What we have in store at IP Expo 2018…

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Written by Gareth Chamberlain

Is it me, or has this year flown by so quickly?

It seems only like yesterday that we were lapping up and then moaning about the UK heatwave like the typical brits we are. But, with October on the horizon, we are getting ready for taking our network technology on the road to the IPExpo in London on the 3rd and 4th of October.
What is IPExpo? I hear you typing away on google. IPExpo is an IT exhibition that is renowned for its speakers and technology on display. It is one of the biggest IT fairs in Europe.

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Quench your thirst for knowledge with new products for the Food and Beverage industry

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Written by Fraser Cowie, Product Manager – Interface

Phoenix Contact provides a multitude of products and solutions for the food and beverage market . In this blog I will discuss a product range that I see as particularly beneficial.

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I recently did some product training in Germany and was given various different competitor signal conditioners to wire.  I am no expert, but after 2 minutes of trying to cable one particularly complicated product I started to feel sorry for electrical engineers who regularly have to struggle just to connect a wire.

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Easily combine various connection technologies within the same enclosure

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Written by Gary Nelson, Senior Product Manager- Device Connections.

Are you looking for an easy way to combine conventional connection technologies for signal, data and power within one electronics enclosure for use on a DIN rail?

ICSThe requirements of the internet of things and Industry 4.0 means more and more technology needs to be incorporated within less space and the ability to bring multiple connection technologies onto the DIN rail is becoming increasingly more challenging. A typical device now needs to be able to communicate with units sitting directly along the same DIN rail as well as cloud bases or other devices located elsewhere within the facility whilst being as compact as possible to save space within the control cabinet.

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Do you need to comply with current Machine Safety standards?

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Written by Andy Maskell, Product Manager- Safety

The simple answer is yes! The difficult bit is making sure it happens and making sure we apply all of the relevant standards in the right way.

For this weeks blog I want to take a look at “Fault Masking” and some of the associated standards as well as some solutions that will help you comply.

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Looking for a solution for the obsolete Interbus Master? We can help with that…

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Written by Tony Deane, CST Technical Manager

Please allow me to introduce to you the Interbus/Profinet proxy FL PND 4TX IB G4 Master.

Out with the Old in with the New

S5, S7300, S7400 DSC-T BASED G4 MASTER INTERBUS SYSTEM

S5, S7300, S7400 DSC-T BASED G4 MASTER INTERBUS SYSTEM

Does your company currently have an extensive Interbus network running an essential part of your control infrastructure controlled by a Siemens Simatic S5, S7 300 or S7 400 PLC?

Are you concerned about the obsolescence of these control platforms with regard to your future business and everyday operations?

If the answer to either of these questions is yes, read on!

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The Future is Electric

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Written by Duncan Nicol

For thousands of years we have relied on carbon fuels to power our world and for a long time, it made a lot of sense. Carbon fuels such as coal and oil were easy to get to and therefore a cheap source of fuel and energy dense. As demand increased they became harder to find and then, of course, the environmental impact became widely known, but by then we were so very dependent on them. Continue reading

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

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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.

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