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
Power supplies and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)
Power supplies and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) from Phoenix Contact are high-quality products featuring leading technology.
Our power supplies, DC/DC converters, redundancy modules, and uninterruptible power supplies are optimally tailored in terms of their functionality and design to the requirements of a range of industries. Please see some of the products we have that are brand new.
Modular system for uninterruptible power supplies: Intelligent in every combination
Phoenix Contact’s modular system for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) provides users with increased flexibility in industrial environments. Thanks to a variety of energy storage technologies, users can combine units to meet their individual requirements, such as long buffer times, long service life, extreme environmental conditions, and maintenance-free operation.
Uninterruptible power supply for AC systems in industrial environments: AC UPS – rugged and flexible
Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) have become a standard in industrial applications. However, it’s not just the DC consumers that need to be protected against power drops. AC loads, such as camera systems or IPCs, also need to keep running during temporary supply failures. Phoenix Contact’s industrial-grade Quint AC UPS with IQ technology offers a more suitable alternative to the office UPS solutions frequently encountered in this area. The Quint AC UPS can be latched onto the DIN rail, it is certified for all standard industrial requirements, and thanks to a range of different power storage concepts, it can be deployed very flexibly.
The intelligent AC UPS with IQ technology guarantees superior system availability. Monitor and optimize your energy storage with the QUINT AC UPS.
Written by Amandeep Yashpal, Product Specialist – Cyber Security & Networks – UAE
Cyber security is a vital part of the process and infrastructure industry operations
Nowadays, Cyber security is a vital part of the process and infrastructure industry operations. Industrial cyber security refers to the protection of internal components and systems from internal and external malicious attacks to maintain the Availability, Integrity, and Confidentiality. It protects the industries against loss or damage.
Most of the network devices used in the industrial network are designed to meet functional requirement, safety, reliability and real time response. They were physically isolated from the outside networks. Most of the time only proprietary protocol and solutions are used for the industry network. At a later stage, TCP/IP protocol is introduced to industry networks which connect the industrial network to an external network. The introduction of TCP/IP to industrial networks, create new possibilities for better connectivity and also provide rich opportunities to adversaries to exploit the vulnerabilities.
The root cause of this intense new risk relates to the complexity of ICS legacy system that was never originally designed to stop cyber-attacks. Legacy water pump installed over the plant 15 years back, were obviously not designed to address modern cyber security attacks. Complex legacy technology and high attack consequences lead to a high cyber security risk for most industrial networks. It could be any reason for such incidents to happen. Likewise
Lack of redundancy in the network.
No segmentation of network.
No security perimeter is defined.
Firewall is not incorporated in the network architecture.
No deep inspection of packets moving from field device to field device or control server.
Insecure remote connections.
Lack of compatibility of security architectural components with legacy protocols and system.
No mechanism to identify the changes in configuration of field device and files.
The biggest challenge in the ICS and SCADA security protection is that the infrastructure used in ICS & SCADA is having significant legacy technology. This includes older protocol and proprietary control components. Continue reading →
Lightning and surge protection from Phoenix Contact with Safe Energy Control Technology offers maximum performance with long service life.
To meet the demands of the market, Phoenix Contact places the highest value on new and ongoing development of technologies. This happens in close coordination with technical universities and colleges. One excellent example of this is the new spark gap with Safe Energy Control technology. Professionally developed, designed and tested in our pulse and high-current laboratory, lightning current protective devices and surge protective devices from Phoenix Contact provide the perfect protection for any power supply.
Increased service life of the electrical installation, thanks to spark gap without line follow current
Inexpensive and space-saving installation by eliminating the need for a separate arrester backup fuse
Easy replacement in the event of servicing with protective devices which all feature a pluggable design
Predictive testing of the protective plug with the CHECKMASTER 2
Safe Energy Control Technology: Surge protection without line follow current or backup fuses
Safe Energy Control, abbreviated SEC, is synonymous with outstanding durability and maximum performance in the area of lightning current and surge protection. The revolutionary spark gap technology safely prevents any line follow current. This reduces the load on the entire installation to a minimum. This means outstanding durability for the surge protective devices at the same time. The protective devices work quietly in the background and help protect the entire system. Backup fuse-free solutions are available for all applications.
Visit our website to learn more about our SEC range lightning current protective devices and surge protective devices.
Save space and time with your potential distribution by using Push-in distribution blocks
The new PTFIX distribution blocks from Phoenix Contact can be used straight away without manual bridging, thus enabling space savings of up to 80 percent. The 1.5 mm² and 2.5 mm² distribution blocks are available with various numbers of positions and can be arranged in series without loss of pitch. Flexibly extend your potential with two-position standard jumpers.
The distribution blocks are also available with DIN-rail, direct or adhesive mounting, allowing you to flexibly build any application. Pre-treated or rigid conductors are connected quickly with the tool-free push-in direct connection technology. Transverse installation on the DIN rail and the compact design achieves space savings of up to 50 percent.
Distribution and power blocks with 6, 12, and 18 terminal points are available in eleven colors for clear, intuitive, and safe installation. The marking of all terminal points ensures a very clear wiring layout. The PTFIX distribution blocks therefore ensure flexible and cost-effective load and control current distribution.
Ready-to-use blocks for rapid mounting without manual bridging, and time savings of up to 80%
Flexible configuration in your application through various mounting options: DIN rail mounting, direct mounting or adhesive bonding
Time-saving pre-treated and solid conductor connection, thanks to tool-free direct Push-in connection technology
Transverse mounting saves up to 50% space on the DIN rail
Color assignment of conductor and terminal point for an intuitive and secure installation with eleven colors
Connect in a series without division loss and flexibly expand potential with standard jumpers