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 engineer’s, 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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An Introduction to S-Parameters

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Written by Karl Fazakerley -Product Manager, Device Connections

Suppose you have an optical lens of some sort onto which you shine a light with a known photonic output. While most of the incident light passes through the lens, some fraction of the light is reflected and some is absorbed (the behaviour is also dependent on the wavelength of the incident light). You’d like to characterise that lens: Exactly how much light was reflected? How much passed through? What is it about the lens that prevented all of the light from passing through?

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There’s a new sheriff in town!

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Written by Andy Neat- Product Manager, Marking & Installation

I’ve put my selfie stick down from vlogging today and turned back to my keyboard for a change, after all, it has been nearly a year since my last blog so why not?!

Just like Game Of Thrones, all good things must come to an end…well I didn’t actually watch Game Of Thrones, but everyone told me it was good…apparently Jon Snow knows nothing??…anyway, like I was saying, all good things come to an end and is also the case for our long serving design software Clip Project.

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Reduce your wiring effort with COMPLETE line System Cabling!

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Written by Fraser Cowie- Product Marketing Manager, Interface

COMPLETE line – The comprehensive solution for the control cabinet

In today’s automated world our machines and systems are becoming more and more complex. As a result of this, the required wiring effort of individual components in these systems is comprehensive and expensive.

No engineer wants to have to wire multiple inputs and outputs on high density I/O cards. It is time consuming and the chances of making an error are high.

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Are you NFPA 79 ready?

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

Surge protection is now mandatory in accordance with NFPA 79 (2018 edition).
It should be obvious that Machine builders who export their products to North America are subject to the laws and regulations applicable there, and one of the most important technical standards relating to machines is the 2018 revision of the NFPA 79 standard.

What is NFPA 79?
The Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery (NFPA 79) is a safety standard developed and published by the US-American organization National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). It contains requirements concerning electrical safety of industrial machinery. Every industrial machine which is produced in or imported into the USA, has to fulfil the requirements of the NFPA 79. If not, it is not allowed to be connected to the power supply network.

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Phoenix Contact in the Rail industry

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Written by Nuno Vasco, Field Sales Engineer- Rail

I have been managing the Rail Industry for Phoenix Contact for over a year now and I can only look back and reflect on the challenges faced by myself.  Also how I have tackled these challenges and removed them from the equation.

In April last year I started investigating the signalling and infrastructure sectors of the rail industry here in the UK and after many discussions, events and networking evenings I have been put on the “right track”. Starting conversations with Network Rail and given guidance through many institutions of which I am a member of the Permanent Way Institution and the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers.

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Intelligent surge protection monitoring

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

What use is the best type of surge protection if you don‘t know how long it will remain active?

When I took on the role of the UK Product Management for Surge & Lightning Protection devices, I thought I had successfully avoided any complicated Industry 4.0 or Industrial Internet of Things involvement. I thought you couldn’t possibly be able to monitor surge currents and transient over-voltages in real time over a network. Boy, was I wrong.

This month we have unveiled ImpulseCheck which is the world’s first intelligent assistance system for surge protection in the field of mains protection.

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Design for manufacturing

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

When it comes to designing a new electronic device, the initial considerations are function and aesthetics to ensure the device meets the requirements of the environment it is designed to function in.

Way down the list of things to consider is the connector(s). And this can be something of an issue if the layout is already defined by the silicon and enclosure design. By definition, a connector is a component that interacts with other elements in the device or with the outside world. It connects things together, and for this reason the connector(s) is an integral part of the design.

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Why bother with derating curves?

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Written by Scott Mulholland- Product Manager, Industrial Components

When deadlines are approaching, and the pressure is ramping up, we can all be guilty of specifying components that we are pretty sure will be fit for the job at hand. If time is of the essence, and the clock is ticking, it can be all too easy to give the product’s technical data a cursory ‘glance over’ for fleeting confirmation of what we suspect the product’s performance characteristics are.

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Popular topics in smart networks

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Written by Gareth Chamberlain- Product Manager, Cyber Security & IT Automation

I have been surprised over the last few years on how a simple product whose technology has been around for the last 25+ years, can change an application and save so much time and cable costs.

Looking at the Smart Networks campaign we are running in the UK, I always thought that Cyber Security and Cloud based systems would be at the forefront of the demand, however, wireless technology is one of the most popular subjects I speak to customers about. There are so many different ways that wireless can be implemented that I am always amazed in what our customers can do with these products.

I would like to show you the top three wireless products and some of the ways they can be implemented.

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