Is your power supply ready for the Industrial Internet of Things? The QUINT4 DC UPS sure is.

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Written by Mark Lloyd


In 2004, we released our first DC UPS, the first generation QUINT-UPS, which is still in use and purchased today.

Then in 2011, we released the QUINT UPS-IQ, which for the first time allowed some monitoring of the connected battery to see such things as battery status, battery lifetime, and remaining runtime. With this generation of UPS it is possible to pass this info up to higher level controls but requires additional hardware.

Now, with the release of the QUINT4 DC UPS it is possible to integrate a UPS into an industrial network directly with no additional hardware.

With models for PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT® most popular networks are covered. In addition, there is a version with a USB interface, and one with no network connections, only relay/transistor outputs.

In terms of output, there are 5, 10, 20 and 40A ratings meaning a total of 20 brand new models.


Using the tried and trusted IQ Technology, reliable determination of remaining service life in months and remaining buffer times in minutes can be monitored and reported.

With automatic battery detection, battery technologies including VRLA, VRLA-WTR (Wide Temperature Range) or Lithium-Ion with different capacities can be connected, and with the most powerful battery charger, loads are prioritised and recharge times minimised.

Integration is straightforward with function blocks available for the Phoenix Contact PCWorx as well as third-party packages, TIA-Portal, Logix Designer or TwinCAT.

The UPS also features Extended Load Management which allows Monitoring of currents and voltages at the input, output, battery and the upstream QUINT POWER unit, and allows shut down of connected loads including industrial PC’s.  Another useful feature is the Cold Start function that enables the UPS to start up via the battery.

So with many of the most popular networks covered and with more to follow, the QUINT4 DC-UPS is the perfect choice for the Industrial IoT.

For more information contact Mark Lloyd on

Product Marketing Manager – Power Supplies & Surge Protection

Tel: +44 (0)7717 335477


Getting to know the small, but mighty…Thermofox

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Don’t fancy reading a blog this morning? Perhaps you’re recovering after England’s heroics in the world cup yesterday? No problem, In that case, you can get to know our handheld printer the THERMOFOX with a Vlog instead.

For more info, get in touch:

Andy Neat – Product Manager – Marking and Installation


What’s new for Smart Networks…

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Written by Gareth Chamberlain

For the last two weeks, we have been busy. The old technical wall has been demolished and a new wall has been constructed in its place. Why? You might ask. Not only do we update the demonstration wall every so often to show new products, we also thought this time it would be more suited to be more than just a showroom. So we decided to create the Smart Networks wall (cue unveiling music). This allows us to give more of a service towards yourself and the needs of an application.

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What has surge protection got to do with safety?

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Written by Mark Lloyd and Andy Maskell

Anything that increases the reliability of your safety circuit has to be a good thing…..

In fact, it is a basic requirement when using safety relays or Safe PLC’s that the outputs are protected against overcurrent and overvoltage to prevent dangerous failures.

In the case of a safety relay output, this may be in the form of a welded relay contact for example.

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Discover the latest in energy and transport technology at Fully Charged Live 2018…

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Written by Nigel Dawbarn

In a couple of weekend’s time, we will exhibit at “Fully Charged Live” at the Silverstone Circuit. An exhibition of energy and transportation technologies, with an, Ask the Expert area and lots of theatre sessions including panel discussions around the subject of Electric Vehicles in the UK. Hosts include Robert Llewellyn, Jonny Smith and Helen Czerski from the YouTube show “Fully Charged”


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Small, but powerful: Discover the new 1kVA QUINT4 AC UPS

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Written by Mark Lloyd

I have been working with AC UPS systems from a few VA up to a few hundred kilowatts for a number of years now. What that experience has taught me, is that including a UPS in a system design is very often an afterthought. In smaller systems such as a typical ICA panel, where only a few kVA is required, space is often at a premium. Therefore, trying to fit a UPS in post design can be tricky.


What generally happens is that a standard off the shelf, commercial UPS is placed in the bottom of the panel.  This firstly does not look very good and secondly is not a very industrial solution.

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Drives & Controls… The burning questions we have the answer to…

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Did you come and see us at Drives & Controls? If so, brilliant, this is for you. If not, brilliant, this is for you too!

As we find all too often, not everybody is aware of how vast the Phoenix Contact range of products is. This was a great opportunity for everyone involved in all aspects of engineering to see what we can do and discuss applications and possible solutions. It was a great success and a huge thank you to anyone that had any kind of engagement with the show, you could not beat the buzz of the open days a t the NEC.

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Design for Manufacturer

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Choosing the right solution to optimise production and reduce assembly costs.

It wasn’t so long ago that PCB production was predominantly manual assembly of through-hole components followed by wave soldering and then manual test and inspection. In the mid-nineties I was tasked with introducing surface mount technology (SMT) into fire detection products and worked closely with production to optimise the design and manufacturing processes. Over time we were able to significantly reduce the use of the manual assembly and the wave oven, saving production costs and time consuming maintenance.

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