Documents • Aug 21, 2019 10:39 BST
Remote control technology is an essential component in the automation of water management systems. In the course of digitalisation, Ethernet-based solutions offer numerous advantages, but also present some challenges. Operational considerations such as the integration of existing technology and access security can be solved easily and economically with the PLCnext Technology automation platform
Documents • Aug 21, 2019 10:37 BST
Each year over 20 audits are conducted in various areas at Kühlmann, a German manufacturer of delicatessen products. These include audits for IFS certification, energy management in accordance with DIN EN ISO 50001, and various customer audits. Controllers and the Emalytics building management system help ensure that operation is more transparent and that energy is used more efficiently.
In the future, DC sources will play an increasingly important role in the power supply of many electronic devices. The new as well as the old direct voltage systems require new surge protective devices that comply with up-to-date safety requirements.
As a clear market trend, functional safety is playing an increasingly important role in industrial automation. Existing safety standards must keep pace with the emergence of new technologies so as to create a framework for their use in the safety-related parts of control systems (SRP/CS). This is especially true for safety sensors.
Documents • Aug 21, 2019 10:31 BST
The control cabinet manufacturing sector faces many challenges, which are growing at an ever-faster pace against the backdrop of Industry 4.0. An innovative solution based on the principles of lean management, digitalisation, and automation supports control cabinet manufacturers in a number of ways .
Documents • Aug 21, 2019 10:30 BST
As power grids become smarter and more efficient in the course of modernisation, reliability also plays an important part. TEN Thüringer Energienetze, a German grid operator, makes advances in modernisation by means of FAME 2. Phoenix Contact's robust measuring and testing system allows testing to be performed quickly and reliably even during active operation.
Documents • Aug 21, 2019 10:29 BST
Process Automation is in a constant state of change - also in the field of communication technology. The analogue 4…20 mA loop was followed by fieldbus systems. Today, many companies rely on Ethernet communication. Phoenix Contact has therefore developed a solution with which Profibus-PA segments can be directly connected to the Profinet protocol.
As new dimensions are constantly being added for assembled circular connectors in industrial communication and data transmission, greater demands are also being placed on the shielding. Advanced Shielding Technology from Phoenix Contact enables a new form of shield connection using liquid metal – traditional zinc die-casting with crimp sleeves will soon be relegated to the past.
The intrinsic safety (Ex i) type of protection has established itself worldwide in the field of measurement and control technology in systems with potentially explosive areas. For one thing, it is much more cost-effective when it comes to construction when compared to other types of protection. For another, it allows for maintenance work and modifications during operation.
Due to decreasing system costs, the economic efficiency of photovoltaics (PV) is steadily increasing. In Germany, there are now plans to build the country's first large-scale PV parks without government funding. With an output of 175 MW, EnBW hopes to build the largest of these parks near Berlin. The subsidy-free electricity generated there is set to be available as early as 2020.
Surge protective devices are safety-related components and, as such, an essential part of process plants. Information about the status and performance of these components as well as on the status of the plant itself play an important role in continuous monitoring and predictive maintenance. ImpulseCheck acquires all this information – and also enables it to be utilised in the Internet of Things.
Documents • Jun 11, 2019 10:40 BST
Every operator wants to be able to use the data from existing systems for new technologies and benefit from the added value of cloud-based evaluations. The NAMUR NOA concept explains how this is possible without changing systems completely. A key element is that the data diode should collect the important data for the cloud applications and continue to ensure the security of the system.
In the process industry, the requirements placed on system availability and system safety are often more stringent than those in other industries. With the new Plus version in the Quint Power series of power supplies, Phoenix Contact now offers new functions for even greater system availability and operational safety.
Documents • Jun 11, 2019 10:38 BST
Single Pair Ethernet - or SPE for short - is currently one of the mega-trends in industrial data transmission. If you want to understand the applications and advantages of reducing data cabling to a single wire pair, you must learn about the history of Ethernet and industrial automation.
Documents • Jun 11, 2019 10:37 BST
The fourth industrial electronic revolution is in full swing - its pace is accelerating every day. Manufacturers of automation technology have to react to the growing demand for data - and constantly offer new, powerful solutions for continuous real-time data transmission between company, control and field level. Compact M8 connectors offer interesting options here.
Documents • Jun 11, 2019 10:36 BST
More and more companies demand space-saving components for the cable-connection cabinets of their widely branched measurement and control systems, which can often be found in process technology. With the Termitrab complete (TTC) product range, Phoenix Contact offers an extremely compact solution for the connection and distribution level, which now also offers a fine fuse function.
Documents • Jun 11, 2019 10:35 BST
A vital prerequisite for widespread acceptance of electro-mobility is the ability to charge a vehicle in just a few minutes. The results of a research project at a service area along the A8 highway in Germany show that charging in minutes is now possible in real life. The cooled HPC charging system from Phoenix Contact plays an important role in this achievement.
Documents • Jun 11, 2019 10:34 BST
Low and medium voltage systems are usually manufactured individually in a compact design - the electrical connections then have to be wired in a time-consuming manner. Although the demands placed on control cabinet manufacturing in the energy sector are constantly increasing, Ritter Starkstromtechnik achieves considerable savings here - the terminal strips are prefabricated by Phoenix Contact.
Documents • Jun 11, 2019 10:33 BST
The technology of Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) has been discussed for quite a while now. The standards subsumed under that name were the result of the Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standardisation project dealing with the digitisation of audio and video signals.
Documents • Jun 11, 2019 10:31 BST
The European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC specify the basic requirement for protecting persons from hazards that may arise from the moving parts of a machine. The operators of the applications also expect that their design engineers prevent downtimes in order that the equipment produces at optimum conditions.