial controls and receivers from a wide range of manufacturers.

Diversity of Use
Application possibilities for the energy harvesting wireless ECO 200 and PTM 300 modules range from handheld transmitters, window and door sensing, access data control, and position switching for a variety of industrial switches. For example, handheld transmitters, powered by the solution, can be used to control gates and garages or call a nurse from a hospital bed. Another application, which has already been implemented, is wireless testing of cable harnesses in automobile production. The press of a button generates enough energy to determine if the individual components are properly attached to the cable harness. Furthermore, the technology can be used to develop batteryless vermin traps or batteryless stop buttons in city buses. Enabled by energy harvesting wireless technology, all devices are absolutely maintenance free and function without cabling.

About EnOcean
EnOcean Inc. is the "originator of patented self-powered wireless technology." The company manufactures and markets energy harvesting wireless modules for use in building and industrial automation. EnOcean technology combines miniaturized energy converters with ultra-low-power electronics and robust RF communications. Self-powered wireless technology from EnOcean has been successfully deployed in more than 200,000 buildings worldwide. EnOcean is a promoter of the EnOcean Alliance, a consortium of leading companies from the world's building sector that facilitates the creation of innovative solutions for sustainable buildings. The company currently employs 60 people in Germany and the U.S.

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