Yearly Archives: 2022

IIoT Solutions by Phoenix Contact

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It is more crucial than ever for businesses to measure and analyze loads due to increased energy costs and strict legal obligations. Now, it is possible to complete this operation with IoT solutions that are simple to deploy with Plug and Play and accessible by IIoT platform and need for very little prior knowledge. Two instances from the production sector show how businesses might profit from this.

Prior to now, the energy consumption data that was included in the daily machine data had a minor function. That changed at the latest when the CO2 footprint became a significant KPI and energy costs increased significantly with less notice. All sectors that use more energy must now make the pertinent parameters measurable and analyze-able and show a continuous improvement in energy-related performance. Greater data transparency will be beneficial, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) that have up to now either utilized no energy monitoring at all or only very basic energy monitoring.

One reason is that companies can more easily comply with regulations and legislation and have a more thorough picture of how much energy certain machines, processes, or systems are using. They discover savings possibilities with the aid of this data, which in turn can help to raise energy efficiency and lower energy expenses.


However, finding a quick and accurate way to gather the essential consumption data is a challenge for those in charge of managing energy in businesses. For instance, smart meters installed on equipment and systems can often link to the IT infrastructure using communication protocols. Hence, they require more storage capacity, lengthy Excel lists, or appropriate analytics tools that, in the best-case scenario, may also assist with useful visualization. In other words, up until now, it took time and a lot of knowledge to connect various devices, record and analyze the necessary data, and then draw ingenious inferences from the findings. For energy managers, who frequently must work across numerous sites and with limited resources, this presents a significant issue.

Plug and Play connection to the cloud IIoT platform

This situation appears to have been created specifically for an IoT-based energy management system. Minimal IT resources can implement this kind of solution. Utilizing IoT-enabled measurement devices in the relevant control cabinet or at the machine/system, connecting them to a router, and creating an account with a cloud service are requirements. One such is the coupling of Phoenix Contact’s IoT-enabled EMpro energy measuring devices and the EMMA Service of the IIoT platform. Energy Monitoring, Management, and Analytics is the abbreviation for EMMA. The smart service’s user-friendly interface makes it easy to visualize linked devices’ electrical energy and performance information. Regardless of where you situate the measuring devices, energy managers may access their data using this cloud-based system. The knowledge gained in this way permits the definition and use of appropriate measures.

The EMMA Service supports energy managers here in the check step of the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) cycle in accordance with international standard ISO 50001:2018 (Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use)

IoT-capable Through an Ethernet interface and Plug & Play using the TLS-encrypted MQTT protocol, EMpro energy measurement devices are immediately connected to the IIoT platform. Energy managers may quickly and easily integrate the measurement devices into a new or current system using the free Device Management Service in the cloud environment. Automatically send and save the chosen measured devices. Energy managers now have access to this data and can use them directly thanks to the EMMA Service. Modbus or Profinet’s intricate settings, which were once common in industrial networks, are now a thing of the past.

Additional advantages of continuous energy data acquisition

Operational energy management is based on the continuously gathered energy consumption data of equipment, systems, and processes. They also offer the following further benefits:

  • Optimize system utilization via intelligent component switching, balanced network loads, and the removal of harmonics.
  • Smart trend calculations and load control can lower peak loads.
  • Consistently monitor system parameters to reduce system downtimes.

Example applications from industry

Two examples explaining the EMMA Service functions:

Cold storage

Snack producer A aims to achieve CO2-neutral manufacturing and sustainably reduce energy costs, thus it would like to be able to see how much energy is used during cold storage and production. The company needs to be aware of two aspects in to determine the necessary energy efficiency measures and the procedures to reduce energy consumption: Let’s start with how much energy is now needed to cool a ton of potatoes that are kept in a cold storage facility. Second, it is also curious about how much energy is used to produce each kilogram of the goods it produces. The prior monthly meter read-out and Excel lists used to evaluate it took a lot of time and didn’t provide the transparency needed to meet A’s two objectives.

IoT-capable EMpro energy measurement devices now make possible the straightforward and comprehensive documentation of the energy data and the EMMA Service. The company enhanced its cooling based on the quantity of potatoes stored and streamlined the production process based on the knowledge gained. As a result of their connection to, the energy management team has access to the worldwide sites and their energy data.

Bottling of beverages

Beverage company B has set a global goal reducing CO2 carbon emissions by 25% for the entire group. The first essential step to reaching this goal is to monitor and carefully control how much electricity, water, heat, and compressed the company is using. The beverage manufacturer deployed the necessary measuring equipment at the indicated primary loads for this reason, and receives the measured data directly. The dashboard now allows the energy managers at B to quickly and easily visualize and analyze the loads there in real time. The goal of the firm leaders in the US is to prioritize providing comprehensive information on local, location-specific dashboards while also displaying the total energy consumption of all the Group’s energy sources on a worldwide dashboard.

This is exactly what the EMMA Service on the IIoT platform can do. also provides the opportunity to control the rights and duties of the employees inside a company using the User Management Service. Additionally useful is’s Time Series Data Service, which analyzes extra data using freely customizable dashboards. 

Access to newly implemented functions

Phoenix Contact, a full-service supplier in both cases, offers the hardware elements needed to connect to the cloud, including controllers, gateways, and energy-monitoring gadgets. The IIoT platform and its standardized, scalable smart services, one of which is the EMMA Service, are accessible to the IoT-capable energy measuring devices in the EMpro product family. Phoenix Contact focuses on best-practice solutions that are simple to use, constantly evolve to meet client needs, and are based on the needs of regular business operations with its smart services. In conversations with users, new features and quick problem fixes frequently emerge. They also see the benefit of cloud-based services in general: As soon as newly added features and performance characteristics are available, existing users get direct access to them.

The All-Electric Society Vision by Phoenix Contact

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The energy revolution will significantly impact future electrical power generation and distribution since it is rapidly bringing about an All-Electric Society (AES).

Economical electrical energy produced from renewable resources, Is the primary energy source In the All-Electric Society, is which is almost inexhaustible. Comprehensive electrification, networking, and automation of all facets of the economy and infrastructure are necessary to make this future a reality.

This involves a more significant usage of non-linear or switched power producers and loads and an increasing decentralization of power generation using renewable energy sources for our power systems.

Restrict the harmonic loads and feed-ins in the transmission and distribution grid when they become more viable. This will include, among other things, an increase in measuring and safety equipment usage.

Creating more measurement points and the digital networking of signals from switchgear and substations in power distribution control systems need the conversion and modernization of current systems.

Here, measuring transducers convert high currents and voltages to quantifiable variables to acquire the measured values in the switchgear.

Terminal Blocks

Test-disconnect terminal blocks serve as the link between higher-level evaluation units, such as metering or grid protection relays, and the measured-value acquisition performed by current and voltage transformers. As part of cyclic function testing, these disconnect terminal blocks allow for direct involvement in the program.

Here, safe handling is essential, made possible by the extensive touch protection in current test-disconnect terminal blocks. These terminal blocks offer a variety of test and switching accessories in addition to the disconnect element for secure, adaptable, and practical testing.

Older systems frequently have terminal blocks with switching accessories with basic or limited touch protection. Connect the testing sockets to the non-insulated test plugs to accomodate non separating switching parts. The widely used and well-tested screw connection method has included the conductor connection. Connect the testing sockets to the non-insulated test plugs to accomodate non separating switching parts.

Meanwhile, this area has shown to have enormous potential for future growth. Modern terminal strips contain extensive, standardized accessories like the CLIPLINE complete system and the possibility of conductor connection using quick and straightforward Push-in connection technology.

Quick and easy: Conductor connection with PTV

Push-in vertical

From a physical standpoint, screw connection terminal blocks have a long history and offer certain benefits over spring-cage terminal blocks. For instance, a screw connection allows several conductor connections at a single terminal point without requiring conductor pretreatment.

However, when it comes to upgrading systems, a spring-cage connection is becoming more and more popular.

One typical explanation for this is the frequent recommendation of routine inspections for screw connections to confirm the conductor’s torque-secure connection.

Phoenix Contact secures the screw connections by providing screw terminal blocks with built-in screw-locking mechanisms and eliminates the need for further checks

However, the aforementioned restrictions do not consider the specific items applied to screw connections.

The PTV terminal block, created by Phoenix Contact, is a unique replacement for screw connection terminal blocks.

PTV, short for “Push-in vertical,” is a connection method that uses the standard Push-in connection technology. The primary distinction is in the conductor routing, which is vertical and resembles a traditional screw connection as opposed to the front wiring of Push-in connection technology.

One notable benefit is that, unlike Push-in connection technology in the past, the terminal marking is clearly visible and not covered by the conductor routing. In addition, the lateral conductor connection offers advantages during the redesign if cables are permanently fixed in existing control cabinets and cannot be removed. Maintain additional cable length in reserve to alter the front wiring of the control cabinet. Utilize the cable length if the conductor routing changes.

PTV is the contemporary version of a screw connection; however, unlike a screw connection, it does not call for regular tightness checks.

Thus, the PTV test-disconnect terminal blocks combine the benefits of a spring-loaded conductor connection with those of a screw terminal block.

Compact design

The control cabinet architecture is still crucial when replacing test-disconnect terminal blocks in existing systems since they cannot visibly outweigh the old ones in terms of length or breadth.
Due to their small dimensions, the new PTVME test-disconnect terminal blocks with vertical Push-in connections may be fitted in the location formerly held by the outdated screw connection terminal blocks.

The lateral conductor connection may still be made because of how small the terminal block is; even the clearly visible connection identifier is still placed above the conductor entrance.

Comprehensive accessories

The screwless longitudinal disconnect element on the PTVME 6/S test-disconnect terminal blocks may be adjusted to the correct switch position with a screwdriver and locked into place.

Secure an auxiliary lever to manually control the disconnect element. The printed switch symbols indicate the switch locations. Utilize the switching locks on either side of the disconnect point to avoid unintentional activation.

On either side of the disconnect point are universal double-function shafts that let you utilize different bridge, test, and switching accessories.

When retrofitting systems, practical design and setup of terminal strips are crucial since they may quickly restore availability.

Push-in spring connection technology makes wiring quicker. The documentation and planning of terminal strips can take a significant amount of time. Clipx ENGINEER is a free planning and configuration tool by Phoenix Contact used from the CAE design stage to installation

E-mobility Charging Station by Phoenix Contact

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car charging station

Transport is fundamental and It is crucial to take steps to make it sustainable. The mobility of the future, therefore, depends on the world adopting electric vehicles that do not emit greenhouse gases and, for this, the availability of e-mobility charging station is equally or perhaps even more important than renewing the vehicle fleet.

An e-mobility charging station, also called an electric vehicle charging station, is a system that provides electric power to charge the batteries of plug-in vehicles, whether they are electric or hybrid: cars, lorries, buses or motorcycles, whether they are shared or private. You can find such charging stations in many public areas, such as shopping malls, parking lots, streets, etc.

According to a Bloomberg report there will be 116 million electric vehicles on our roads by 2030 and they will account for 30 % of sales. Developing charging point infrastructure in the current decade is crucial to accomodate the demand of electric vehicle sales.

Electric car charging stations and home chargers must meet high standards of availability, safety, and comfort based on the field of application. Complex structures made up of numerous small parts are no rarity. Developers and design engineers face technical challenges and questions about wiring, power supply, controllers, and communication links.

To tackle these questions, Phoenix Contact has published five new videos to the technical support channel on YouTube. They provide clear explanations on technical topics as well as the interaction between individual electronic and electrical engineering components – focusing on the typical requirements of a networked e-mobility charging infrastructure. The videos also convey basic information about charging technology, such as charging standards and connector types.

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Cloud Computing – Addressing your needs and challenges.

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Cloud computing is becoming increasingly popular as more and more companies use its services to store their data. The following article outlines the important considerations:

Traditionally, IT fields are outsourcing services to the cloud rapidly. It is better to opt for external services to an in-house team for a cloud-first strategy. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) are three types of cloud services, with industrial cloud services focused on applications.

IT departments frequently use cloud services centered on specific use cases utilized by the whole organization. Industrial cloud services are of decentralized design. We observe a more detailed overview of an automation system consisting of components from many suppliers that will use various cloud solution features. Furthermore, it is important to determine the issue of how to handle such an idea. The use of industrial cloud services thus calls for a methodical strategy.

The interaction between field equipment and the offered services gives industrial cloud services their value (SaaS). This form of communication requires transfer of data between these two end points. Furthermore, It is theoretically feasible to establish a communication connection between the field device installed in the automation system and the cloud service.

An alternative is to utilize a cloud gateway that combines the communication connection from one or more field devices to the cloud service. This leads to a variety of connection solutions because of the different services available.

As a result, a condition monitoring program that uses one-way data transfer to monitor the state of a machine or component will need to be set up differently from, a remote maintenance connection.

Different threats

Different dangers are present in each of the many application scenarios. There is a chance that a one-way transfer of information from the field to the cloud might unintentionally become accessible. Hence, the field device acquires more more information than allowed.

Possibly intercepting data transfer prevents storage information disclosure. In this instance, altering the data would impact how it has been used in the cloud service but would not immediately affect the operation in the field.

Additional hazards arise because data or commands may be tampered with which may potentially cause damage at the field level. Another possibility for the attacker is performing an ad-hoc alteration at the field level, maybe outside a maintenance window.

No control with direct encryption

There are several ways to combat the threats mentioned. However, it is essential to take the cloud service into account. What data is being used? What services should I use? Can the communication occur across the business network or does it require a dedicated connection?

Assess the security features of the cloud service and the related provider: Are you operating the service using a secure development procedure? Do you have a security management system? The examination must also consider the security of the underlying platform and infrastructure.

encrypting Internet-based communication interactions is automatic. This strategy protects the data by safeguarding any simultaneous communications between the IDs, passwords, and access tokens. The lack of control by the operator over the connection creates an obstacle for directly encrypted connections between field devices and the cloud.

This situation is generally tolerable provided the required level of confidence can be established between the contractual parties as part of the security assessment and if the operator can set up the field device appropriately.

Example application scenarios

Below are some examples of industrial cloud services and how to secure them:

Cloud gateway

The gateway’s operator has control over data gathering, local processing, and subsequent transmission. The cloud gateway also relieves and decouples the field devices in this manner. The NAMUR international organization has specified a security gateway for the process industry sector in its suggestion 177 (1), which, because of its technological attributes, guarantees that the monitoring application has no bearing on the field level.

Monitoring levels of wear

When activated, the protective device is susceptible to wear, therefore, condition monitoring replaces it in a timely manner. Cloud gateway reads out the impact-free data.

Energy monitoring

An energy monitoring system that does not require the maximum level of secrecy may gather and analyze large amounts of data, making use of a cloud service possible. The measuring devices capture the energy data and send it via the one-direction MQTT protocol to the cloud service (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport). The user can review and call it up there.

Device management

The security increases to actively regulate the field device using the device management system. Therefore, assess the security needs before using a cloud service.

Phoenix Contact’s journey to become lead-free

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One of the main difficulties the metalworking industry has had to overcome over the past 50 years is producing “lead-free.” Phoenix Contact recognized their responsibility to decrease lead exposure early on in order to safeguard public health and the environment. We set this objective with the intention of significantly improving life quality. To accomplish this, the company tried numerous of its own production methods as well as dozens of other materials.

Lead is a heavy metal that harms human health and builds up in the environment and in living things. Therefore, most products and fuels no longer contain it.

For the producers of electronic goods, this fundamental revolution is still to come. Phoenix Contact already established this goal for itself early on and will be able to provide lead-free versions of the majority of its circular connection product line this year.

Every product, every process under scrutiny

Phoenix Contact project participants have been collaborating across regions for many years to find appropriate materials and modify production techniques. To explore this subject from scientific perspective, Phoenix Contact participated in research project started at the RWTH Aachen University. For diverse lead-free copper alloys, the participants here established fundamental processing techniques. This served as the foundation for the technology’s real development at the Blomberg facility.

The investigations revealed, among other things, that alloys without lead performed chip breaking less effectively than those that did. Lead not only enables good chip breaking in normal industrial production processes, but it also facilitates cold forming and ensures simple lubrication in the material. Without lead, these characteristics deteriorate.

From that point on, production and the technology laboratory had to constantly exchange ideas in order to find the ideal material, which had a scientific basis. For instance, if a copper alloy contained less zinc, its machinability attributes increased but its capacity for cold forming declined. The crimp connections were the focus of the product designers’ attention since they needed to have strong electrical conductivity, be long-lasting, and also have good machining and cold-forming capabilities. The search was a delicate balancing act that called for close coordination between suppliers, technological labs, product developers, and the department in charge of series production.

Phoenix Contact made an investment in its own production equipment for its test series using lead-free alloys to prevent continued production from slowing down due to intensive material testing. The business even created a brand-new method for chip cracking and submitted a patent application.

The European RoHS Directive

European RoHS directive have already restricted or even outright banned several substances that negatively impact environment. However, certain dangerous compounds are not yet replaceable due to their technical characteristics. For example, lead is still authorized in Exception 6c in Annex III of Directive 2011/65/EU up to a mass percentage of 4%. RoHS Directive set an end to this exception on July 21, 2021. From that point on, it would have been illegal to sell electrical and electronic equipment in Europe if the material included more lead than 0.1 percent.

Similar laws are in place in several nations. The “China-RoHS,” ensures equivalent material bans in China, whereas Switzerland has passed the ChemRRV (Chemical Risk Reduction Ordinance). Lead is on the list of compounds of concern in the “Japan RoHS,”. However, South Korea has accepted a significant portion of European standards in the “Korea RoHS.” In the United States, similar regulations are also in the works. Phoenix Contact has finished the technical and process engineering preparations needed to offer lead-free products, regardless of whether the European Union renews the exclusion clause or not.

Changing processes soon enough

The switch to lead-free copper alloys for the electronics sector is a massive undertaking, much like the switch to unleaded fuels. It would take decades to complete the work required, not years. The responsible planners must quickly adjust electronic equipment and take lead-free components into account while planning. Anyone designing products today who does not want to painfully renew certifications for the product in the coming years should take the RoHS issue into account early on when choosing components.

Given this, Phoenix Contact is already in compliance with current legal specifications and demands. Developers can already plan future-proof devices that simultaneously safeguard both the environment and people. To this purpose, thousands of products already have lead-free versions available.

There is currently a sizable assortment of lead-free circular connectors available from Phoenix Contact. Thanks to the constant expansion of the metric M5 to M58 series a nearly lead-free product range will be accessible.

Speed Starters for Asynchronous Motors

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Asynchronous Motor

Asynchronous motors are supplied via over-dimensioned frequency converters (FCs). Since a speed starter’s noteworthy advantages include quick installation and starting, it is perfect for simple programs with few functionality.

Industrial plants contain a large number of electric motors. The majority of motors carry out straightforward functions, such as moving things or liquids from one location to another or carrying out the necessary processes.

Speed Starter Steps

Logistics centers, machines, and systems perform these tasks. A motor is operated in a variety of ways. Nowadays, frequency converters are employed in the majority of applications, particularly when soft starts or varied speeds are necessary.

Frequency converters are intricate machines that perform several tasks but are frequently oversized. This is due to the fact that their most prevalent applications at the moment usually include straightforward activities that simply demand for two fixed speeds and/or a ramp function with a gentle start and soft stop of the motor.

Safe shutdown up to SIL 3 and PLE

A device class between motor starters and frequency converters is provided by the new speed starter from the Contactron product family. The small solution provides all required features in a single housing and impresses with its simple operation:

The CrossPowerSystem power distribution system
  • Direct start of asynchronous motors
  • Reversing start
  • Full motor protection
  • Different speed settings
  • Soft start and soft stop of the motor
  • Safe stop with Safe Torque Off

The device has several benefits for the user, but its built-in Safe Torque Off (STO) capability allows for a safe shutdown up to safety levels SIL 3, PL e, and Cat 4. There is a substantial space savings in the control cabinet due to the small housing dimensions, which have an overall width of only 35 millimeters.

Easy wiring and an intuitive operation concept ensure quick installation and startup. As a consequence, it is possible to adopt a cost-effective solution using the speed starter from the Contactron product family, which has all the essential features for varying speeds and soft start.

In the most common uses, an emergency stop switch must be able to securely stop rotating and moving parts, for instance, in the event of a jam or an emergency. Use the Contractron series’ quick starter to design a redundant system and prevent malfunction, hence, ensuring safety.

Therefore, a second contactor is not necessary for a safe motor shutdown. On the controller side, use the STO+ and STO- connectors to accomplish a two-channel shutdown . With only a short installation area, the Contractron fast starter achieves safety classifications SIL 3, PL e, and Cat. 4.

Quick startup in less than a minute

Machine manufacturer can offer a more competitive solution and speedup the application installation by using Phoenix Contact’s speed starters.

To start the motor and apply a control signal to an adjustable fixed speed, you must wire the load input and output. The motor can then start operating right away. It must be possible to customize the parameters for the appropriate application, of course. The user-friendly operating idea, which consists of a display, five LEDs, two up and down buttons, a set/reset button, and a rotary switch, accomplishes this.

Setting the motor’s nominal current is the first step in protecting it against overload. As a result, it is no longer essential to install an additional motor protection relay. Set the rotary switch to the “Current” position and input the desired value by using the up and down buttons. Verify the value by pushing the set/reset button. When a value is changed, it immediately begins to flash in the display. The value is always visible after saving. It is also simple to adjust the ramp time, or the amount of time the motor takes to reach the desired speed.

To achieve this, the user simply moves the rotary switch to the “Ramp” position, inputs the new value using the up or down button as previously mentioned, and saves it by pushing the set/reset button.

Different versions for different requirements

speed starter operator interface

Set the rotary switch to “Status” to view electrical values such as frequency, current, voltage, temperature, etc. Use the same method to adjust the speed.

Set the speed to the “Speed1” position and select the correct frequency value by using the up and down buttons. Verify your selection by pushing the set/reset button.

The LEDs flash in the “R” or “L” direction of rotation, which is also selectable with the up or down button and remembered by pressing the set/reset button. Repeat this procedure to facilitate a second speed:

  1. Move the rotary switch to the “Speed2” position.
  2. Specify the value using the up or down button.
  3. Press the set/reset button to confirm.

If desired, the user can make additional settings by turning the rotary switch to the “Options” position.

For single-phase and three-phase load input, the speed starters of the Contactron series offers performance classes ranging from 0.25 to 1.5 kilowatts, with or without an integrated EMC filter. The devices with filters built in come with a plug-in, changeable fan, whereas the ones without filters only have a heatsink.

In conclusion, fast starters are a convenient option appropriate for a variety of uses. Users gain from a device class positioned between motor starters and frequency converters under the tagline “Connect, set, start.”

M17 Fiber-Optic Cabling System

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Digitalization has made its way into power generation plants and substations, thus, creating a new challenge for system planners. With this new challenge comes high volumes of data that needs to be transferred from central to remote stations. These stations are often located in harsh environments.

System planners typically use copper cables at power generation plants and electrical substations. However, with digitalization, the data volumes reach to an extent that copper cables cannot handle. System planners are therefore switching to Fiber Optic (FO) cabling systems. The FO cables are 90 percent lighter and thinner – allowing for longer transmission paths and higher data rates.

Planning a FO cabling system is a complicated process involving complex implementation. From selecting the right connection technology to the corresponding tools. Trained specialist personnel need to select the right equipment for this technology and for the field assembly.

Time is money! Hiring a specialist personnel from a specialist company is time consuming. In this case, your own personnel can use a Plug and Play system to do the same job – without tools. Working in such harsh environments, also require a high degree of protection for connection components, such as IP67.

Phoenix Contact offers the perfect solution combining the strengths of the M17 circular connector with those of a FO infrastructure.

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Phoenix Contact’s Trio Power Supply

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Application-compatible power supply are necessary for a future-oriented infrastructure, whether it be for telecommunications or train technology. With an input voltage range of 230 V AC to 400 V DC, the new Trio Power power supply offers a high-power density, parallel mode, and a highly durable electrical and mechanical architecture. As a result, it completes Phoenix Contact’s extensive line of power products and is perfect for infrastructure transitions, such as those in train technology.

Digital signal towers: new decentralized structure for railway technology.

Denmark, Norway, Germany, and other nations have decided to digitalize their railroads in order to advance the development of the European Train Control System (ETCS) and digital control tower technology. Along with further network extension and the employment of cutting-edge technologies, digitization is a crucial component in modernizing the rail system and, more importantly, in boosting performance.

German trains will need to adapt for a digital future, moving from traditional signal technology to radio-controlled train operation and utilizing cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence. Such technologies will enable fully automated train operation, real-time control, and accurate location in the future. Deutsche Bahn and the German Railway Industry Association established this industry wide Digitale Schiene Deutschland (Digital Tracks in Germany) program to accomplish this.

It is vital to upgrade not just the systems themselves but also the infrastructure, control, and safety technology in order for the digital technologies to coexist peacefully. By 2035, the integrated command and control system (iLBS), digital control towers (DSTW), and the full rollout of the ETCS will have completed this fundamental reform.

Increased capacity, optimal use of the rail network, and the change of transportation will all be significantly aided by modernization.

Obstacles to implementing railway technology

It is significant to remember that the components for railway technology are subject to tremendous stress in addition to the technological and structural constraints. Particularly when it comes to solutions for switch, signal, and barrier management as well as communication technologies close to the track, a sturdy component design is crucial.

Why do power supply in control cabinets near to railroad tracks need to be so strong? High needs are brought on by harsh climatic factors including extreme heat or cold, dampness, and dust. A high level of interference and vibration resistance is also required due to the high voltages and vibrations near the control cabinets. Long service life and a compact, low-maintenance design are further prerequisites for success in railway technology applications. It is necessary to adhere to the applicable criteria.

The design of systems and infrastructure in German railway technology focusses on telecommunications technology. In the future, 48 V will replace the 24 V operating voltage currently used for controllers—such as for switch controls and an extra 48 V voltage level—as the typical main voltage.

Trio Power Supply: Robust and reliable

Phoenix Contact’s Trio Power power supply exceeds exacting standards and was created primarily for use in infrastructure applications. The new power supply is ideal for use in these applications due to its shock and vibration resistance and sturdy mechanical and electrical architecture. Use the IEC 60068-2-64 standard and the railway-specific DIN EN 50125-3 standard to measure the equipment’s vibration resistance. This indicates that the equipment functions dependably even when traveling very quickly.

The new power supplies’ wide temperature range allows for a significant degree of flexibility in terms of potential applications. When exposed to temperatures between -25 and +70 °C, the power supply units are dependable and produce high power.

The Trio Power power supply has strong mechanical components as well as dependable and enduring electronics. The result is that the devices are input-side voltage-proof up to 300 V AC and 420 V DC. Another safety feature is overvoltage protection VP (OVP), which restricts overvoltage to 58 V DC. Furthermore, use control card with a protective lacquer covering to use the devices on 48 V applications subjected to heard weather conditions.

Use Trio Power supply in numerous supply networks worldwide as they come complete with an AC and DC wide-range input.

The power supply contain a dynamic power reserve that allows them to start heavy loads with reliability. For up to five seconds, they provide 1.5 times the nominal current. They also guarantee a high level of energy efficiency due to their high efficiency rating. Link multiple power supplies to generate more power. The devices’ enhanced load distribution allows for parallel operation for increased power and redundancy. Reduced inrush current improves availability even more and makes primary protection much simpler.

Challenges in telecommunications and infrastructure technology

Numerous applications, including artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous driving (Car2x communication), and intelligent production (Industry 4.0) need a quick, efficient, and secure infrastructure.

The existing 5G technology is being expanded to deliver this, and the follow-up technology is already off to a start.

The pressures on technology and systems are increasing as mobile data traffic between smart devices gets faster and more intense. Design network and communication technologies for infrastructure in order to be future proof.

Autonomous driving illustrates these connections. Share maximum amounts of data in real time between the vehicles and the transportation infrastructure to reduce traffic accidents Communication systems need powerful computers and operate at rapid rates to transmit and assess data.

The forthcoming 6G technology will have exceptionally fast data rates, albeit at the expense of transmission distance. The terahertz waves utilized for 6G also have wave properties that are more similar to infrared light than microwaves. The likelihood of redirected and obstructed waves passing through objects increases, particularly in urban settings. Future infrastructures will need numerous sending and receiving technologies to handle these issues.

Ensure a compact, maintenance-free, and environment-proof power source, such as a Phoenix Contact’s Trio Power with a wide input voltage range and 48 V DC voltage by using a dependable power supply on these decentralized systems, such as radio masts and transmitting and receiving systems.