Yearly Archives: 2019

Plastic VS Aluminium – Heavycon Edition

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Heavy-duty connectors are typically made of aluminium as it is supposed to be tough and durable. However, being an innovative company and discontented with the current industrial norm, Phoenix Contact had come up with HEAVYCON EVO in plastic.

The plastic used in HEAVYCON EVO housing is not just any normal plastic, it is made of polyamide, reinforced with glass.

So, how strong is strong? Several tests were done to the plastic HEAVYCON including basic IP and NEMA tests in accordance with DIN EN 60529, NEMA 250. This ensures that the contact inserts within the plastic housing are protected against the ingress of dust and heavy jet water. The other tests include:

Vibration test in accordance to IEC 60068-2-6

Harmonic, sinusoidal vibration is applied to HEAVYCON plastic housing to simulate rotating, pulsating or oscillating forces. HEAVYCON plastic housing fulfils these requirements, making it ideal for heavy machinery application.

Temperature shock test in accordance to IEC 60512-11-4

We simulate significant temperature changes by switching HEAVYCON plastic housing between 2 chambers of extreme temperatures within seconds. The result is affirmative – HEAVYCON plastic housing is suitable to be used in applications with ambient temperature between -40 to 125 degree Celsius.

IK shock test in accordance to IEC 62262

Shock is introduced by dropping a hammer of 1.7 kg mass from a height of 0.3m. HEAVYCON plastic housing is able to meet the mechanical requirements similar to the HEAVYCON aluminium housing.

Roll over test in accordance to DIN IEC 62196-1

This is a special test carried out on the plastic housing where a forklift truck weighing several tons rolls over it. HEAVYCON plastic housing is able to withstand high amounts of stress from heavy, moving loads without any adverse effects on its function. In fact, in Singapore, we proved it again by driving a car over the connector.

Dynamic load test

Besides the strength of the plastic housing, we have to ensure the latching mechanism is heavy-duty enough as well. In this test, we applied a force of 200N to the cable at an angle of 90 degree. This is to test the HEAVYCON EVO bayonet as well as the locking latch between the housing and panel mounting to make sure that they do not malfunction under extreme static load.

Through the tests we have done, we can conclude that plastic can be as strong as metal too, in this case aluminium. To find out more about the durability of our HEAVYCON EVO in plastic, please leave a comment below.

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Finepitch

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New robust full dimension Board-to-board connector

“Smart factory” describes a production environment whereby the equipment and machinery are able to improve processes through automation & self-optimization. It is a combination of efficient production, information, and network communication, with the potential for integration across the entire manufacturing supply chain. This demands making devices which are more reliable and flexible, yet they need to overcome high temperatures, electronic magnetic interference, and vibration, as well as be shielded from harsh environment conditions.

Electromechanical interfaces are the key to handle further miniaturization potential and making devices more reliable and flexible in industrial applications.

Phoenix Contact introduces a series of board-to-board connectors with 0.8mm and 1.27 mm pitch. It is ideally suited for multiple PCB inside of industrial devices such as controllers, power supplies, I/Os, HMIs and many more. It supports full dimension variants (vertical & horizontal connectivity), shielded and unshielded, for signal and data transmission. It also boasts the following features:

  • Reliable mechanical and electric connections thanks to the double-sided contact system
  • Flexible device design: various numbers of positions, designs, and stack heights with high wipe lengths
  • Shielded for very good electromagnetic compatibility

Main features

  • Pitch: 0.8 mm
  • Positions: 12, 20, 32, 52, 80
  • Stacking heights: 6-12 mm
  • Data rate: up to 16 Gbps
  • Optional shielded for EMC
  • Currents: up to 1.4 A

Main features

  • Pitch: 1.27 mm
  • Positions: 12,16, 20, 26, 32, 40, 50, 68, 80
  • Stacking heights: 8 to 13.8 mm
  • Currents: up to 1.4 A
  • Test voltages: up to 500 V AC

Funny Warnings

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JUST FOR LAUGHS

We might think that warning labels are rather mandatory, rather standard, rather rigid, so much so that there is nothing to talk about…

But hey, have you really noticed all the warning labels around, and some of the interesting ones that are hanging around?

#1 Do not put plastic bag over your head

It might sound absurd… But there are many incidents that happened due to these plastic bags!

 

#2 Do not squat on the toilet bowl, that’s incorrect!

Well…. Let’s all be considerate and do it the ‘correct’ way.

 

#3 Beginner Driver

This is to be very sure that all the drivers behind you are aware that you just started out.

Or… does it help you to drive horribly and overtake cars?!

 

#4 Don’t touch my car

Touching the car might cause death… so be careful and stay away!

 

#5 Maintaining eye contact for more than 2 seconds is disrespectful

I guess it is meant to prevent fights arousing from staring contests… But if I talk to you without looking at you… is it also disrespectful?

 

The similarity between all these funny labels that you have seen above is that they are very customizable. The wordings and pictures are non-standard, and in fact, creative to catch attention from people.

With that said, do you know that Phoenix Contact labels can be printed to be anything that you want? Phoenix Contact has software (Project Complete) that can be downloaded free, and within the program, you can design it to your own way, be it funny, unique or specific, it can all be customized to your needs.

We have our free software (Project Complete) that allows you to bring in pictures and type your own text. You can design your label any ways that you like!

Versatility for PCB in Standard Form Factors

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The ideal solution for embedded systems can be selected using universal housings from the UCS series. There are several things which need to be taken into consideration when selecting the universal housings, for example, the size of the PCB and how the PCB can be fixed into the enclosures as UCS series is characterized by a wide range of possible applications.

Things which can be offered:

UCS universal electronics housings have a modular configuration and enable easily adaptable solutions for almost all printed circuit boards in standard form factors. Hence, it is suitable for desktop, wall or DIN rail housings with a lateral length of 125 mm or 145 mm.

  • Material: Polycarbonate PC (UL V0)
  • Colors: Light gray (RAL 7035) or black (RAL 9005)
  • Depth: 47 mm and 67 mm
  • PCB Mounting: Fixed or flexible
  • Degree of Protection: IP40
  • Temperature Range: -40°C to +100°C

A custom interface is also one of the benefits which enable signals, data or power to turn into a single board computer and to a versatile electronics solution.

  • PCB terminal blocks and PCB connectors (wire-to-board)
  • PCB connectors (board-to-board)
  • M12 circular connectors
  • Data connectors for copper and fiber optics


Energy and Current Measurement with Phoenix Contact

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According to MarketsandMarkets Research, the global power monitoring market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.76% from 2017 to 2022 where it will reach a market size of USD4.57Bil by 2022. The high demand of power monitoring is due to increasing electricity prices, efficient utilization of power resources and maximizing reliability of power supply.

The power monitoring market is segmented into 3 main components, namely hardware, software and services. The hardware component is booming due to the increasing deployment of smart meters and its communication and measurement devices, especially in the manufacturing and process industry for delivering power supply and increasing the plant uptime.

Energy Meter

Phoenix Contact has embarked on the smart meter trend since 2011 and the market was continuously growing with double digit values. EMPro energy measuring devices detect and monitor the characteristic electrical data of the machines and systems. The EMPro is designed with the following advantages:

  1. Direct access to measured value on-site or via web server function
  2. Easy device configuration on-site or via Ethernet communication or via integrated web server on the PC
  3. Flexible network connection by using the communication module and available for further processing in the control centre
  4. The measuring device is expandable to include new functions in order to grow in line with customer future requirements

Energy flow monitoring and data logging

Network-capable EMPro can be used to monitor characteristic electrical data centrally and on site. The compact controller is able to gather all the energy characteristics of the process and logs these in the SQL database.

Power Meter

On top of energy meters, Phoenix Contact also launched power meters in 2018 for active power measurement with current transformer measurement and it is certified in accordance with the measuring instrument (MID) directive.

We are committed to be one of the trusted partners for power monitoring solutions, inclusive of software to capture and analyse power metrics. If you are interested to find out more about our solutions, please feel free to contact me via the form below!

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IO Link

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Have you ever encountered the following situations?

  • Machine stops suddenly due to contaminated sensor/actuator
  • Stopping the machine in order to change to another color detection (or other parameters) on the sensor
  • Stopping the machine when replacing a faulty sensor in order to set the parameter of the new sensor

What if you can…

  • Re-parameterize the sensor without shutting the machine down
  • Replace a new sensor with the previous parameters automatically downloaded without shutting the machine down

The above is made possible due to the IO Link technology. IO Link is a standardized IO-technology (based on IEC 61131-9) focusing the communication between field devices and sensors & actuators. This enables the exchange of both process data and service data between the connection and sensor/actuator. With the IO Link technology, devices can now identify and configure themselves automatically. This will enable an easy replacement of defective components and reduces downtime significantly.

An IO-Link system consists of the following basic components:

  • IO-Link master
  • IO-Link devices
  • Standard 3-wire sensor cable/actuator cable

Phoenix Contact offers a comprehensive IP20 and IP67 portfolio of IO-Link masters, IO-Link devices, cabling, and software.

If you need further consultation on your next IO-Link application, please do not hesitate to drop us a message.

10 Things You Need to Know about Fibre Optic LC Connectors

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Fibre optic cables carry information using light and it is only slightly thicker than human hair. It transmits data faster and further than a copper cable, but you probably already know this. Instead of going into details about fibre optic cables, we are going to show you 10 things you probably do not know about the fibre optic LC connector.

  1. LC stands for Lucent Connector, sometimes also known as “little connector”
  2. It is one of the smallest fibre optic connectors in the market. It is half the size of a Square Connector (SC) which is the most commonly used fibre optic connector in the market.
  1. Although both LC and SC are classified as push-pull connectors, LC uses latch locking while SC uses locking tabs.
  2. The introduction of LC wasn’t a bed of roses. Due to the high licensing fee, it was not well-received when it was first launched.

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  1. However, due to the factor of its small form, LC had slowly gained its popularity in applications that requires high density connections.
  2. LC is usually used in high density patch panel. High density patch panel provides the flexibility for future expansion.
  3. LC is the preferred connector for single mode fibre optic cables. Single mode is able to transmit a higher bandwidth over a longer distance. However, it’s more expensive as compared to multimode fibre optic cables.
  4. Phoenix Contact new modular patch panels enable users to connect up to 72 LC duplex connectors to optimise the use of space within control cabinets.
  5. Phoenix Contact compact splice box FDX 20 allows users to connect up to 12 LC duplex connectors. It is also one of the smallest splice boxes in the market.

  1. Besides LC connectors, Phoenix Contact offers a full array of fibre optic products and accessories including patch cords, reusable connectors and tools.

To know more about our range of fibre optic products, feel free to fill up the form below!

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Efficiency Housing

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Simple & affordable PCB enclosures

EH stands for “Efficiency Housing”. Designed to protect electronic parts in the environment of the application by means of a suitable “packaging”, the EH enables the fast and uncomplicated installation of the printed circuit board.

We offer several varied designs of the housing systems for cabinet-type enclosures, suitable for fast and cost-effective PCB mounting whereby the printed circuit board is accessible from the front of the control cabinet when installed in the housing.

Online configuration

With regards to the digital era, online configuration plays an important role. In just a few steps, you can customize the desired EH housing from the Phoenix Contact website. The online configurator offers a user-friendly configuration of all individual components with drag-and-drop functionality – also available on mobile devices with iOS and Android operating systems. The desired housing size and colour can be selected and the appropriate connection technology can be added.

After the desired family of housings is selected, the PCB connections that match the selected design are displayed. The individual components can then be exported as parts lists or transferred directly to the shopping cart and ordered. You are guided step by step through the configuration process. Your application is configured towards an optimal solution. Even the PCB can be configured, which is then provided as a 3D file layout for production.

Advantages:

  • Ideal solution at affordable price
  • Easy design-in, thanks to variable housing form factor
  • Efficient pricing through targeted material selection

Happy Chinese New Year 2019!

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Phoenix Contact would like to wish all of our customers and employees a blessed and prosperous 2019 Year of the Pig! We look forward to serving you in many more fruitful years to come!

Stripping Wires Fast and Easy

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Stripping cables is one of the processes in wire harnessing, besides cutting and crimping processes.

There are many ways to strip a cable, from using the conventional cutter to using the manual/automatic wire stripping.

There are some basic points we need to know in doing the stripping process.

  1. Cable size
  2. Stripping length

Choosing the correct tool and setting the correct stripping length will produce the perfect stripping result for crimping process.

Manual Stripping Tool

With manual stripping tool, there are some concerns such as fatigue, consistency of stripping length and time.

Automatic Stripping Tool

All the concerns with manual stripping tool can be solved with the Automatic Stripping Tool.

Phoenix Contact knows this and has developed automatic Stripping Tool called WF 1000.

With this automatic device, we can strip cables without any fatigue, get the precise length and it takes only 0.3s per process.

This machine will boost your productivity with high quality output.

Features:

  1. This compact stripping machine automatically insulates conductors with a cross section of 0.08 to 6 mm2.
  2. Multi-strand cables with a diameter of up to 6 mm are also stripped.
  3. Partial stripping is supported.
  4. Special insulations such as PTFE and silicone can be stripped, in addition to standard insulations
  5. The clamping force automatically adjusts itself to the required extraction force. This reduces/prevents pressure points on sensitive insulation.
  6. The stripping dimensions are set individually via rotary buttons. They are shown on the clear display.

You can check out the video of the WF 1000 below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULYuzC7lrAk

For any demo request or enquiry, feel free to contact me via the form below!

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