Reflecting on 10 years of Phoenix Contact in the Middle East
Celebrating 10 years of the establishment of our subsidiary in Dubai, being the first in our industry to establish a regional office, Phoenix Contact Middle East extends its sincere thanks to the leaders of the UAE and to all our business partners and valued customers in the region for their continued support, cooperation, and trust.
Phoenix Contact’s history has been shaped by a passion for innovation and technology. For generations, the firm has been committed to offering its customers the best quality in every respect. Phoenix Contact continues to invest in groundbreaking technology and in new products which will lead the industry in the upcoming times.
The firm’s approach is based on a solid foundation of trust and partnership. This motivates the company to take responsibility and gives it the needed freedom to come up with new ideas. In order to work together as closely as possible with their customers, they have established reliable local structures, supported by trusted channel partners to support their customers in their business wherever they are in the MENEA region.
Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Managing Director of Dubai Science Park, said: “Phoenix Contact was one of the very first businesses to establish in Dubai Science Park, and has since played an integral and pioneering role in developing our vibrant community of more than 350 companies and 3,600 industry professionals. It is with pride to have witnessed Phoenix Contact grow from strength to strength, as it is our mandate to support our partners. We wish Phoenix Contact our heartiest congratulations on journeying with us for the past 10 years.”
Interested to learn more about the phenomenon of surges and how a surge protection device works?
Then this training is tailored to your needs
We are pleased to announce that we are holding a one day training course on Surge protection on the 21st October, 2018 at the Phoenix Contact Training Center in Dubai, located at the Dubai International Academic City. You are invited to register for this training and invite your colleagues/ friends to register as well.
Developed and conducted by an expert in this field, Mr. Eugen Friesen – Strategic Market Support at the Business Unit TrabTech – Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co KG -, this comprehensive training course aims at enhancing your understanding of surges and the functioning of surge protection devices.
Upon successful completion, all participants will be issued with a Certificate from Phoenix Contact.
Photovoltaic (PV) systems have become an important and established source of power, with a current installed capacity of approximately 230 gigawatts worldwide. In the Middle East alone, 11 gigawatts projects have been announced that are either in the bidding or the pre-qualification stage. The main driver for adopting solar and renewables in the region is the low prices of solar energy that led policy makers and industry leaders to take a number of steps towards increasing and accelerating the adoption of it.
Photovoltaic systems are being installed in industrial areas and public spaces more and more frequently because environmentally friendly power sources are perceived positively by the public. This trend is further fueled by the fact that PV applications are easy to use.
First of all, to enhance the efficiency and yield of your photovoltaic system, you need to use a continuous operating data acquisition and intelligent data management. Irrespective of which transmission medium you use, Phoenix Contact has the right network components for you to set up a failsafe communication solution. The basis for this includes the high-performance Gigabit switches, modems, and media converters.
Moreover, the profitable operation of large photovoltaic systems requires continuous monitoring and control at segment level. The Array Control switchgear and controlgear assembly from Phoenix Contact performs this function and records all relevant data related to the current performance of the arrays, the ambient conditions, and the inverter status. This data is transmitted to a higher-level SCADA system in the central control room.
Phoenix Contact provides standard and customer-specific solutions for the automation and visualization of photovoltaic systems. Read more
Incorporate Quint DC UPS easily and flexibly into existing networks
Continuing to supply machinery and equipment with power, even in the event of a mains failure, is imperative. Similarly, the ability of the UPS to communicate plays an important role in meeting this requirement. For that reason, we came with the new Quint DC UPS is the first intelligent and network-capable uninterruptible power supply for connecting to the Industrial Ethernet.
First of all, power fluctuations and the failure of the supply voltage generally result in an interruption in operations. In the worst-case scenario, it can result in a total plant failure. Many industry sectors use uninterruptible power supplies, or UPSs for short to avoid this and prevent downtime. This type of solution include three functional units: the power supply, the UPS itself, and the energy storage device. The power supply supplies energy to the load as long as the primary-side mains voltage is present. If the mains fail, the UPS takes over. It switches to the energy storage device so that the connected loads charge with power without interruption. After all, the required power becomes available by the energy storage device. Continue reading →
In many production operations, control systems from different manufacturers and different generations are in use due to long runtimes – many systems are already decades old. This results in a corresponding pressure to modernize process systems. The way to a modern, digital plant is based on a three-step plan. The goal is to bring the communications up to the state of the art so as to optimize maintenance processes, reduce unplanned failures, and make inspection rounds paperless.
Never change a running system – this phrase fits especially well to the process industry. Many chemical plants are often more than 20 years old and need to be modernized because built-in devices were discontinued or more efficient components became available. Process plant operators are retrofitting in order to gain more reliability and reduced downtime. With Phoenix Contact, valuable space in the switch cabinet is optimized and applications are made ready for future requirements.
We are experiencing sweeping changes due to digitalization. In the face of this, only those who grasp the opportunities and explore these new horizons will be successful.
At the heart of digitalization is the intelligent networking of business processes, systems,
components, of all things and people. This networking creates new, self‑controlling and self‑optimizing systems with enormous potential for efficiency and productivity increases.
Phoenix Contact is already exploiting this potential now in in‑house applications. Based on the experiences gained from this work, we are developing new products and solutions that will support you on your journey toward digitalization.
Our Highlights 2018 brochure provides you with a few examples of these: from smart connectors, through to our control platform for the digital future, and easy access to the cloud.
Phoenix Contact at Hannover Messe 2018 – the world’s largest industrial trade show
With its future-oriented connection technology, Phoenix Contact is your key partner on the journey to the smart factory, a digital factory. While Phoenix Contact is by your side, you are ideally prepared for the digital transformation: become an Industrie 4.0 company.
Hannover Messe News from PHOENIX CONTACT
We cover the Hannover Messe news with multiple videos every day during the industrial fair on our YouTube channel. Find out what our CEO Frank Stührenberg says about combining innovative ideas and technical innovation with new business models in order to be a reliable partner for our customers.
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Discover Highlights 2018
Due to digitalization, we are experiencing sweeping changes. In the face of this, only those who grasp the opportunities and explore these new horizons will be successful.
At the heart of digitalization is the intelligent networking of business processes, systems, components, of all things and people. As a result, this networking creates new autonomous self-optimizing systems with enormous potential for enhanced efficiency and productivity.
Furthermore, Phoenix Contact is already exploiting this potential in in-house applications. Based on the experiences gained from this work, we are developing new products and solutions that will support you on your journey toward digitalization.
Our Highlights 2018 brochure provides you with a few examples: from smart connectors, through to our control platform for the digital future, and easy access to the cloud.
Push-in connection technology: consistent from the field to the controller
Consistent from the field to the controller
Thanks to push-in connection technology from Phoenix Contact, you can wire your entire application easily and without tools. A complete product range is available for consistent wiring from the field to power wiring and the controller. Without tools, you can easily contact sensors and actuators, modular terminal blocks, INTERFACE, and automation components.
Push-in connection technology was developed for direct conductor connection, so this means that without any tools, you can insert solid conductors or conductors with ferrules into the conductor connection.
In addition, the special spring profile enables effortless insertion of conductors with ferrules of 0.25 mm² or more. The contact spring opens automatically when the conductor is pushed in and thereby provides the required pressure force against the current bar. The spring opens by an actuation lever either to release conductors or connect stranded conductors without ferrule from 0.14 mm² without direct contact with live parts. You can operate the actuation lever with all standard screwdrivers.
The ready-to-connect Push-in PTFIX distribution blocks now save even more time and space during installation.
Simply unpack, connect, and you are done!
As automation becomes increasingly common, the number of sensors and actuators is also increasing – making potential distribution or collection more complex as a result. With this new concept of compact distribution blocks with Push-in Technology, you can now shorten assembly times considerably.
You can use and extend the distribution blocks straight away as required. They are available in different numbers of positions and mounting types. Providing electrical energy and distributing it to consumers – this is the basic requirement for the electrical connection technology. What started with setting up electrical power grids for lighting systems and smaller electrical drives from the beginning of the 19th century, today is also a central topic for highly complex switch and controller systems.
The connection technology was simple at that time – contacts were soldered or had screwed connections. Industrialization then caused a rapid evolution of the power grids with new possibilities for the distribution of electricity. The electrical connection technology has developed into the modular control cabinet wiring prevailing in industrial systems today. Electrical energy is no longer “just” distributed, it is also switched, controlled, converted and protected.
Industrial Security: CIFS (Common Internet File System)
Written by Amandeep Yashpal, Product Specialist – Cyber Security & Networks – UAE
The Common Internet File System (CIFS) is the standard way that computer users share files across corporate intranets and the Internet. An enhanced version of the Microsoft open, cross-platform Server Message Block (SMB) protocol, CIFS is a native file-sharing protocol in Windows 2000.
In operational environment, the life of an appliance is three to four years and it is easy to replace this appliance with a new appliance laced with advance technology. However, in an industrial environment, the life of a digital asset is 15 to 20 years and it’s a challenging job to always make any change in the critical environment.
In manifold industries, computer with window XP and older operating systems are in operation while Microsoft ended support for Window XP on April 8, 2014. Afterwards, Microsoft did not provide any security patch and other kind of support for the Window XP operating system. Systems with an old operating system without updates are more vulnerable to attacks and hence increase the attack surface.
To overcome this problem, secure the vulnerable system and protect it from any malicious attack, Phoenix Contact came up with mGuard CIFS Integrity Monitoring Solution, which is in demand for protecting the systems having old operating systems in an industrial environment.
With mGuard CIFS Integrity Monitoring, Phoenix Contact offers an award-winning, industry suitable solution to protect Windows-based automation components against malware infestation. To achieve this, mGuard Integrity Monitoring supervises file systems against unexpected modifications or additions to programs, dynamic link libraries, and other executable code without utilizing virus patterns – thus eliminating the need for their permanent update. This innovation can even detect damages from zero day exploits for which virus patterns don’t even exist yet.
Benefit of CIFS
Secure | reliable identification of malware modifications
Independent | no need for anti-virus pattern updates
Slim | reduced impacts on your system and real-time performance