Join us at ECS show!

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Written by Gary Nelson, Sales and Marketing Manager- Device Connections

As the world becomes less reliant on fossil fuels and becomes more electrified we at Phoenix Contact are continually developing new innovative connectivity solutions from our Device Connections (DC) product ranges to meet the needs of the all electric society.

Join us at the Electronics Components Show on Thursday May 19th Kassam Stadium in Oxford to see our latest product innovations and discuss how we can help you with your specific project needs.

 Our wide portfolio consists of PCB terminal blocks & connectors, high IP rated products suitable for outdoor, harsh environments and renewable energy applications and a large selection of electronic enclosures customisable to house your designs.

As the grid becomes increasingly dependent on renewable energy the management of supply and demand is critically important. Grid balancing requires building intelligence solutions and technology to manage the timing of certain activities, such as electric vehicle charging. This market sector requires a combination of power and data connectivity with a focus on ease of installation and security of data transmission.

Electric vehicles are becoming more commonplace on our roads and cover a wide range of solutions from personal transport to last mile delivery and large-scale commercial. Regardless of the vehicle type, charging infrastructure is vitally important to the transition to a more sustainable economy. The device connection requirements in this sector cover both the connection to the vehicle and the internal electronics within the charging unit itself.

With more dependency on renewable energy, energy storage is becoming a critical utility in helping to balance the grid and provide electricity when required and not just when the wind is blowing. This market sector covers both large-scale grid storage and small scale commercial and domestic storage with differing requirements for device connectivity.

Renewable Energy Generation covers several different technologies from wind power, solar and hydro-electric, and is set to become a significant proportion of our energy mix in the coming decade. Device connectivity in this market sector often requires robust connection and enclosure solutions with protection from the weather.

The World is going electric, and at Phoenix Contact we are part of the solution.

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

For more info, contact Gary on 07780 483099 or email gnelson@phoenixcontact.com

IP67 power supplies – Power where its needed

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Written by Mark Lloyd, Senior Product Manager- Power Supplies and Surge Protection

In recent times there has been a trend towards distributed automation in machine building and factory automation. This has required a re-think as to how we provide power to these distributed components.

To address this, around 3 years ago we released our first IP67 rated power supplies to meet the growing demand for a standalone power supply to provide local or de-centralised power where it is needed, for example on production lines or on conveyor systems.

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PTVFIX functional fuse blocks

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Written by Scott Mulholland, Product Manager- Industrial Components.

Our ever increasing range of PTFIX blocks now has a significant new edition. We’ve taken the key features of our PTFIX blocks and incorporated fusing functionality into them. This means that the key benefits of PTFIX can now be transferred into your overload and short circuit protection requirements:

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50 years of Combicon!

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Written by Karl Fazakerley, Product Manager- Device Connections

I am going to keep this blog short and sweet as I don’t think I need to be the one telling the story.  I think I will let the products do the talking itself. 

This blog is all about celebration and as a company Phoenix Contact is proud of its past and welcomes the future. COMBICON, the world’s largest portfolio of PCB connection technology, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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BS7671 18th edition Amendment 2 – now encompasses safety services

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Written by Mark Lloyd, Senior Product Manager- Power Supplies & Surge Protection

The current 18th edition version of BS7671, more commonly known as the wiring regs has been in force since January 2019, so a little over 3 years. I wrote a blog around the time predicting that the issue of surge protection would become much more of a hot topic and thankfully that has proved to be the case.

The list of instances where surge protection needs to be used was fairly clear and has resulted in surge protection being installed more routinely in domestic, commercial and industrial applications.

As a reminder the current 18th edition states: 

Protection against transient over-voltages shall be provided where the consequence caused by over voltage could:

i. Result in serious injury to, or loss of, human life
ii. Result in interruption of public services and/or damage cultural heritage
iii. Result in interruption of commercial or industrial activity
iv. Affect a large number of co-located individuals”

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3 ways we are transforming the Smart Buildings Industry!

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Written by Deepan Patel, Industry Manager- Infrastructure

You might think as a building owner or facilities manager your building is functioning well and there aren’t any visible issues. So why bother making changes right!? The building automation system (BMS) is doing its thing! Just like a few decades ago when it was first commissioned. Why introduce unnecessary unwanted costs?

While these thoughts might be understandable, you could be potentially missing out on the significant savings in costs and system optimisation of making it a modernised smart building. Gartner predicts our BMS sector will see the high growth on the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices adoption.

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PSRmodular – as adaptable as a Chamelion!

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Written by Leigh Jenkins, Product Manager- Safety & Networks

Now is the time to switch from PSRtrisafe to PSRmodular – Phoenix Contact is always on hand to help…

With the pending discontinuation date for PSRtrisafe range closing in daily, the time to move over to the latest technology replacement from Phoenix Contact is NOW. Every effort will be made by Phoenix Contact to provide availability as per the timeline. Although we are already seeing an increase in demand on the PSRmodular range (due to customers who have already made the switch), this demand will affect the manufacturing and availability for the PSRtrisafe products, resulting in them becoming extremely limited or not available prior to the planned end of life date.

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Embrace power from the sun

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Written by Mark Lloyd, Senior Product Manager- Surge Protection & Power Supplies and Fraser Cowie, Product Manager- Interface

Whether you own your home, run a business, or have some land that can be developed, you can make use of this space to install solar panels, which will help reduce your carbon footprint and you can benefit from lower energy bills.

Phoenix Contact have a plethora of solutions which can be utilised in solar applications helping you to install, control and protect your solar application.

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Join us at PCB Live!

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Written by Gary Nelson, Sales & Marketing Manager- Device Connections.

The world is becoming more electrified, as we strive towards a carbon free sustainable future, and at Phoenix Contact we are continually developing new innovative connectivity solutions from our Device Connections (DC) product ranges.

Join us at PCB Design and Manufacturing Live on March 24th at the British motor museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire and talk to our DC product management team about how we can help you with your specific project needs.

Our wide portfolio consists of PCB terminal blocks & connectors, high IP rated products suitable for outdoor, harsh environments and renewable energy applications and a large selection of electronic enclosures customisable to house your designs.

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E-mobility: what is its place in the All Electric Society?

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Written by Gary Chater, Industry Manager – E-mobility

Back in January, Andy Mills explored the All Electric Society and what it means to Phoenix Contact. How does E-mobility fit into this vision?

E-mobility is a broad term, new enough to mean different things to different people. It is tempting to associate it solely with cars, but at Phoenix Contact we are fortunate to be working with partners at the forefront of an even broader revolution. Projects for cars, buses, trucks, boats and electric motorcycles are underway, all of which require AC or DC inlets. Talking about a revolution sounds like hyperbole, but consider the BBC piece “Why electric cars will take over sooner than you think”: we are rapidly approaching a tipping point.

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