Softing, a Haar near Munich, Germany-based provider of products for Industrial Automation and for Automotive Electronics, has acquired the assets of Phoenix Digital Corporation (PDC), a Scottsdale, AZ-based provider of secure industrial fiber optic communications products.
The amount of the deal was not disclosed.
With the acquisition, Phoenix Digital’s secure fiber optic modules will be added to Softing Industrial’s portfolio of IoT communications products, expanding the technologies offered and the industries served.
Founded in 1992, Phoenix Digital has developed fiber optic communications modules installed in demanding environments such as oil and gas, water/wastewater, mining, bridges and tunnels, and power generation that eliminate the need for typical Ethernet networking hardware when connecting PLC to PLC and when connecting PLC to smart field devices, which simplifies connectivity, nearly eliminates setup and maintenance and improves network robustness. The fiber optic modules require no IP programming, software updates, security patches, driver updates or memory flash configurations.
The PDC system is MACID based, not IP based and the end user does not have to set up an IP based system or cross reference tables.
Led by Dr. Wolfgang Trier, CEO, Softing is a global provider of products for Industrial Automation and for Automotive Electronics. The company uses standardized technologies in the field of process engineering applications and discrete manufacturing. Based on in-house technology and cross-sector expertise, Softing offers hardware and software products with integration services for fieldbus technology, Industrial Ethernet, and OPC.