The Axioline P Process I/O Platform

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Written by Tony Deane, Technical Manager

“One small step for Phoenix Contact. One giant leap for the Process Automation industry”

In today’s current climate of digitalisation and IIoT, there is a major trend going on across all industries. Namely users are demanding more information from their plant with the goal of optimising assets to improve operating performance.

The increased demand is pushing Ethernet to move further out into the plant, closer to field devices. However, in terms of integrating Ethernet into process instrumentation at the device level, we are some way from that point.

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How safe do you need to be?

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Written by Andy Maskell, Product Manager- Safety & Networks

Earlier this year the new PSRmodular safety system was launched. Since then the benefits of this new platform have been realised and implemented into a wide range of applications. Every time I get involved with a new application I learn more about how flexible this system can be and how important it has been to simplify making machines safe.

You can choose from two expandable controllers depending on the complexity of your application. Then, if required, you can decide on the expansion modules you need. There are plenty of I/O expansion modules to choose from in various sizes to suit your application, so you only order what you need.

All common input types are catered for :

  • Emergency stop
  • Two handed control
  • Safety light curtains (AOPD)
  • OSSD (Output Signal Switching Device)
  • Safety Mats
  • Zero speed monitoring
  • Over/Under speed
  • Safe analogue monitoring

The new PSRmodular software is intuitive and easy to use with pre-configured function blocks and built in monitoring for all of your safety tasks.

Current approvals:

  • Up to PLe/SILCL 3 (IEC 62061)
  • Lift application (EN81-20/EN81-50)
  • UL 508
  • Atex zone 2, CL1 Zone 2, IEC EX
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One of the many special features of PSRmodular is the Line E-stop function. This feature allows the user to link multiple safety controllers together and create a global emergency stop system whilst allowing local safety functions to operate independently. If an emergency stop device is operated then all controllers will detect this and react accordingly.

If you could benefit from some remote safe I/O then we have the TBUS extension modules. The TBUS module allows the din rail mount communication connectors to be extended by cabling. Just four cores are required to do this and up to six extensions can be used per controller.

And when comes to integrating the PSRmodular system into the rest of the machine we have that covered to with the optional communication gateway options. All popular communication protocols are catered for with non-safe bidirectional communication possible for all types.

The PSRmodular Software is “FREE” and can be downloaded from our website now.

We also have various support tools to get you started on your safety journey, quick start videos, product overviews and data sheets.

If you would like further information please feel free to contact Andy on amaskell@phoenixcontact.com or tel 07584 235440

Single Pair Ethernet- and why it will transform the industrial data landscape

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

What is Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) and why is it so important for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)?

SPE is the new secure Ethernet protocol using just two wire cabling and is set to become the new standard for the IIoTs. Ethernet has been the leading communications protocol in LAN applications since the 1980s. The applications have been far reaching and critical to the rise in communication networks the world over.

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It’s GO time!

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Written by Andy Neat, Product Manager- Marking & Identification and Industrial Cabinet Solutions

Just like buses, it’s me again! Two blogs in three weeks. I hope you’re all well and healthy still and slowly getting back to normal life.

I’ve got a new marking system to tell you about, yes, another one! We (as Product Mangers) were shown these new products in the early part of this year with a vision to launch at the famous Hannover Messe 2020…but of course that was all not to be.

At the start of UK lockdown we were told there would be a delay in the launch of the new marking system BUT I politely asked if German HQ could send one of the new systems to my house so I could unbox it and show it to you all! Which they did, and I did! In fact I published the video online in April as a teaser so you may have seen it already. The good news is the printer is now ready for launch this month!

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Looking for system design solutions for Building Automation projects?

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Written by Deepan Patel, Industry Manager- Infrastructure

Look no further!

Project + is Phoenix Contact’s solution to providing the marketplace with a very easy and intuitive way to configure your PLC solutions. This extends also to our Building Technology solutions. In my previous posts I talk about ILC 2050 Building Intelligent controller. This is based on Tridium’s Niagara platform. You can see my previous blog.

Configuring your solution

Phoenix Contact designed Project+ to overcome challenges when it comes to designing which parts are needed for the project. Nowadays we retain so much information, but it is common to forget things, so we create solutions to help us. Say you had a part number missed or incorrectly entered, how about knowing what power supply to use? What about what size of the panel you need or when you need an extra power module to support the IO modules. What about pricing? These are the many challenges Design/Electrical engineers face in today’s world. Project+ addresses all of these!                 

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Let’s talk the torque!

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Written by Andy Neat, Product Manager- Marking & Identification and Industrial Cabinet Solutions

Good morning everyone! First and foremost, I hope you’re well and that your family and loved ones are too.

The last time I wrote a blog I could pop to Sainsbury’s without a queue or face mask among many other normal realities, such is the world we live in now.  Staggering how fast the world has changed…

The UK seems to be easing its way back to normal now with shops, bars & restaurants reopening their doors and with that a very healthy discount is being offered to those that do choose to venture out. Perhaps you’re slowly getting back to semi-normality by going back to work yourself and if you are (or even if you’re not) then we also have offers to help you out in the pocket if you wish to upgrade your toolbox!

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Can you “see” what is going on?

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Written by Andy Maskell, Product Manager- Safety & Networks

In just about every area of industry we see the need for lighting in one form or another. Whether its on machines to provide a clear status or warning, to view production through protective doors and barriers or inside a control cabinet so you can safely carry out maintenance or servicing work.

Lighting has become an essential requirement in all of these areas.

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Finally, you can buy yourself some time!

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Written by Tony Parrot, Business Development Manager- Machine Building

A new concept from Phoenix Contact is now the backbone of our customer offer. Simple in conception, but very far reaching in its consequences.  Complete Line is here to stay and is the comprehensive solution for your control cabinet.

As a manufacturer Phoenix Contact are taking component supply to another level with the focus being the current trends of efficiency and cost saving. COMPLETE line is a system comprising of technologically leading and coordinated hardware and software products, consulting services, and system solutions that help you optimise your processes within control cabinet manufacturing. Engineering, purchasing, installation, and operation become significantly easier for you. The core of this approach is:

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Good things come in small packages

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Written by Tony Deane, Technical Manager

This has never been more apt than when it comes to our new I/O system Smart Elements.

Today, more and more within the machine building industry, the push for system enclosure sizes to be kept to a minimum demands a compact footprint within the control cabinet. There is also the ever present drive to save time and money on builds. Axioline Smart Elementsrises to these challenges and delivers spectacularly!

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Configure your product online

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Written by Gary Nelson, Senior Product Manager- Device Connections

When you’re looking for a cable assembly to be a specific length, a printed circuit terminal block to be marked or you want to create an electronics enclosure solution where do you start?

As a design engineer looking for interconnect and enclosure products you sometimes need something a bit different to suit your project. It may be a case of simply changing the colour of a printed circuit board (PCB) terminal block to help differentiate it from others or possibly having numbers or letters marked on the surface to help clearly show wiring positions. With electronics enclosures you may be looking to have holes milled to accommodate data ports or LEDs and you could be looking for printing perhaps with a company logo.

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