Yearly Archives: 2020

The Future of EV (Electric Vehicles) Implementation in Singapore

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Time of Green Vehicles

It is in interesting times we live in in this year, as COVID-19 safe distancing has changed the way we travel, be it by air or public transport.

The banning of international air travel has caused the skies to be clearer and cleaner, and the limiting of public travel in a lockdown situation has also improved the air quality of those countries experiencing lockdown significantly.

  • So we ask, what does this mean in terms of transportation?
  • What can we do to make this situation a game changer? To improve on our existing infrastructure to prepare for the changing trend towards a cleaner environment and reducing the total carbon footprint transportation?

The answer is Greener Vehicles!

Singapore’s market for Public Transportation

We already have a non-polluting, efficient MRT System in place.

But let’s see the current vehicles registration content in Singapore today

Figure 1: Motor Vehicle Population in Singapore

We have a total vehicle population of 945,487 vehicles as of Sep 2020.

Hybrid Vehicles (Petrol Electric/Diesel Electric) – 48,455 units (0.5% of total)

Fully Electric (Electric Vehicles including Buses) – 1,452 units (less than 0.1% total )

Singapore signed the Kyoto Protocol in 2006 and ratified in the 2016 Agreements to bring down Singapore’s greenhouse gas emission from 0.11% of global carbon emissions.

Our main Electricity supply is from Natural Gas, the cleanest form of Fossil fuel. We are also looking to revamp our dependency on this to move into solar and other forms of energy efficient solutions, such as reducing carbon emissions from power generation and working with private organizations and the community to use energy more efficiently.

The aim being to lower carbon emission levels by 36% from the levels in 2005  by 2030. What it means, is to make Singapore’s carbon emission level to be at 0.07% instead of 0.11% of total global carbon emissions.

The immediate way is to change our vehicle population presently to from fuel-based to clean-energy-based.

The magic number is 2% of the total car population from the present number, to be converted to full Electric Drive Vehicles.

This seems like a tall order when you consider that the current EV population in 2020 is now at o.1%, assuming that our vehicle population is maintained at present levels from now to 2030.

To get to that number, we will need a full EV Population of 19,000 units to 20,000 units by 2030.

What is the single most important factor in running an EV Car?

EV CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE REQUIREMENTS

The Singapore government needs to improve on the EV charging infrastructure if they are going to be able to support 19,000 to 20,000 full EV Cars by 2030.

There must be 1.5 EV charger per vehicle, or 1 full time charger where the owner has at home and 0.5 charger in the public charging infrastructures to be able to keep the vehicle running at all times within Singapore.

So the charging infrastructure needed will be around 28,500 EV chargers or 30,000 chargers or charging points in Singapore by 2030.

An EV car Average range is 200km on a full battery charge and most EV cars from the Sub compact (Hatch back) to saloon class have a battery of 25KW to 40KW power capacity.

To charge up this battery from 0% to 80% to sustain the usability of the battery as well as to sustain the battery life for around 6-7 years, it will take the following charging times if AC charging is required, based on the following table:

DC (Direct Current) high power charging may apply to bigger battery sizes of 50KW power and above.

But the problem with constant DC charging is that it shortens the battery life.

For example:  ZOE (Renault) Battery capacity is 22KW and distance on a full charge in single phase at 16 Amp 3-4Kw takes around 6-9 hours and 3 phase DC at 22kw takes 1 hour for 80% and 43Kw at 63 A DC is around 30 mins for 80%.

The way to go for EV Charging is by AC as that is slow charging, and will be less strenuous on the battery life.

If the EV car owner has a private car park where they have their own AC Chargers at home. And they travel a weekly distance of 200km then they will need to charge once a week (6-9 hours) or every alternate day for (1 hour to 1 hour 30 mins) on the same home charger.

Running Cost Comparison for fuel-driven car vs EV CAR (same Model type)

SOLUTIONS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE – AC CHARGING FROM PHOENIX CONTACT

So with DC charging being invariably higher in terms of cost of implementation and being less practical, what solutions do we have for AC Charging in the current existing market?

AC WALL BOXES SOLUTIONS
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AC TOWER CHARGERS SOLUTIONS

  Note: Green Boxes are where our charging solutions will be applied

Our AC Chargers can be implemented across the spectrum of the infrastructure market.

What are the main advantages of our solutions?

  • Cost of Maintenance is low as components are all easily replaceable.
  • AC Power charging may be slow but we make use of the existing power supplies from the infrastructures on the power grid.
  • Load limiting software available for preventing peak hour overloading of the power grid.
  • Easily upgradeable depending on the increase in the infrastructure set up, as all components are modular.
  • Education on the solutions, training on the serviceability is easily available as any contractor for power distribution cabinets with ITC Certification in Electrical Engineering will be able to manage these solutions.
  • Easily replicated and configured in various buildings and infrastructures.

We at Phoenix Contact SEA are ready to help provide these charging infrastructure solutions in support of the growing EV Market in Singapore.

What has 2020 Taught Us?

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Take a deep breath. We are now more than three quarters of the way through 2020 – Phew. For many of us, this has been an incredibly challenging, transformative, and life changing year. For better or worse, the last nine months have changed us. And now, looking back, we can see the lessons we’ve learned – about resilience, health, nature and financial planning.

Resilience

Phoenix Contact always empowers the work flexibility of employees, allowing them to perform their work in a way in which they can manage their own time. In South East Asia, not every company was practicing this flexi-work arrangement till this pandemic landed. Due to this Covid-19, we started to stagger working hours and even work from home (WFH). During your work at the office, you would not know what your parents or kids are doing at home. WFH gives us more time to accompany our family members. Hence on, it’ll enhance your relationship with your family.  Ideally, this is the best chance to understand more about your family members. However, WFH will also bring you a negative vibe. Imagine you and your spouse start working from home, your kids stop schooling and even your parents are staying with you. Everyone is living under the same roof; Your parents may need your concern, children may need your attention and your spouse needs your help to do daily chores. As a result, this may cause disturbances in your work and no personal space for your own privacy. Day by day, this may lead to you being unable to concentrate on your work and gradually cause family conflicts.

Other than this, the year of 2020 is not a good year for planned events. A lot of events must either be postponed or cancelled due to this unexpected situation. Holiday trips, vacation plans, or even marriage plans, must be altered. This bad occurrence has stopped us from moving forward and progressing with our life goals. Therefore 2020 has taught us to be more dynamic and flexible. Always come out with a plan B and prepare for plan C when plan A is not working out. We must learn how to accept the reality and try to adapt to this new normal, as being resilient is one of the cherished values we learn in 2020. Communication and tolerance are the values that make us resilient with the surrounding people we love.

Health

Humans tend to take things for granted until they have health issues. As we can see that this pandemic makes us more certain that being healthy is everyone’s priority. The concept of health to everyone is very subjective. For some people, health is merely a trivial thing, but for others, health is everything. Health is something that once lost, we will recover. However, even after recovery, it won’t be as great as it once was. It is easy for people to control their personal health if they are disciplined, but it requires a lot of individual effort to strengthen public health in the communities.

Public health services help detect health issues as early as possible and respond appropriately to avoid the development of diseases. In the early stage of the Covid-19 outbreak, it was rare to see people wearing masks in public as they did not have the knowledge of how to prevent the spread of Covid-19. As you can see, the society and government implemented mandatory wearing of masks for everyone. Promoting how to wear the mask properly, the standard procedures, safe entry and social distancing are just some of the measures taken to combat Covid-19. It won’t be possible to defeat every disease without societal cooperation and increasing the awareness of public health in the communities. Therefore, public health awareness plays a major role in the fight against Covid-19.

Majority of health issues come from unhealthy lifestyles. A healthy lifestyle can enhance our immune system to defuse the threats of virus and bacteria. We would not know when the sickness or virus will strike us, but a good immune system can prevent the virus from infecting our body. Exercise is one good way to build a strong body. We should exercise at least 5 days per week and in between 30 minutes to 60 minutes per day. You can personally join some indoor exercise programs such as Tabata, Yoga or home gym. Since most of us will likely WFH, some of us may find it difficult to separate between work matters and family members as these two unrelated matters are now occurring under the same roof. Many of us tend to forget about their work life balance when bringing work issues back home. These unhealthy habits will lead to mental stress and increase the rate of mental problems. It’s important to segregate your work duties and your family responsibilities to create a healthy lifestyle.

Nature

Nearly 3 billion animals were killed or displaced by Australia’s devastating wildfire; at least 31 people have been killed in earthquakes in Turkey, a locust swarm outbreak in East Africa and the thousands of victims caused by wildfire, hurricanes and tropical storms in the U.S. It’s heartbreaking that the natural disasters happen all around the world. However, a recent global pandemic named COVID 19 has infected and killed millions of human lives. This has warned us that doomsday will come soon if we are still ungrateful to Mother Nature.

Have you ever asked yourself what am I to Mother Earth, as a contributor or destroyer of nature?  Take a minute to think about this question and you will realize human beings and nature are always linked together. Do you bring your own tableware when you decide to take away your food? Will you ever throw the plastic bottle to the recycle bin after finishing your drink? A mere of these two actions will “green” our Mother Nature during your daily lunch. These are key decisions to prolong and sustain the age of earth and ensure the next generation of human beings can live in harmony with Mother Nature. “The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”
—John Paul II

Financial Planning

With fears of a harsh credit crisis and a major collapse in economic activity, the spreading of the pandemic crashed financial & economic markets all over the world. Countries imposed tight restrictions on movement to halt the spread of the virus affecting all industries, especially the tourism and hospitality sector. The retrenchment and unemployment rates have increased dramatically, leading to the economic recession. Those affected victims without proper financial savings will face difficulty to cope with their living expenses and monthly fixed commitments. Thus, proper financial planning is one of the preparations to face this economic crisis.

We should give our budget a makeover. Reevaluate your budget to find new ways to conserve cash. WFH helps us to save the money from transport and entertainment expenses, with the extra money creating a financial cushion. Besides that, always save extra for emergency funds. Saving three to six months’ worth of expenses for an emergency fund is strongly recommended. You may start it by trimming nonessential expenses and dedicating any extra money to an emergency fund. Another alternative for financial planning is investment. If possible, invest more. Many people have seen their portfolios decrease in value, and the stock market will likely continue to experience volatility. If you can afford to, consider contributing more to your retirement savings scheme and other investment accounts. Historically, we have seen that the stock market always rebounds eventually.

What’s your perspective on 2020? Many people have been struggling, saying that 2020 is the year of crisis. John F Kennedy was quoted as saying: “The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis’. One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger–but recognize the opportunity”. Opportunities are created only when we face danger. Therefore, I always believe that every crisis will eventually create new opportunities for us. I have learnt the lessons of year 2020 and am willing to make my change. Now it’s your turn.

The Future of Smart Buildings

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For many years, building management systems (BMS) have been installed to control and monitor a portion of the building services. These systems, which tend to be expensive, are mostly used in large buildings, especially in the commercial and industrial sectors.

While offering much functionality, they have limitations in their use such as:

  1. Complex installation and configuration processes
  2. Systems are often closed and with limited evolutivity (due to their complexity)
  3. Systems are designed for operators only and not originally designed to provide services to building occupants

Smart buildings offer diversities and allow us to foresee an ultra-connected future; the challenge is to allow integration and interaction with the latest proposed solutions, in order to jointly offer a new user experience.

Phoenix Contact’s answer to the digitalization of building technology

Our IoT-based framework enables the integration of standard communication paths as well as new IP-based protocols. Thanks to open interfaces, existing systems can simply be integrated in the building management system.

The depth of the data ensures that your building projects have an intelligent and needs-based structure that is easy to expand. This applies to heating/ventilation/air conditioning, room and media systems, as well as the security concepts.

Phoenix Contact offers a broad product portfolio, ranging from easy installation to intelligent building automation. From cabling through to surge protection and the intelligent use of data in the building management system, we have intelligent products and solutions for your multi-site premises.

Controller for building infrastructure

The IoT-based ILC 2050 BI controller enables easy connection to standard as well as IP-based field devices. The data points of the technical building equipment captured and standardized at field level are defined once, and are then available to the entire system.

EMpro energy measuring devices

Our range of products for energy and performance measurements can be used to convert, record, measure, and monitor the energy parameters of your technical building equipment. The recorded consumption values provide a basis to increase the energy efficiency of your building.

Measurement and control technology

Isolate, convert, and filter signals, and monitor and control processes in the building: our measurement and control technology components cover all the tasks required for interference-free signal transmission from sensor level to control level.

Industrial communication technology

Regardless of which medium is used for the communication or that needs to be installed, we offer you the relevant solution with copper, fibre optic and wireless products.

STEP POWER power supplies for installation distributors

Use our power supplies and UPS to guarantee the highest availability of your processes. STEP POWER power supplies have been specifically developed for the building automation. They fit into installation distributors as well as flat control panels, and offer maximum energy efficiency.

Surge protection

From the incoming supply to the end device, from the data cable to the photovoltaic system – protect your devices and installations with surge protection from Phoenix Contact.

Phoenix Contact – your partner for leading edge building technology.

Annunciator Relays – MR11 / MR21

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Annunciator relays are used to indicate dangerous states and operating states in control rooms, on control panels, and in mimic diagrams. The annunciator relays from Phoenix Contact feature a convenient display area and ensure reliable operation thanks to their robust construction. They are therefore also suitable for use under harsh ambient conditions.

Semi-automatic annunciator relay

The Mauell MR 11 annunciator relay is a semi-automatic relay. Apart from the coil excitation voltage, no other auxiliary voltage is required for the visual display. This is particularly important in voltage monitoring applications. The indicator flag area is black during normal operation. The white text field appears when the relay has been triggered. The contacts also switch to the operating position. The message is acknowledged by pressing the reset button on the device front. Once the message has been acknowledged, the text field remains visible, and an additional red-white hatched indicator flag is displayed. The contacts return to the normal position. Once the malfunction has been cleared, the indicator flag automatically returns to the normal operation position. In addition to the contact function described, additional contacts can be switched directly. These contacts operate independently of the acknowledgment function. The required switching action – normally open or normally closed – is set at the factory and can be changed later.

Fully automatic annunciator relay

The Mauell MR 21 annunciator relay is also used to indicate dangerous states and operating states. It is fully automatic and there is no manual reset function. Depending on the switching action, the relay switches to the triggered position when energized/de-energized. This switches the contacts and the indicator flag marking appears. Once the malfunction has been cleared, the indicator flag automatically disappears. The contacts also return to the normal position. The required switching action – normally open or normally closed – is set at the factory and cannot be changed later.

Designs

A general distinction is made between the three designs: surface-mounted, flush-mounted and combination:

Surface-mounted

The relay includes a DIN rail fastener (35 mm) with connector plate and clamp.

Flush-mounted

This design is for switch panel mounting with clamping frame. The contact protective cap conforms to BGV A3.

Combination-mount

This design is for annunciator relays to be accommodated in one combination housing.

Upgrade Your Machine With Zero Downtime

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Unexpected power interruptions not only cause your machine losses in productivity but may also cause unforeseen damages with serious consequences. Do not take any risks; we have the ‘smart’ solution safeguards your machine with zero downtime.

Typical problems in the power supply which cause unexpected interruptions:

  • A blackout is the total loss of power in an area that results from power stations tripping. It may last from hours to days depending on the nature of the problem.
  • A brown-out (or drop in voltage) may happen to an undersized electrical power system that struggles to cope with a rise in electricity demand or voltage drop due to the starting of heavy loads. In such a situation, it may last from seconds to minutes, just like the dimming experienced by lighting when the voltage sags.
  • A fault on a power line, e.g. short-circuit. Power is automatically restored once the fault is cleared. This interruption typically last from milliseconds to seconds.

In such situations, the machine can be protected with an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) solution which targets to ‘bridge the gap’ by providing sufficient backup power over time, to activate standby generators, or initiate protected system shutdown which ensures the machine protection with operational continuity and availability.

To achieve the highest machine availability, it is critical for the reliable UPS solution to build in with intelligent control and monitoring. For example, the battery management system ensures fast and safe battery charging, extended load management, and communicative at the system level with important diagnostic, preventive, and predictive information. E.g. state of charge (SOC), state of health (SOH) of battery, required charging time, and data logging.

For your machine with zero downtime, I would like to introduce our QUINT UPS with IQ technology. Intelligent UPS monitoring and control realized not only through warnings and alarm signalling but made possible through connectivity and communication with high-level controllers via industrial network interfaces.

QUINT UPS – Intelligent UPS with Industry 4.0 ready, make your machine reliable & smarter

IQ Technology for an intelligent UPS system & battery management system (BMS)

  • State of Health – reports on the remaining lifetime of the energy storage device, and warns of pending failures in good time
  • State of Charge – describe the current state of charge and the remaining energy storage life  
  • Safe & efficient charging – adapts the charging current and thereby ensures the fastest possible charging and maximises service lifetime for different battery technologies, e.g. AGM-VRLA, LiFePO4 etc.

Communicative interfaces (smart & connected device)

  • First intelligent QUINT UPS for integration into established industrial networks
    • Easy integration – Profinet, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, Modbus, USB  
    • Available in all four performance classes 5A, 10A, 20A and 40A
  • Intuitive configuration setup through UPS Config software
    • Simple monitoring & control with warnings & alarm signals setup
    • Extended load management
      • Energy monitoring
      • PC shutdown function
      • Cold-start function

QUINT CAP – Battery-less UPS solution, completely maintenance free

  • Long service life & maintenance free, thanks to double layer capacitor
  • Reliably bridge short interruptions lasting up to 30 seconds
  • Compact modular, easy retrofit & system upgrade
  • Intelligent technology for preventive monitoring
  • Wide operating temperature

Having an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) isn’t technically necessary to run your system, but by having one that can protect your application from damage will save you from heartbreak and avoidable expenses in the future. Contact us now for no obligations technical advice!

Differences between ESD and F&G Safety Relays

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There are 2 main applications of safety relays in the process industry. Phoenix Contact describes them as the Emergency Shutdown (ESD), and Fire & Gas (F&G) applications. Across the industry, there are many terms used to describe these 2 applications. In this article, we will have a look at the different terms and understand the uniqueness of each application.

Application AApplication B
Emergency Shutdown (ESD)Fire & Gas (F&G)
De-energized To Safe (DTS)Energized To Safe (ETS)
De-energize To Trip (DTT)Energize To Trip (ETT)
Normally Energized (NE)Normally De-energized (ND)
Terms to describe the 2 applications

Emergency Shutdown Application

Under normal operating conditions, a load like an electrical motor, must be continuously powered. The ESD safety relay which is used to power up a load must also be continuously powered and is described as Normally Energized (NE).

During a safety incident (e.g. the electrical motor is overheated), the load needs to be switched off to achieve a safe state. As the power status of the safety relay and load has a direct relationship, switching off (de-energizing) an ESD safety relay, will result in the load being switched off as well. Thus, the terms, De-energized To Safe (DTS) and De-energize To Trip (DTT) are used to describe this phenomenon.

Example of ESD relay application drawing

Fire & Gas Application

Under normal operating conditions, a load like a sounder and a beacon is not powered. The F&G safety relay is only required to be powered up during a safety incident and to allow the sounders and beacons to sound off the alarm and provide light signals. Under normal operating conditions, the F&G safety relay is Normally De-energized (ND).

During a safety incident (e.g. a gas leak or fire incident), the load needs to be switched on to achieve a safe state. As the power status of the safety relay and load has a direct relationship, switching on (Energizing) an F&G safety relay will result in the load being switched on as well. Thus, the terms, Energized To Safe (ETS) and Energize To Trip (ETT) are used to describe this phenomenon.

Some people might be confused by the term, Energize To Trip (ETT). This is because the word “Trip” is commonly used on circuit breakers, where “Trip” here refers to power down. However, the word “Trip” has a deeper meaning and can be used to describe the powering up and down of a load. A similar word for “Trip” is “Trigger”, and you can think of it as “Energize To Trigger”.

Example of F&G relay application drawing

Summary

The key differences between the ESD and F&G safety relays are the type of load they are connected to, the definition of a safe state and the energy state under normal operating conditions. For ESD, the loads are usually machines used in production; the definition of the safe state is to switch off the relay / load and is normally energized under normal operating conditions. For F&G, the load are usually sounders and beacons, the definition of the safe state is to switch on the relay / load and is normally de-energized under normal operating conditions.

In Phoenix Contact, we provide smart solutions for functional safety, from non-contact safety switches to complex controllers. Our applications range from machine building, the automotive industry, and the process industry. Our products are also SIL certified, which allows you to meet your project requirements easily.

Example of PxC Functional Safety Products

Embracing Technology Towards Smart Manufacturing

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is predicted to become the fourth-largest economy in the world by 2030, after the United States, China, and the European Union. The regional development is pushed by a growing educated and young workforce, coupled with a jump in manufacturing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) across ASEAN member countries.

Against the backdrop of this shift in production capacity to this region, governments in ASEAN are encouraging the adoption of 4th Industrial Revolution technologies (e.g. industrial robots, artificial intelligence, data analytics) through various initiatives to support producers of relevant technologies.

Our Machine Building Heritage

Since 1968, Phoenix Contact has been operating an in-house machine building department at Blomberg to maintain our independence from service providers. Today, this department of 260 employees provides support for all developmental and manufacturing business units worldwide. The service portfolio has started to shift from creating manually operated equipment to complex production systems. We are, therefore, very familiar with your daily challenges in this transformation process.

Robust solution to avoid costly downtimes

Tapping into the experience gained from the past decades, the following points have been identified when developing machines for our own production facilities:

Machine Safety – Safety technology is paramount in machine building. It prevents operating staff from being put at risk or damage being caused to the machine. Phoenix Contact’s comprehensive portfolio ranges from non-contact safety switches and safety relay modules to network-capable safety solutions. All our products are very easy to install and configure. This allows you to benefit from the fast and cost-effective implementation of safety-related applications.

System Reliability & Availability – There is nothing costlier than having a machine that is down. Downtimes ultimately lead to production losses and incur extremely high costs. This makes machine availability the top priority. Reliable components and high machine availability are crucial in preventing downtimes and production losses.

Ease of Installation & Servicing – Today’s machines must be able to quickly adapt to changes in the market. A modular machine concept guarantees maximum possible flexibility, while optimally coordinated product solutions are the key to keeping machine manufacturing costs as low as possible.

Utilising components with universal accessories allow a significant reduction of parts and lowering of storage costs. Such standardization simplifies start-up and maintenance for your installation engineers and service technicians.

Reliable Data Acquisition through Cloud

To maintain the competitive edge in the market, processes must be as efficient as possible and continuously improved. Decisions regarding the optimization of machines and production processes are made based on machine and system data.

The collection and evaluation of values such as flow rates, currents, or temperatures allows predictive maintenance to be carried out, thereby improving machine performance and reducing machine downtimes.

Your technology partner towards Smart Manufacturing

Making the Global Reach – Enhancing the value proposition further, the data collected can be pre‑evaluated using a PLCnext Control device and easily transferred to the Cloud. This means that you have an overview of your machine data anytime, anywhere, for optimum machine utilization and availability.

A Need for Robust RJ45 in Industrial Application

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It is hard not to notice RJ45 applications in the devices we use daily. It can be found in applications from consumer, automation, network areas & many more. It is one of the most common communication connectors that you can find today. In the industrial Ethernet, HMS commented a steady growth rate of 20% in 2019 which is 59% of the Industrial Network market.

Phoenix Contact provides the right device interface through robust data connectors for the industrial IP20 environment. With a new product range of RJ45 connectors, Phoenix Contact has developed a robust design for cable and device connectors tailored to these application areas. The Industrial series RJ45 design provides a higher level of reliability over previous standard interfaces. This is achievable thanks to the material selection, the closed design and the mechanically stable sleeve housing which goes far beyond the standard RJ45 systems when it comes to reliability, robustness and degree of protection.

Because device interfaces are often face challenges in terms of extreme temperature, vibration and noise. Phoenix Contact fitted the industrial-series jack with shielded contacts to protect the signal pins from electromagnetic influences, so as to ensure continuous data transmission. Along with improved electromechanical properties, the RJ45 Industrial series also offers increased temperature stability compared to standard RJ45 jack. The special fiberglass-reinforced high-temperature plastic is designed for an operating temperature ranging from -40°C to approximately 105°C.

Adding on the LED displays, it enables the users and maintenance personnel out in the field to easily check the status of the data transmission and, with it, the functionality of the device. The combination of two LED pairs, one yellow and one green, enables the flexible visualization of the electrical functions and the active data connection, depending on how the device has been programmed.

RJ45 Industrial

  • Data transmission in accordance with CAT6A make it ideal for demanding Ethernet applications.
  • Optimized performance for Industrial use due to a high degree of vibration resistance.
  • Straight and angled versions with optional housing shielding springs.
  • High resistance to ESD and EMC for reliable transmission
  • Tray packaging for processing in automated reflow processes.
  • Optional LEDs for optical status indication.

Interested to find out more? Leave us an email at marketing@phoenixcontact.com.sg!

Importance of Data Analytics in Management of Business

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In the recent years, with the introduction of Industry 4.0 standards or “4th Industrial Revolution”, corporations in the Manufacturing and Service Sectors are looking at more flexible and efficient ways of running their business. Through intensive studies, they have come to realize the need for a more accurate process to gather information on the way their businesses are run. This is paramount to increasing productivity and future planning for expansion of their businesses.

These are defined as:

  1. Proper management of resources and investment of Equipment & Manpower
  2. The dynamics of technological advances on the use in Internet with Software Applications and pervasive growth of IOT devices with System integration
  3. The way ‘Big Data’ is managed on VPN and Ethernet Servers
  4. Efficient management of their supply chain, support services to their clients and end markets
  5. Cost savings of such management practices to their overall business expenditures and resources

Here I would like to show some of the present growth areas in Data Analytic use in different business sectors

Case Study 1: Marketing and Promotion of new consumer products

In Japan, digital signage with Smart Facial Recognition is used for market surveys & promotion of new products.

A key advertising company engages with a Digital Signage company to place such display consoles at heavy traffic malls and major department stores. Consoles come with key facial recognition software applications.

At certain peak periods, the consoles will play certain advertisements and will record the number of people watching the advert with their age profile. They would also prompt certain promotion vouchers or discount coupons that can be downloaded via Bluetooth or QR Code to the audience for them to buy or try the products advertised.

The number of vouchers or QR code vouchers given out is paired with the facial recognition application to give a profile of the audience dynamics to the advertiser by the Digital Signage content provider. In the course of 3 months, they would be able to compile the success or failure of the promoted products and the popularity of the product to the type of audience that are interested in that product from the advertiser.

Case Study 2: Food and Catering Business

Kitchen Ordering Systems being linked to ERP for the management of the procurement of consumable foodstuff.

Every ordered dish items are tracked and the popular menu items or newly promoted menu items can be tracked to efficiently minimize unnecessary wastage of items that are not popular. Restaurants are increasingly running their businesses based on data provided by such systems to efficiently run their staffing requirements at certain time periods as well as managing their restaurants to be more profitable. Based on such data they can manage their supply chain better on the actual requirements of the foodstuffs and consumables.

Case Study 3: Energy Distribution

Use of smart meters in homes and manufacturing that come with communication modules using RF, Powerline communication modules, Bluetooth mesh networks for meter data.

Smart meters are growing in numbers and are increasingly being deployed. The consumers’ metering data are transmitted to backend Scada systems by Ethernet gateways for billing and compilation of the way energy is used in the power grid of that community or city.

The pervasive use of smart meters in upcoming markets in new economies like China and India is improving the efficiency of the Energy distribution market. These controls prevent pilferage and loss of revenue for the power grid utility companies. Data is also accumulated by utility companies so that the power grid supply can be better managed to meet the demand of the consumer market.

Submetering solutions are now used on automations and manufacturing in factories to better monitor the efficiency of their production equipment on a specific line.

These enhancements improve the servicing and maintenance cycle for efficient deployment of machinery during up and down demand cycles.

With most of their control systems contributing to the accumulation and transfer of these data, businesses have a clearer prediction on how, when and the why oftheir business trend patterns.

The prevalent use of Data Analytic systems are never full proof, as Data Security in the IIOT/M2M spatial arena is still being refined. Protection of such data from hacking and manipulation is still being studied by software companies.

With data constantly being sent back from such remote or open interface architecture which is easily accessible by the public, more robust and intelligent router switches with built in embedded firewalls will be in high demand by these systems integrators.

Phoenix Contacts currently has products with such features in the market, and more implementation of such security features and in its future route map. Contact us at marketing@phoenixcontact.com.sg to find out more!

EMpro – Making Energy Measurement Easy

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Data is extremely important in today’s world and the future.

All stakeholders and industries from machine builders, automotive industry, facility management, steel industry, industrial production, solar industry and datacentres etc. are collecting their energy data and analysing it. This enables them to make important business decisions that optimise their operations, increase productivity and reduce cost.  This should be able to be done locally and remotely.

Why measuring energy is so important?

“If you can’t measure it… you can’t manage it.”

Phoenix Contact’s innovative and coordinated portfolio of sensors and measuring technology can save you a great deal of effort when it comes to energy data acquisition.

Whether complex energy measurements or simple cost center billing: the broad range of multifunctional energy measuring devices and MID-certified energy meters ensures that there is a product for every application. Furthermore, there is a large selection of current transformers available, also for retrofitting.

The fastest way to measure energy

EMpro energy measuring devices acquire your energy data and communicate it to higher-level control and management systems. The user is able to configure and integrate the devices in just a few steps using the web-based, user-guided installation wizard. You can also benefit from the simple, direct connection of conventional Rogowski coils, and from the many practice-oriented web servers and device functions.

The integrated REST interface and direct connection to the cloud pave the way to the digital world in the Internet of Things (IoT). 24 V versions complete the portfolio.

Advantages of using EMpro measuring devices to manage your energy consumption

Set up communication interface, select grid type and configure measuring input: the EMpro energy measuring devices are configured and integrated into the network within minutes. Reduce your wiring and configuration effort, and benefit from smart web server functions.

Directly to the cloud with EMpro – without using a gateway

Access your measured data and component data anywhere in the world, without using an additional IoT gateway. You won’t need an IoT gateway to aggregate data, to convert between local network protocols and IoT protocols, or for encryption. The IoT-capable EMpro device is able to transfer its data directly and securely to the cloud using a router.

Energy data acquisition via Ethernet for Proficloud

Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) is an established protocol that is widely used in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT).

It is an open message protocol for machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, which enables the transmission of telemetry data between devices in the form of messages – despite long delays or limited networks.

Using Transport Layer Security (TLS), data can be encrypted and transmitted over the Internet or other networks. It is a hybrid encryption protocol (combination of asymmetrical and symmetrical encryption). It enables the secure authentication of communication devices, i.e., it checks the identity of the recipient or sender. In addition, through encryption the transmitted data is protected against unauthorized access by third parties and against tampering or falsification.

Access to data points via REST API in EMpro

Web services are playing a key role in the growth of companies in a digital world. That’s why we tirelessly research web technologies and incorporate well designed solutions into our industrial components.

One of these solutions now enables multifunctional energy measuring devices to communicate via the REST API (Representational State Transfer Application Programming Interface).

This interface allows you to easily integrate measured data and device data into your building management system without any existing knowledge of industrial network communication.

In local networks, the devices can be easily accessed via the integrated REST API. 

REST or “Representational State Transfer” is a widely used architecture in the field of IT, which is also gradually being adopted in industrial applications. The user-friendly interface architecture uses well-known Internet protocols. Using any browser, data can be retrieved with just a few commands via an HTTP GET request. You do not need long register tables or special knowledge of industrial communication protocols.

Energy data acquisition in an Ethernet network via Modbus/TCP or RESTful API

EMpro – your choice for making energy measurement easy.