Author Archives: Rachel Boyd

Rachel Boyd

About Rachel Boyd

Digital Marketing Specialist

Electrifying our world

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

The year is 2050 and the Paris climate agreement of 2016 is a distant memory but the world has responded dramatically to the existential threat of climate change.

As I sit here writing this blog, the electricity charging the battery in my tablet is 100 percent green and coming from my solar tiled roof. The national grid still exists but is fed from thousands of micro grids dotted around the country and coastline. These micro grids are no longer powered by the dirty leftovers from the dinosaur era but by solar, wind and wave generated energy and backed up by utility scale battery farms.

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Running out of Space in your cabinet?

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Written by Scott Mulholland, Product Manager- Industrial Components

Empty cabinets look big don’t they? But start putting the equipment in and it’s surprising how fast that space fills up.

That’s why at, Phoenix Contact, we are constantly finding new ways to save you space in the cabinet. Our Clipline Complete range of push in terminals (PT), part of the Complete Line system, have many options that are specifically designed to save you space. And if you’re saving space, you may well be saving money.

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Turn your circuit breaker into an IoT enabled device

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There are number of trends in the world of automation, one of the more recent ones is the increasing use of circuit breakers designed specifically to protect DC lines. So called electronic device circuit breakers are fast replacing standard AC circuit breakers as the first choice.  Despite AC breakers being lower cost the technical advantages of DC electronic breakers to protect critical loads and the peace of mind that brings is driving a rapid growth in their usage.

One of our more popular products is the 4 channel CBMC electronic circuit breaker. Each channel can be individually set up to a maximum of 10A to protect the connected loads. In our Vlog we are featuring a version with an IO-link interface which now enables remote access to the device via platforms such as Proficloud.

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Saving valuable space on a PCB

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

PCB designers often complain about the lack of space when laying out a PCB. The overall dimension of the device has often been defined right at the outset and before the circuit design is complete. Therefore finding extra space on the PCB is a very welcome and valuable asset.

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Maximum power, maximum safety

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

For critical applications within the process industry (and increasingly from other sectors) it has long been common practice to use redundant power supply systems. Previously this has required 2 or more separate power supplies decoupled from each other using either diodes or for more sophisticated systems, redundancy modules.

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COMPLETE safe speed monitoring

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

The new PSR-MM30 Safe Speed monitoring relay from Phoenix Contact forms part of the COMPLETE LINE system that offers intuitive installation and operation.

The PSR-MM30 monitors motion with either encoder or proximity sensor and is fully configurable using PSRmotion software. The software is free to download via the Phoenix Contact website.

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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 engineers, 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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