The modernization of water management systems usually only involves individual process steps. The Monsheim wastewater treatment plant, however, is undergoing a complete overhaul. The main focus of the new concept is on achieving a more process-oriented way of working, as well as reducing energy consumption, 100 percent of which is to be self-generated in future.
Consistent from the field to the controller
Push-in from Phoenix Contact is the connection technology of the future.
Push-in connection technology reduces the costs and installation times and makes a significant contribution towards leaner production processes and automated wiring.
Push-in connection technology allows direct, tool-free conductor connection for solid conductors or conductors pre-assembled with ferrules. The special spring profile enables the easy insertion of solid conductors and conductors with ferrules starting from 0.25 mm² combined with maximum conductor pull-out forces. Continue reading
Many people recognise Phoenix Contact solely as a manufacturer of terminal blocks for electrical cabinets, but not everyone knows that we actually have more than 60,000 products in our portfolio. Even though we do have a wide range of terminals to cover all your needs in control cabinet building, we also have a huge variety of other products aimed to help you in all areas of industrial cabinet connectivity and electronics.
In this post, we shed light on another significant part of our product list – Marking Systems and Labelling. Whether you need to label terminal blocks, relays and power supplies inside the cabinet, or you need to put a label on all the conductors that connect all these devices – Phoenix Contact has something to offer you.
Today, there are already more networked devices than there are people, and the trend is accelerating. The traditional automation pyramid is being replaced by networked structures and cloud technologies. The requirements on the security, openness, and interoperability of these systems are increasing. Additionally, innovation cycles are being drastically shortened and different development tools and processes are needed to meet the increasingly demanding “time to market”.
These developments have to be taken into account. Today, one year after introducing the PLCnext Technology, Phoenix Contact presents the first industrial controller that is based on PLCnext Technology: PLCnext Control (order designation AXC F 2152).
The needs of system operators in the water and wastewater industry have changed drastically – there is a trend for higher packing density in the control cabinet and consequently ever narrower components. It is a characteristic of the water and wastewater treatment industry to have numerous networked processes – between field level, management level, and subsections that are usually far apart. The requirements on planners, installers, and operators of the systems are increasing steadily. Failsafe concepts are becoming more important due to the increasing implementation of electromechanical and electronic components, systems and solutions, as well as the networking between them.
Optimally equipped for present and future requirements
In recent years, progressing urbanization – that is, the use of river-adjacent flood zones as residential areas or the sealing of city surfaces – has combined with climate change and repeatedly resulted in significant flood damage. Furthermore, sewers and wastewater treatment plants are not designed for such natural events, nor can they be usefully designed to handle them. Erecting rain drainage structures offers a remedy.
The basis for an open, flexible, and future-proof controller generation
In recent years, automation technology has undergone rapid change. Examples of this include the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrie 4.0 or the constantly growing threat posed by unauthorized access attempts and malware. But what does this mean for manufacturers and users? And what opportunities could arise from such technological developments? The new PLCnext Technology for the up-and-coming controllers from Phoenix Contact provides practical answers.
Whether modern climate and ventilation systems in building technology or compact controllers in classic industrial applications, intelligent automation structures require functionally embedded systems. This poses a challenge to device manufacturers to develop universally operational solutions for specific tasks and ambient conditions. SKEDD direct connection technology revitalizes PCB connection technology.
Energy costs have been drastically reduced
In the New York City Transit system, heating elements are used to keep snow and ice off the electrified third rail, ensuring that the subway continues to run reliably during the winter. A wireless SCADA solution based on Trusted Wireless technology helps reduce the energy costs involved.
System safety must meet stringent requirements in process technology – reliability and availability play an important role in the continuous production process. A top priority here is the prevention of damage to equipment and the environment, as well as the prevention of hazardous situations. Being able to monitor whether the device used in surge protection is in proper working order is also useful.
How can surge protection be inspected?