Written by Gareth Chamberlain, Product Manager- Cyber Security & IT Automation
Me, being a cyber security aware sort of guy, the first thing you might say about my blog this time is: why on earth is Phoenix Contact still developing unmanaged switches?
The answer is there will always be a need for unmanaged switches. If you look to the IT sector, they are still using unmanaged switches to connect to the network- but it is all about how you use the switch.
Written by Mark Lloyd, Senior Product Manager- Power Supplies & Surge Protection
In the relatively short amount of time I have been involved with the “Dark Arts” that is surge protection, one of the main misconceptions is that a SPD is a kind of fuse that acts once and then needs to be replaced. This is not true. The SPD acts more like a valve that only conducts when a transient overvoltage rises to a certain level, at which point it conducts to earth and limits the voltage the load sees, therefore protecting it. So a SPD is good for multiple transient events- however, the semiconductor components within SPDs will eventually wear out and unless there are regular visual checks or there is feedback to the system in the form of a remote contact, then potentially the SPD will not be doing its job.
Written by Duncan Nicol, Sales & Marketing Manager- Device Connections
The energy market is changing rapidly as the cost of renewables and battery technology continues to fall. As a result it is becoming more cost effective to generate and store electricity locally to where the demand is.
Written by Nigel Dawbarn, Sales & Marketing Manager – Industry Management
I write this with the sun blasting in the window – it’s cold but sunny, the best of winter days. We have experienced increased activity in the solar market over the last few months and with our improved range of solutions available, the outlook is a sunny one!
Written by Karl Fazakerley, Product Manager- Device Connections
First and foremost I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and I hope it turns out to be a successful one for you all.
For this year we are focusing into the world of building automation, the big trends which we are beginning to see come in to play and of course where Phoenix Contact and our vast range of products and solutions sit in this arena.
Building automation has been around for some time but it is evolving rapidly. Communication between devices, communication between protocols, and communication between whole cities is here and moving fast. We are lucky that we now have the technologies to diminish many of the shortcomings we have had and make great leaps and bounds forward.
Cities are undergoing what could only describe as a wave of digital transformation. To understand the needs, we have to manage our ecosystems. It is estimated that by 2050, 66 percent of the global population will be located in cities, that is an additional 2.5 billion people to our current number. With rapid population growth and urbanisation transforming the way we get on with our day to day lives, we need to find methods of improving and maintaining our current quality of life by using our resources more efficiently.
Smart cities work by using IoT sensors, actuators, and different protocols to connect components across the city. With these devices, which monitor everything from the air to the street to the Underground, cloud based IoT applications receive, analyse and manage data in real-time to help businesses and the general public make better decisions that can, in turn, work towards making their (and our) lives that bit easier. Another huge benefit is that smart cities also benefit the environment. Pairing devices and data with a city’s physical infrastructure and services cuts costs and improves sustainability with both water and energy usage, which in turn reduces CO2 emissions.
A massive step forward will be the further deployment of 5G
technology. This will be a turning point
to propel smart city technology and development into the mainstream. 5G will allow larger amounts of data to be
communicated across networks much faster than we have been able to achieve so
watch that space.
Where do we fit in? At Phoenix Contact we have a vast range of products that are perfectly suited to manufacturer’s who specialise in this arena.
Everything from BMS control system solutions right down to the Printed Circuit Board, we have something that will help you with your design of a complete system down to the design of a device. For example, if you are looking into board to board connectivity for high pole counts, look no further than our robust Finepitch range of connectors with both shielded and unshielded options. It is the perfect solution to use when designing future proof devices suitable for use in building automation device applications.
I recently passed 16 years with Phoenix Contact and as you can imagine there have been a lot of changes within that time. The waistline has expanded, the hairline is fighting a losing battle, at least my football team continue to be frustratingly average!
However we are here to talk about the changes at Phoenix Contact, and specifically with our products. In this area there are always plenty of changes, something you would expect from a company that prides itself on innovations! An example being our Quint power supplies, where we are currently on our 4th generation- a PSU you can now program using NFC! In addition to technical innovations there are also many changes made to products to improve design, streamline manufacturing processes and the additions of approvals.
Written by Rachel Boyd, Digital Marketing Specialist
The first Monday of a new year isn’t usually everyone’s most favourite day of the year, so to ease you into the first full working week of 2020 take a look at what we have in store through-out the year.
Written by Gary Nelson, Senior Product Manager- Device Connections
When the weather is so challenging how do you ensure your outdoor electronic device remains protected?
It’s the most commonly discussed subject and the main ice breaker in conversations and yet it can cause significant issues when designing electronics based products to be used outdoors. If you are looking at protecting a printed circuit board (PCB) based electronic device, finding an enclosure to house your product can be even harder. The location and access to the unit needs to be taken into account for maintenance and you may need wall mounting fixing points or to be able to mount it on a pole.
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)
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.
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.