Compact industrial PCs

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Written by Gareth Chamberlain, Product Manager- Cyber Security & IT Automation

An industrial PC is normally the last thing on many developers’ / integrators’ minds when designing an application. The process of selecting an IPC can also be a daunting task when selecting the specifications- this is where our knowledge of industrial computing can help you to decide the correct unit for you.

With more decentralised systems becoming more prominent within the automation community and EDGE/FOG computing, Phoenix Contact launched a new range of IPCs at the SPS show in Nuremburg in November. Our new range of IPCs are designed with high performance for its class and the usual Phoenix Contact rugged quality.

Introducing the BL2 BPC 1500:

  • Metal compact housing
  • Intel Celeron N3350 processor
  • Microsoft Windows 10 and Linux are supported
  • M.2 Storage options
  • Serial Port (optional)
  • WLAN 802.11 (optional)

With the size of the housing 97 x 95 x 49 mm (without the optional COM ports) there are a huge array of applications this can run within.

The BL BPC 1500 industrial PCs will be available from 1st of January 2020.

Phoenix Contact has a wide portfolio of industrial PCs that can help you in your application. If you have any questions regarding the BL BPC 1500 or need help in your selection of an IPC that will fit your project please contact us.

For more information, contact Gareth on 07946 757375 or email

Building automation “How to”

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After a successful Smart Buildings Show at Olympia in October, we had a number of questions asking how to integrate further IO modules into the ILC 2050 BI Controller for different functions. Deepan has created this video to show how to do this.

The ILC 2050 BI controller from Phoenix Contact runs the Niagara Framework software and we have many IO modules you can choose from that offer a small footprint, enabling you to achieve a lot in a small space. This was one key factor which grabbed the attention of the visitors to our stand.

Watch out for more upcoming How To videos based around our ILC 2050 BI (Niagara) controller.

If you want to know more on our Building solutions please contact Deepan on 07908 485011 or email

The machine safety lifecycle

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Written by Andy Maskell, Product Manager- Safety

A simple guide to Functional Safety for machines.

Ok, I do not want to make out that machine safety is simple…I would be out of a job! The reality is we have to take some essential steps in order to arrive at the correct safety solution and put it into action.

That is where we can help.

Phoenix Contact defines Functional Safety as a Safety life cycle. The safety lifecycle shows 8 phases dependent on whether safety related software is used or not.

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Duplicon is retiring…

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Written by Scott Mulholland, Product Manager- Industrial Components

All good things must come to an end, time moves on etc…..

Phoenix Contact have always been proactive in bringing innovative ways of distributing power in the field. Back in the day (to coin another cliché) our Duplicon range was our solution for distributing power for LV applications.

The time has come for Duplicon to be retired after years of solid service. It will be phased out mid 2020. The successors to this system are our Heavycon, QPD and IPD installation systems.

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Top 5 tips for marking systems

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Written by Andy Neat, Product Manager- Marking & Installation

Morning and welcome again to one of my Monday morning blogs! Today I’m going to talk about ‘top tips’, which is very topical in the Neat household at the moment as I have a 5 week old baby. So all hints and tips for a full night’s sleep are gladly welcome at the moment!

So if you use Phoenix Contact marking systems or are looking at using them in the future then with out further a do, please read on where I’m going to jump straight in and give you my low down on top tips for using Phoenix Contact marking systems:

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Engineering Design show 2019 impressions

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Written by Duncan Nicol, Sales & Marketing Manager- Device Connections

The 2019 Engineering Design Show took place earlier this month at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry and in case you missed it, here are some highlights of the show.

The show attracted 4000 resisted visitors and covered a broad range of solutions from robotics, 3D printing, embedded systems, device connectivity and much more besides.

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Do you have issues when switching DC Solenoids?

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James West, technical support engineer for Interface technology and switching devices discusses one of the technical problems he regularly gets asked about.

As a technical support engineer, I get a lot of support enquiries requesting replacement relays. Most of these application problems could be avoided by using the correct type of relay.

Solenoids are a common method of controlling valves in an automated machine. They do not have a particularly high holding current, however they are often used in high frequency switching applications and it’s this factor which will cause any associated mechanical relay to eventually fail.

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Efficient energy management

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Written by Fraser Cowie, Product Marketing Manager- Interface

Phoenix Contact has an innovative and coordinated portfolio of class leading products that can save you time when it comes to energy data acquisition. Future-oriented communication solutions and digital services help you to integrate, manage and process your data.

Whether you are doing complex energy measurements or simple cost centre billing Phoenix Contact has a solution for you with EMPro multifunctional energy measuring devices, including MID certified meters, conventional current transformers and retrofit Rogowski CTs.

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Protect your most sensitive equipment

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

If you were to ask any electrician or plant maintenance engineer what the main reasons are for electrical equipment failure, some of the answers would be insulation degradation, poor grounding, bad connections but I would put money on voltage spikes as being one of the top answers…..

Voltage spikes can be harmful to electrical and electronic devices and increasing the voltage above a devices nominal operating voltage can cause internal arcing and heat generation that can cause damage to circuits, and with devices becoming smaller and more sophisticated this increases the likelihood of this kind of damage. Often if damage occurs within the devices usually warranty period, the cause may not even be identified. 

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