Milestones of Deutschmann Automation:
The company was founded in 1976 by Walfried Deutschmann, who in the first few years developed and manufactured customer-specific printed circuit boards in small quantities. At the beginning of the 1980s, the priciple of a mechanical cam control was implemented in an electronic control. The product portfolio includes simple devices with eight outputs through to multi-axis versions.
In 1989, new series of electronic cam controls named LOCON was designed. Thanks to the proprietary DICNET (Deutschmann-Industry-Controller-Net) protocol as a unique selling proposition, LOCON offered connectivity and furthermore was also more cost-effective than any previous solution. Two years later, the entire cam control was a success right from the start. If requested, Deutschmann develops innovative cam controls with connections for Interbus and PROFIBUS - the first products were presented at the Hannover fair in 1994.
With the further development of these Fieldbus modules and the implementation of serial interfaces, Deutschmann's UNIGATE® product series was born. Since in the first years following this, numerous customer-specific adaptations of the devices were required, Deutschmann developed a Script language that allowed for free programming of data exchange between application and fieldbus level.
In 2001, the Embedded Solutions UNGATE® IC series for integration into the customer's own electronics was presented.
From 2006 onwards, Deutschman expanded the product range to include Ethernet-based products such as EtherCAT, Powerlink, EtherNet/IP and PROFINET. Several Gateway series were introduced in 2014 - for example: UNIGATE® CM for the connection of CAN to all Ethernet protocols - round off the portfolio of products.
In 2019, Deutschmann introduced the new ARM-based embedded module series UNIGATE® IC2 for fast communication in the IoT network and thus offers a significant leap in performance compared to the proven UNIGATE® IC series.