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Press Releases • Dec 09, 2015 10:45 GMT
The new Valvetrab-SEC from Phoenix Contact, the world's narrowest type-2 surge protective device, offers impressive features such as durability and high performance, thanks to the use of Safe Energy Control (SEC) technology.
Press Releases • Nov 25, 2015 10:20 GMT
Phoenix Contact now has now expanded the range of Heavycon Evo heavy-duty industrial connectors by three Twin housings.
Press Releases • Nov 18, 2015 10:03 GMT
The new version of the Waterworx function block library from Phoenix Contact now offers even more engineering possibilities in the Water and Wastewater Treatment sector.
Press Releases • Sep 30, 2015 11:14 BST
The Flashtrab SEC-PLUS type-1 lightning current arresters from Phoenix Contact, which are particularly durable and powerful thanks to Safe Energy Control Technology, have just been complemented by two product variants:
Press Releases • Sep 28, 2015 11:11 BST
The Mini Analog Pro product family is the first line of 6-mm isolation amplifiers with plug-in connection technology. There are now four new product types that are UL 508 listed and therefore can also be used in the USA and Canada.
Press Releases • Sep 16, 2015 10:46 BST
The Quint Power product range from Phoenix Contact has been extended to include six new DC/DC converters, which cover additional voltage levels with increased functionality.
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A combination of forward-looking standards gives rise to innovative solutions that cut costs and enhance competitiveness. An excellent example is Phoenix Contact’s Proficloud technology, with which, for instance, remote applications are significantly easier to implement.
Automation technology concerns itself with motion: translational and rotational. Workpieces, semi-finished products, and tools must be moved into particular positions so that they can be processed or used to carry out work steps. Hybrid motor starters from the Contactron product family ensure reliable and low-wear starting and reversing conveyor belt motors.
There is currently a great deal of discussion about the issue of cyber security and its optimisation. But not many businesses have a concrete idea even of the types of dangers against which they must defend themselves. Phoenix Contact provides new devices with innovative functions that effectively protect the network from the many types of attacks.
Solar systems use a simple, manageable technology that home owners and businesses can use to contribute to CO2 reduction. The fact that there is great interest in solar energy can be seen in the steadily growing number of solar installation companies. Their staff must have technical knowledge if the solar power systems are to function reliably.
Device manufacturers specialise in electronics. When it comes to packaging these electronics in a housing, this is usually handled by the team’s electromechanical experts. Still, is this always the best approach, or can it also make sense to choose a suitable housing at an earlier stage?
Process engineering systems feature many sensors and actuators that allow ongoing processes to be measured and controlled directly from the control centre. During commissioning, maintenance, or system errors, the signals of these field devices must be quickly, easily, and locally accessible or entirely isolated from the control loop.
Users and manufacturers are familiar with the constant quality, time, and cost pressures in industrial installations. IDC connection technology – perhaps the most innovative electrical connection technology since the invention of tension spring technology – presents an interesting alternative and offers an increased savings potential.
Among device manufacturers, demand for quick-connection technology is steadily growing, but there are scarcely any solutions for large cross sections. Phoenix Contact has now developed innovative connection designs for device connections with large cross sections. TLOX allows convenient, quick connection of conductors of up to 95 mm² while requiring only low operating forces.
Documents • Sep 14, 2015 13:21 BST
Starting with wide area networks for telecommunications, fibre optics have become the data transmission medium of choice in many different areas of application. The industrial sector has been deploying fibre optics very successfully for many years.
Documents • Sep 09, 2015 13:14 BST
Manufacturers of electronic devices depend on the right housing for their electronics. Meier-NT GmbH, a manufacturer of innovative measurement technology for the environmental and solar industries, is using Phoenix Contact electronics housings for their new series of devices for the photovoltaic market.
Safe coupling modules are often an essential part of systems in the process industry. To save valuable space in the control cabinet, Phoenix Contact has developed narrow, safe coupling relays with force-guided contacts that offer the same performance as devices with standard design widths.
Cameras and imaging systems are often used to monitor, rationalise and optimise industrial production processes. Devices with Gigabit Ethernet interface provide raw data of high bandwith that can be further processed afterwards. Find out more about this technology in this technical article.
The move toward green energy in Germany, as well as global challenges to the protection of climate and resources, are presenting major challenges to society and to the power industry. The creation of IEC 61850 presents an international norm for the uniform design of communication networks and systems, and the Axioline F I/O system from Phoenix Contact supports it.
Mechanical engineering requirements for power supplies are high and diverse. The objective is to attain high levels of reliability and longevity, and to do so under environmental conditions that are often very demanding in terms of vibrations and temperature. Phoenix Contact has met this challenge with its new generation of power supply units: Trio Power.
There are still system failures caused by lightning and surge voltage – and a comprehensive device product family offers the best protection against this. Phoenix Contact has developed the Safe Energy Control (SEC) technology to make lightning and surge voltage protection for machines and plants even more powerful and long-lasting. This means that a backup fuse is no longer necessary.
As one of the largest providers of drive solutions, including for ships, MTU uses several components and systems from Phoenix Contact. Compact controllers for example ensure that the innumerable measurement points can be connected flexibly and reliably to the control level.
Always a stable power grid- Decentralised energy production units can be connected to a virtual power plant for better control of the electricity grid. The VHPready standard, which is supported by the ILC 171 compact controller, significantly streamlines the effort required to implement this kind of power plant.
Increasing cost and time-to-market pressures are to be felt not just in the field of traditional mechanical engineering. Manufacturers of rail vehicles are also increasingly facing these challenges and need to address them accordingly – such as in the area of electrical connections and cabling.
Industry has long been unable to do much without circular plug connectors – small ones for data transmission, middle-sized ones for signals and power, and large ones for the transmission of currents up to 150 A. As a specialist for circular plug connectors, Phoenix Contact offers a comprehensive range of circular plug connectors for almost any industrial application – from M5 through to M58.
Documents • Jul 22, 2015 14:06 BST
The safe storage and processing of crude oil as well as other fossil raw materials are of particular importance not least because of the high risk of explosion. The Dutch company Saval BV has therefore designed a special fire extinguishing system for floating roof tanks. Controllers and I/O modules from the Phoenix Contact Inline modular system enable a web-based status monitoring of the system.
Documents • Jul 15, 2015 11:04 BST
Given ever-increasing competition, companies are looking for characteristics that will set their machines and systems apart from the solutions offered by competitors. The focus of many manufacturers has been on optimising operating devices, which serve as the calling card of the applications they serve.
Documents • Jul 08, 2015 14:02 BST
The systems integrator Morehouse Engineering has helped users operating in many different industries implement SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems for more than 20 years. Phoenix Contact security appliances are installed at a water treatment plant for the purpose of providing service technicians with remote access to the on-site SCADA network.
To operate a building and the electrical devices within it according to safety standards, effective lightning and surge voltage protection is indispensable. The ‘Safe Energy Control’ product range from Phoenix Contact takes lightning and surge voltage protection to a new level with its redesigned spark gap technology.
Documents • Jun 10, 2015 14:50 BST
In water management, signals must often be integrated in the central network from distant system parts or external stations. For this reason, many users look for convenient remote solution in order to avoid the high effort to run a conductor. Against this background, Phoenix Contact offers a simple solution for wireless signal transmission with the 868 MHz version of the Radioline system.
Safety relays have been in almost every control cabinet for industrial applications for years. However, common safety relays need a relatively high amount of space. For this reason, Phoenix Contact has developed a new relay technology with which safety solutions can be implemented in a space and cost saving way.
Documents • Feb 27, 2015 13:50 GMT
This application story presents the set-up of a surge protection concept for road tunnels.
System cabling meets terminal block- High-performance plug & play connection reduces costs and errors
Documents • Apr 30, 2015 13:40 BST
This article focuses on a new pluggable connection solution between a SIMATIC S7-300 controller and terminal blocks that reduced working hours and avoids errors.
Documents • Apr 23, 2015 13:31 BST
This article can be used as an aid in the planning of automation networks. The new advanced manager switches of the FL Switch 7000 product series are especially suitable for the application in Ethernet/IP networks.
Reliable supply - DC/DC converters supply rated voltages of 12, 24, and 48 V DC even in extreme environments
Documents • Apr 16, 2015 13:26 BST
This article presents the wide application possibilities of the DC/DC converters.They adjust voltage drops on long conductors and increase availability by decoupling current circuits or by establishing separate input circuits.
Documents • Apr 09, 2015 13:20 BST
Discover how Ritter Elektronik GmbH benefits from the installation of the PTSPL 6 PCB terminal block in its Mitrosunic products.
Documents • Apr 02, 2015 13:12 BST
This article discusses the benefits of the plastic-moulded plug connectors from M17 to M40.
Documents • Mar 26, 2015 16:04 GMT
Terminal blocks have become indispensable in modern industrial applications. This article discusses the different approval tests to demonstrate the quality of contacts in the CLIPLINE range.
Documents • Mar 19, 2015 15:55 GMT
Due to the high requirements, marking in the process industry is not a simple matter. Important requirements are a high resistance to environmental influences as well as a permanent labelling. In addition, when labelling in Ex areas, static charges must be avoided. Phoenix Contact provides different systems with numerous materials for these requirements.
Documents • Mar 12, 2015 15:47 GMT
Reliable communication for high availability. This article describes two topics- data transmission of standardised remote control protocols (such as the IEC 104 protocol) via the unstable GPRS network and, a back-up systems that logs all data and, if required, requests the data from a central location and processes them in a customer-specific way.
Documents • Mar 05, 2015 15:44 GMT
This article presents the Proficloud system with which existing Profinet networks can be extended by cloud functions.
Documents • Jan 20, 2015 15:57 GMT
In modern automation technology applications, the demands for quality, speed, and synchronicity of signal transmission are constantly rising. Learn more about the Axioline product range in this technical article.
Basis for energy management in older plants. This technical article shows the possibilities and benefits of our product to upgrade additional current measuring points in available system of companies in an easy way. These upgrades are made to determine the energy flow so that energy can be used more efficiently.
Documents • Feb 10, 2015 15:40 GMT
The high degree of availability of machines and systems installed across the world is a key prerequisite for business success in any industrial sector. Only continuously supplied control cabinet components increase the profitability of the application. For this reason, users are increasingly implementing redundant power supply concepts, which are often combined with redundancy modules.
Documents • Feb 05, 2015 15:36 GMT
Plant safety in process engineering must satisfy high demands as reliability and availability are crucial factors for continuous production processes. In order to avoid damages to persons, systems and the environment, a comprehensive lightning and surge protection concept is required. Find out more in this technical article.
Documents • Feb 03, 2015 15:32 GMT
Industrial laser marking is used in more and more applications, and its advantages are becoming increasingly evident. The Topmark Laser marking system with more than 400 markers offers a flexible and cost-efficient solution for any terminal block, conductor, cable, and device marking task.
Documents • Jan 22, 2015 14:06 GMT
This application story describes the control of large photovoltaic systems for the optimisation of grid integration.
Documents • Dec 16, 2014 12:36 GMT
Industry 4.0 builds on the Internet of Things (IoT), a technology concept that combines virtual representations of smart devices into networks that help to simplify daily chores. Find out more in this technical article.
Documents • Dec 11, 2014 12:23 GMT
This article introduces Phoenix Contact's housings range and explains the benefits for the device manufacturer.
Documents • Dec 09, 2014 12:16 GMT
The Heavycon Evo product range was completed with the new industrial plug connectors made from metal for EMC applications. Due to the swivelling cable gland with bayonet locking, a significantly lower number of version is required. Find out more in this technical article.
Consistently protect the environment while lowering operating costs. This application story explains a complete system from Phoenix Contact consisting of a control cabinet including sensor technology and software for the visualisation and control of components.
Documents • Dec 02, 2014 14:02 GMT
Secure Energy Yields over the Long Term. This application story explains how Phoenix Contact helped design a solution to control the Spanish Solar Park Zuera II.
Documents • Nov 27, 2014 11:50 GMT
Seeing a show at the theatre continues to be a popular pastime for engaging with culture. What the audience does not see, however, is the sophisticated behind-the-scenes automation technology that ensures everybody’s safety. At the Palladium Stage Theatre in Stuttgart, Germany, a safety solution from Phoenix Contact’s Easy Automation product range is deployed for this purpose.
Documents • Nov 25, 2014 11:46 GMT
In many sectors, the products of Boge Kompressoren GmbH & Co. KG are the preferred choice for compressed air applications. When it comes to supplying power to its control units and automatic re-lubrication systems, Germany’s leading manufacturer of compressors and compressed air systems uses Uno Power supplies.
Documents • Nov 18, 2014 11:30 GMT
This article describes the function of the Contactron motor manager as motor and system protection in machine and plant engineering.
Documents • Nov 13, 2014 11:09 GMT
Higher availability and flexibility. The availability of machines and facilities is a major competitive factor in industrial production. This article explains how the entire Ethernet network at Bode Chemie GmbH was converted according to their requirements.
Documents • Nov 11, 2014 11:55 GMT
Reliable power supply around the clock. This article describes a new standardised network redundancy procedure which will support Phoenix Contact modules in the integration of devices.
End devices are protected from surge voltage damage by means of type 3 device protection, and to do this, the device protector has to be protected with a suitable overcurrent protection device. Because the new type 3 arresters from Phoenix Contact’s SEC product family already have this protection built in, there is no need for a separate backup fuse.
Documents • May 20, 2016 13:42 BST
Phoenix Contact’s new Ethernet extender system allows managed and unmanaged extenders to be connected with, for example, a control centre over a distance of up to 20 kilometres. The devices cater to the needs of a great variety of industrial sectors and offer many advantages including ease of use as well as plug-and-play operation.
Documents • May 20, 2016 13:36 BST
For reasons of environmental protection, public authorities impose strict demands on how power plants may discharge cooling water into rivers and lakes. Power plant operators are required to seamlessly log all relevant parameters. This is why the Heyden power plant deploys Phoenix Contact’s Radioline wireless system to guarantee the reliable transfer of all relevant data.
Manufacturing companies are facing the challenge of optimally planning and implementing complex manufacturing processes. Production is to proceed without interruption or rejects. When combined with high flexibility, this ensures the competitiveness of the manufactured products. Intelligent and secure communications structures are necessary to meet these challenges .
Many production plants process flammable gases, fumes, dusts, or liquids – and this quite often has the side effect of generating explosive atmospheres. Electrical devices such as terminal blocks, which are often installed throughout the plant in the thousands, could potentially act as ignition sources.
The intelligent production of tomorrow depends on easily scalable and adaptable automation components. Device connections must follow the trend towards decentralised intelligence and offer manufacturers and plant designers solutions for new assembly methods and areas of application. M8 and M12 circular plug-in connectors help make this possible by offering exceptional flexibility.
Documents • Mar 08, 2016 11:37 GMT
In order to ensure safety and reliability on the Rhaetian Railway, every detail is optimised. That includes automating the point heaters, which use Quint Power power supplies from Phoenix Contact in their control cabinets.
Documents • Mar 08, 2016 11:36 GMT
Precise and permanent labelling of all equipment plays a crucial role in power plants, where mistakes could have unforeseeable consequences. The power station identification system ‘KKS’ defines the rules for labelling. For the actual labelling, RWE Power AG uses marking solutions based on UV-LED printers .
Documents • Mar 08, 2016 11:35 GMT
It is frequently necessary to work on a control cabinet not only during start-up, but also during maintenance work, interference suppression, and modification. Optimum illumination is essential in order to perform these activities quickly and accurately.
Documents • Mar 08, 2016 11:33 GMT
The Technische Betriebe Wilhelmshaven, the public utilities provider in charge of wastewater treatment for the municipality of Wilhelmshaven, continuously optimises its facilities. Therefore, when modernising the plant, all areas were equipped with a radio system from Phoenix Contact to allow for cost-efficient signal and data transfer to the control centre.
Documents • Mar 08, 2016 11:31 GMT
Space requirements slashed by up to 70 percent The productivity of older packaging machines can be greatly increased through the use of an intelligent positioning solution from Lenord + Bauer. Because the compact controller cabinet should require very little space, the components built into it must also be small. This requirement is more than fulfilled by the new PSRmini safety rela
Documents • Mar 08, 2016 11:31 GMT
More complex, more compact, more efficient – this is the credo for system engineers in the chemical and process industries. Of course, this also increases the MCR effort required to squeeze production into tighter and tighter process schedules. Phoenix Contact’s new pluggable test disconnect terminals now simplify servicing and maintenance.
Safe and reliable connection technology for PV module manufacturers Electrical connection technology is a frequently neglected area of solar installations. In the case of inverters and solar modules, hardly any attention is paid to the fact that photovoltaic plants contain a plethora of electrical connections that are subject to losses and to a fairly high breakdown risk
Operating Industrie 4.0 systems safely Production lines are becoming increasingly modular, intelligent, customisable, and communicate more all the time. But what is typically missing is the right safety strategy with complementary safety devices, matching communication interfaces, user software, and safety certification documentation.
Every machine is unique, yet there is one thing that most technical devices have in common: They cannot run without electrical power. The new power supplies from Phoenix Contact’s Quint Power range adjust to the given conditions and can be flexibly configured to ensure that every system and machine is reliably provided with power.
Dynamic and flexible production processes rely on local components – in other words, machines and plants need to be arranged and installed using functional assemblies. These assemblies are interconnected with reliable industrial plug-in connectors that need to be flexible enough to accommodate future modifications and expansions.
Comprehensive use of digitisation and the Internet as the communication system is producing changes to products and their infrastructure and operation that transcend the boundaries of domains. This is also opening up new opportunities in industrial applications and across the entire value stream within the product and production system lifecycle.
Pressfitting, wave soldering, THR soldering, and SMD soldering are all well-established processes used in PCB mounting. The new SKEDD direct plug technology does not rely on any of these, which is a great step forward for PCB connection technology.
Documents • May 20, 2016 13:21 BST
The IoT is for many companies a far-off vision that is both incomprehensive and impossible to implement at this time. While productivity is set to improve with the increasingly networked, Internet-capable smart devices and the data they provide, specific details on implementation as well as fully developed business models are generally unavailable or have not been fully fleshed out.
LED technology has become prevalent in many areas due to its long service life and high energy efficiency. If you want to prevent damage in the event of an error and protect your investments in LED technology, a comprehensive power-surge protection strategy cannot be overlooked, even in street lighting.
Intact, smoothly functioning building control technology is an essential prerequisite for optimum procedures in a hospital. Selectively fusing the electronic technology and its 24 V DC consumers and transferring operating information to the control centre makes perfect sense. This is why multi-channel device circuit breakers from Phoenix Contact are employed at the Bogenhausen Hospital in Munich.
Documents • Mar 08, 2016 11:34 GMT
High system availability is very important in process engineering, because ongoing processes must not be interrupted. A fence is a first, easily identifiable safety measure for securing systems from unauthorised persons. In addition to such physical protections, IT security approaches are also becoming more and more important
Documents • Nov 26, 2015 13:52 GMT
If production systems are constructed in a modular fashion, they can be assembled in a configuration that best meets the user’s needs and grows with the requirements. The Uno Power supply units always deliver enough electric power to each production module.
Documents • Nov 17, 2015 13:38 GMT
Production systems should always become more compact and more modular, making them easier to expand. Decentralisation is of great importance for signal processing and power distribution. But system availability is decisive for business success. The new circuit breaker boards from Phoenix Contact support these trends.
Documents • Nov 05, 2015 10:41 GMT
M12 plug-in connectors are widely used for field installation – and there is a reason why they are often the first choice. Numerous variants of the design offer the user a reliable and economical interface. A number of things must be considered during component selection – both for moulded and for freely configurable plug-in connectors.
Documents • Nov 03, 2015 10:32 GMT
When marshalling signals, the use of rigid shapes and installation exclusively as panel feedthrough are a thing of the past. The demand is now for stackable and frameless marshalling designs which make signal wiring more flexible while saving space. With its PTMC product line, Phoenix Contact is introducing a new generation of stackable marshalling patchboards.
Information technology has inspired a wealth of variety in production. From complex cars to ‘simple’ plug-in connectors. Thanks to the adjustable cable glands, variants have been significantly reduced for the heavy plastic plug-in connectors in the Heavycon Evo product range – which lowers warehouse and logistics costs.
Documents • Jun 17, 2015 14:54 BST
When it comes to self-organising production, one of the key factors is having a powerful communications network. For those instances where cabled solutions are not suitable, Phoenix Contact has developed industrial wireless solutions with a range of different standards.
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