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Rachel Boyd

About Rachel Boyd

Digital Marketing Specialist

2019 will be remembered as the year #TheTourUK was born

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Written by Tony Parrott, Business Development Manager- Machine Building

2019 is a new year and possibly one to present much uncertainty with an increased need to change and rely on good partners.

Phoenix Contact UK is very much a company of change over the 6 years I have worked here and 2019 is in no way an exception. We are continuing our main aim of setting our stall out to get close to our Machine Building customer base and help with the task of making them better at what they do. We all want more time, lower costs, new progressive technology and that edge over our rivals.

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Solutions for a Connected World

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

Our predictions for device connectivity trends in 2019

In the world of device connections 2018 was a very busy year and we expect 2019 to continue this trend. Here are our top predictions for 2019 and we invite you to watch this space for new and exciting product developments throughout the year.

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Farewell 2018!

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Written by Rachel Boyd- Digital Marketing Specialist

It’s hard to believe that yet another year has flown by- even more so for me, having been away on maternity leave until August! 2018 has been a fabulous year for Phoenix Contact and with the introduction of our fun and informative Vlogs, I hope that you have enjoyed the wide variety of posts through-out the year.

With the industry evolving in the fourth industrial revolution, it’s clear that the Internet of Things and “smart” products that ensure that critical connection to the internet are at the forefront of subjects that interest you. So grab yourself a coffee and mince pie and let’s take a look at the most popular blogs of 2018.

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Do you rely on traditional copper based connections?

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

The new industrial world demands faster data transmissions in real-time with high stability so do you rely on traditional copper based connections or are there better solutions?

We all know copper based data connectors like RJ45s as they are proven technology that have been in use for a substantial length of time. Of course this means we are also all aware of some of the limitations of these products i.e. the limited distances data can be transferred using cables and of course the negative influences of EMI and EMC interferences. The products can be shielded to help limit the impact of these interferences however they will never be completely free of them which can be troublesome in industrial applications.

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Automation made easy…?

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

Automation continues to develop at a very fast pace but the complexity can also increase and in turn the skills required to make it work. There is no sign this trend is slowing down but what we still see is the need for cost effective and easy to implement solutions that remove the need for software licences, complex programming and expensive hardware for smaller applications that still need to be automated.

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Decluttering our streets

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

Growing up in the 80s, our streets were a lot less cluttered than today. Bollards were made of concrete with the sole purpose of stopping traffic, street lights where just that, and remember telephone boxes? Back then sophisticated electronic devices were inside while the weather remained outside.

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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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