Monthly Archives: February 2019

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.

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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!