Written by Andy Neat- Product Manager, Marking & Installation
I’ve put my selfie stick down from vlogging today and turned back to my keyboard for a change, after all, it has been nearly a year since my last blog so why not?!
Just like Game Of Thrones, all good things must come to an end…well I didn’t actually watch Game Of Thrones, but everyone told me it was good…apparently Jon Snow knows nothing??…anyway, like I was saying, all good things come to an end and is also the case for our long serving design software Clip Project.
Written by Fraser Cowie- Product Marketing Manager, Interface
COMPLETE line – The comprehensive solution for the control cabinet
In today’s automated world our machines and systems are becoming more and more complex. As a result of this, the required wiring effort of individual components in these systems is comprehensive and expensive.
No engineer wants to have to wire multiple inputs and outputs on high density I/O cards. It is time consuming and the chances of making an error are high.
Written by Mark Lloyd, Product Manager- Poser Supplies & Surge Protection
Surge protection is now mandatory in accordance with NFPA 79 (2018 edition).
It should be obvious that Machine builders who export their products to North America are subject to the laws and regulations applicable there, and one of the most important technical standards relating to machines is the 2018 revision of the NFPA 79 standard.
What is NFPA 79?
The Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery (NFPA 79) is a safety standard developed and published by the US-American organization National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). It contains requirements concerning electrical safety of industrial machinery. Every industrial machine which is produced in or imported into the USA, has to fulfil the requirements of the NFPA 79. If not, it is not allowed to be connected to the power supply network.
Written by Nuno Vasco, Field Sales Engineer- Rail
I have been managing the Rail Industry for Phoenix Contact for over a year now and I can only look back and reflect on the challenges faced by myself. Also how I have tackled these challenges and removed them from the equation.
In April last year I started investigating the signalling and infrastructure sectors of the rail industry here in the UK and after many discussions, events and networking evenings I have been put on the “right track”. Starting conversations with Network Rail and given guidance through many institutions of which I am a member of the Permanent Way Institution and the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers.
Written by Mark Lloyd, Product Manager- Power Supplies & Surge Protection
What use is the best type of surge protection if you don‘t know how long it will remain active?
When I took on the role of the UK Product Management for Surge & Lightning Protection devices, I thought I had successfully avoided any complicated Industry 4.0 or Industrial Internet of Things involvement. I thought you couldn’t possibly be able to monitor surge currents and transient over-voltages in real time over a network. Boy, was I wrong.
This month we have unveiled ImpulseCheck which is the world’s first intelligent assistance system for surge protection in the field of mains protection.
Written by Duncan Nicol, Sales & Marketing Manager – Device Connections
When it comes to designing a new electronic device, the initial considerations are function and aesthetics to ensure the device meets the requirements of the environment it is designed to function in.
Way down the list of things to consider is the connector(s). And this can be something of an issue if the layout is already defined by the silicon and enclosure design. By definition, a connector is a component that interacts with other elements in the device or with the outside world. It connects things together, and for this reason the connector(s) is an integral part of the design.
Written by Scott Mulholland- Product Manager, Industrial Components
When deadlines are approaching, and the pressure is ramping up, we can all be guilty of specifying components that we are pretty sure will be fit for the job at hand. If time is of the essence, and the clock is ticking, it can be all too easy to give the product’s technical data a cursory ‘glance over’ for fleeting confirmation of what we suspect the product’s performance characteristics are.
Written by Gareth Chamberlain- Product Manager, Cyber Security & IT Automation
I have been surprised over the last few years on how a simple product whose technology has been around for the last 25+ years, can change an application and save so much time and cable costs.
Looking at the Smart Networks campaign we are running in the UK, I always thought that Cyber Security and Cloud based systems would be at the forefront of the demand, however, wireless technology is one of the most popular subjects I speak to customers about. There are so many different ways that wireless can be implemented that I am always amazed in what our customers can do with these products.
I would like to show you the top three wireless products and some of the ways they can be implemented.
Written by Gary Nelson- Senior Product Manager, Device Connections and Gareth Chamberlain- Product Manager, Cyber Security & IT Automation
In the world of smart networks, communication is key. But when do you make the decision of which connection technology to use?
Designing a network is always an intensive process, planning out what is needed and how devices will communicate with one another. Talking to people involved with each process, talking to the safety engineer and talking to the controls engineer and many other people. You have planned out the subnet and if any other network protocols are to run across the topology. But the one thing most network designers forget is what media and what connection is going to be used.
Written by Nigel Dawbarn, Sales & Marketing Manager – Industry Management
I took on the responsibility for Phoenix Contact’s E-Mobility product range about a year ago, and wow! not a week goes by without several new enquiries from new contacts or new enquiries from existing customers. The ideas and applications differ, making for very interesting discussions.