Why bother with derating curves?

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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.

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Popular topics in smart networks

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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.

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The missing link

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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.

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Electric vehicle charging

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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.

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Take control of safety

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Written by Andy Maskell, Product Manager, Safety and Networks

Safety monitoring using IO Link diagnostics

Last year we introduced the PSR SWITCH concept using transponder technology for the highest level of safety in your machine. This year we introduce the other half of the story!

The PSR-MC42 Safety relay

The PSR-MC42 safety relay has two dual channel input circuits allowing for example an emergency stop circuit and up to 30 PSR-SWITCHES to be monitored at the same time offering a complete safety solution in one relay. Continue reading

What is a Smart City?

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Written by Karl Fazakerley- Product Manager, Device Connections

A smart city is the re-development of an area or city using data and communication technologies to enhance the performance and quality of services such as energy, connectivity, transportation, utilities and others.  The adoption of smart applications can provide a range of benefits for residents, from public safety to health and transportation.  One such area is lighting and how this fits within the IoT world.

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Connecting smart devices inside and out

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Written by Karl Fazakerley, Product Manager- Device Connections

In the past five years, hardly any other buzzword has driven the industrial production and automation sector like “The Intelligent Factory”.  Diverse markets as the USA, Europe and China agree on the implications: Industrial production must become more networked, more efficient, more intelligent.

By the year 2020, various studies forecast between 20 to 50 billion devices will be IT-networked “things”. Even the most cautious forecast means that there will be almost three times more “things” communicating with each other than the entire human population of our planet.

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IEC 62443 – What is it, and why do you need to start thinking about it?

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

Looking into the market space in the UK there are two types of engineer. The forward-thinking professional who is consistently looking for new technologies which will benefit them and ultimately the organisation. The other type is the engineer is of “now”, happy with using what they know and finds it hard to try new technologies whether it is because of specification challenges or the company ethos.

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Intelligent lighting solutions

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Written by Gary Nelson, Senior Product Manager- Device Connections & Scott Mulholland, Product Manager- Industrial Components

Lighting SolutionsThe trend towards LED lighting systems is becoming more prominent in our streets and shopping centres however the trend for intelligent lighting solutions is far greater than you may be aware of.

Dali used to only be used to highlight the artistic style of the fashionable painter with an excellent moustache however it is now becoming synonymous with the lighting industry. Dali stands for digital addressable lighting interface and enables communication between the user, you and me, and the lighting products within the home or work place from a single control interface.

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