Monthly Archives: June 2016

Vote for SOLARCHECK RSD and win an SLR camera

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The GIT Security Award nominated Phoenix Contact’s Photovoltaic SOLARCHECK RSD panel shutdown as a finalist. Therefore, your Vote counts!

How to ensure electrical safety in photovoltaics systems?

Electrical equipment with voltage of 120 V DC or more must always be disconnected. This is as a general health and safety measure to protect against electric shock. Ideally, it should also be possible to put the photovoltaic systems automatically into a safe state as a result.

SOLARCHECK RSD makes working on photovoltaic systems so safe

SOLARCHECK RSD safely and automatically shuts down your system during installation, maintenance, or in dangerous situations. Photovoltaic rooftop systems generate DC voltages of up to 1000 V, therefore it is not easy to disconnect them on the DC side. If for instance, the system is damaged, this presents a problem. SOLARCHECK RSD automatically switches your system to a safe state. hence protect you from life-threatening electric shocks during installation and maintenance or in dangerous situations.

A jury with representatives from BHE, TÜV, VDMA, ZVEI, integrators, and users decided to nominate the automatic SOLARCHECK RSD photovoltaic panel shutdown as a finalist for the GIT Security Award.

Each year, the Wiley VCH publishing house awards the prize from the GIT Security trade journal for innovative products and systems in safety technology. There are five categories that the products fall under. SOLARCHECK RSD belongs to category B, which covers fire protection, Ex protection, and occupational health and safety.

This product independently puts photovoltaic systems into a safe state. Therefore, it protects personnel against potentially lethal electric shocks during installation and maintenance or in dangerous situations.

We invite all readers and those interested in the GIT Sicherheit journal and the international GIT Security journal to vote.

You have until 31st August to cast your vote. Click here to vote and get a chance to win an SLR camera from the Wiley VCH publishing house.

Find more information on how SOLARCHECK RSD makes working on photovoltaic systems so safe.

PROFICLOUD – The cloud system for PROFINET

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PROFICLOUD is the intelligent solution for the industry

The PROFICLOUD system enables easy and secure communication and control of machines and systems across different locations worldwide. The unique combination of the proven PROFINET standard and Cloud services offers brand new possibilities for automation, including in the Industrie 4.0 environment.

Distributed automation becomes significantly easier with the cloud system, regardless of where your network devices are located. This enables manufacturers to monitor the status of their systems installed anywhere in the world. The evaluation of the data gathered shows, for example, potential failures at an early stage, thereby saving time and money.

Your advanatges

  • You may extend your PROFINET network to include PROFICLOUD services, without requiring any further specialist knowledge
  • Maximum flexibility, thanks to automation across border, from any location, via the internet
  • Easy engineering, as distributed devices and PROFICLOUD network services appear in the local PROFINET network
  • Efficient automation, thanks to preconfigured and preprogrammed PROFICLOUD products
  • Secure communication, thanks to TLS encryption

Furthermore, you can call up data and store it using the cloud services. In addition to current electricity tariffs or the local time, you can also integrate weather data or complex calculations into the PROFINET application.

PHOENIX CONTACT helped shape the trend towards Ethernet-based automation technology from an early stage. Our many years of expertise influence all our products developments, from connectors to programmable logic controllers. By developing our own technology for ASICs, PROFINET controllers or PROFIsafe, we are able to be independent while still ensuring full compatibility with the standard.

Visit our website to learn more about this cloud system technology.