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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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