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Rachel Boyd

About Rachel Boyd

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Smart energy solutions

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Written by Andy Moore, Industry Manager- Energy

Around 5 months ago I started working for Phoenix Contact as an industry manager for energy. The goal of this role was to look at the market in detail and promote Phoenix Contact’s products. In doing so I hoped to be able to make a positive effect and enable the energy network to become smarter and more efficient and, ultimately, I will be aiming to support and develop a sustainable future in the energy market working alongside Phoenix Contact customers.

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The Tour Showcase

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Written by Andy Mills, Sales & Marketing Manager- Industrial Components & Electronics

We often get asked by customers “can you please come and do a workshop to show everything that you do?”…

The answer is of course “No problem”.

The downside to this approach is the sheer amount of products we are able to show, so there will likely be some aspects which are less applicable to the customer’s needs.

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Protect your electronics- whatever the weather!

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

With temperatures rising and thunderclouds forming our weather systems create challenging environments for externally based electronic devices so how do you ensure they still function?

We all hear of global warming in the media almost daily and, whether you believe the hype or not, none of us can deny that our UK weather has a tendency to change dramatically very quickly. As people, we can change the layers of clothing we wear to compensate for temperature changes and it’s a worldwide commonly used myth that all British people carry an umbrella everywhere, so the constant rainfall doesn’t stop us going about our daily lives. All this is fine for us, albeit the umbrella reference really is a myth, however externally mounted electronic devices have no choice but to continue to function whatever the weather.

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Data, data, everywhere

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

In 2017 Economists wrote an article regarding the rise of the use of data for companies and how oil is no longer the most valued resource in the world. With the rapid rise of companies desperate to get hold of vast amounts of data to improve their algorithm or process, they were not wrong.

For engineer’s, data is increasingly in demand for use in future developments, process adjustments and maintenance. The ability to obtain this information and use the data is becoming a way to keep your business competitive but, most importantly, to stay ahead of the curve and ahead of your competitors.

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An Introduction to S-Parameters

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Written by Karl Fazakerley -Product Manager, Device Connections

Suppose you have an optical lens of some sort onto which you shine a light with a known photonic output. While most of the incident light passes through the lens, some fraction of the light is reflected and some is absorbed (the behaviour is also dependent on the wavelength of the incident light). You’d like to characterise that lens: Exactly how much light was reflected? How much passed through? What is it about the lens that prevented all of the light from passing through?

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There’s a new sheriff in town!

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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.

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Reduce your wiring effort with COMPLETE line System Cabling!

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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.

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Are you NFPA 79 ready?

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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.

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Phoenix Contact in the Rail industry

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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.

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Intelligent surge protection monitoring

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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.

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