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Rachel Boyd

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Heavy Duty Connector Configurator

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Written by Scott Mulholland, Product Manager- Industrial Components

Good morning everyone. If you’re reading this, you survived the weekend. Perhaps like me, you watched incredulously as your neighbour excitedly covered the whole frontage of their house in Christmas paraphernalia in the first half of November. Be vigilant, these people walk among us.

Anyway, back to reality.

A significant amount of effort goes into maintaining and developing our website to help you find the right products for your applications. It’s one of our best kept secrets that we have a suite of product configurators that all reside in the same place on our website.

If you go to the Phoenix Contact UK homepage and select the ‘Products’ drop down button, you will be presented with the image below. On the right of the screen you will also see ‘ADDITIONAL RESOURCES’ and below that ‘Configurators’. This is where they all live.

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Differentiate your solution offer for building and industrial applications

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Written by Nigel Dawbarn, Sales & Marketing Manager- Industry Management

ILC 2050 BIConsider the possibilities of having all the functionality of a building controller but with up to 63 I/O terminals directly connected to the controller, an integrated 4 port Ethernet switch, M-Bus and DALI modules, again directly connected to the controller, multi-protocol support and all running on the Niagara 4 framework and it’s available in an industrial platform…what more could you want?

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Why go wireless?

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Written by Andy Maskell, Product Manager- Saftey, I/O & Networks.

WirelessWireless technology has moved on in recent years to the point where there are few applications where it cannot be used. The obvious requirement for wireless technology is where it is too costly (cable and copper costs) or where it is  impossible to run cables.

Examples are:

  • Between buildings
  • Across roadways
  • Airport runways
  • Across water
  • Across third party property
  • Escalators/Lifts
  • Cranes
  • Long distance cable runs (Ethernet 100 metres limitation)

The list goes on and on.

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Space and time saving products for the food and beverage industry

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Fraser Cowie, Product Manager- Interface

Mini analogue Pro

First came the mini analogue pro signal conditioner, which revolutionised the market and set the new standard in space and time saving for end customers.

Mini Analogue Pro communication gateways

Customers today have several problems when they need to connect a variety of signals from the field – these signals may be analogue, digital, temperature, frequency, potentiometer or limit values. To connect the signals they will need several different signal specific cards, which take up space, take time to be wired and can mean high costs per channel if every input is not utilised.

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Device connectivity has never been so important

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

We are in the midst of a third industrial revolution where communication, energy and transport are all evolving and converging.

Device Connection

During the first industrial revolution in the nineteenth century news reached the masses thanks to the invention of the steam powered rotary printing press. Coal became the new cheap energy source which went on to power the railways connecting town, cities and, critically, people. In the second industrial revolution during the twentieth century new forms of communication were introduced with the telephone, radio and television. Cheap oil was discovered which went on to power a transport revolution and the rise of the automobile.

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Combined power supply and UPS – just add battery…

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

For nearly 10 years, the TRIO combined power supply/UPS has been on the market and has become one of our most popular UPS. This year, it has been given a makeover with the release of the 2nd generation TRIO DC UPS.

Trio UPS

Paraphrasing something I have heard on numerous occasions from customers: “We really like the concept of a combined mains input power supply and 24DC output UPS, but at only 5A we really could do with more power”.

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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.

Mini analogue pro

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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Inline Eco-simplicity with safety

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Written by Andy Maskell, Product Manager- I/O, Safety & Networks.

Inline EcoThe great thing about a competitive market place is the innovation it brings with it. Manufacturers are always developing new ideas and making them a reality. Of course these new ideas need to have something unique, they need to solve a problem, save time, money or both.

INLINE ECO is a range of I/O  that requires no configuration but covers all of the common functions required in machines and systems today. The simplicity reduces costs but also makes it quick and easy to use whilst also solving some common problems.

Using the principle of “One terminal, one function” no software or settings are required throughout the ECO range. All options are fully backward compatible with the Phoenix Contact Inline I/O system making this extremely flexible for new machines or retrofitting.

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