Author Archives: Ho Chin Hui

About Ho Chin Hui

Chin Hui is responsible for Solutions Marketing in Phoenix Contact SEA. He also takes care of the Automation product range.

Tablet PCs for portable use, both indoors and outdoors

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Phoenix Contact has consistently developed the industrial tablet PCs for portable use. The new Industrial Tablet Computer (ITC) 8113 with improved processor performance and luminous Full HD display excels when used both indoors and outdoors.


Modern industrial networks increasingly require mobile workflows and remote-controlled processes. The configurable tablet PC not only has a corresponding design and comprehensive accessories, but it is also optimized for use in the service environment. Thanks to its reduced weight of just 1800 g, it is very easy to transport. The devices have IP54 protection, IP65 on the front, and are suitable for use indoors and outdoors.

A 10-finger multi-touch display and Windows 7 or 8 with the latest fourth generation Intel processor architecture ensure easy operation and high performance. For wireless connection to an existing network, wireless communication is possible via WLAN 802.11 a/g/n, Bluetooth 2.0 Class 1, and Class 2, and a UMTS/LTE data communication module is optionally available.

New box PCs for use directly on site

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The next generation of Valueline box PCs now offers an entirely new, robust design and new processors in various performance classes. Box PCs are a flexible solution for industrial computer use directly on site. To this end, they are built without a fan. All key components are equipped with maintenance-friendly access points.


The device can be extended by a PCI/PCIe slot. Data security is increased, thanks to two mass storage devices and RAID support. The processor can be selected to meet requirements: Intel Core i5-4300U, 4th generation (Haswell) or Intel Celeron N2930 or 3rd generation (Baytrail). The PC enables versatile networking, using the following interfaces: 4 x USB 2.0 or 2 x USB 2.0 and 2 x USB 3.0. Furthermore, the box PC supports multiple displays and large displays up to 4K. The device can be installed in a bookshelf or on a wall, according to requirements

OPC UA server for PC Worx-based controllers

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The PC Worx UA server from Phoenix Contact makes it possible to access all variables of PC Worx-programmable controllers via the standardized OPC UA (Unified Architecture) communications protocol.


The server is designed for high-volume processing: It can pass data from up to 200 controllers to a visualization or production control system. The mapping of variables takes place via the standardized PLCopen profile. Communication is performed using the binary protocol, which allows the OPC UA server to achieve high data transfer speeds. A certificate-based security concept protects against unauthorized access, manipulation, and operator errors. In addition to authentication of OPC UA clients using certificates, the server offers the optional ability to encrypt the data flow between client and server. Close attention was paid to detailed diagnostics. Using the supplied configurator, users can easily configure security settings and diagnose the current communication connections to the clients and controllers.

New software products for overall process automation

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Phoenix Contact is introducing the atvise scada, AIP, and Acron software solutions to add visualization, alarm management, and data archiving functions to its portfolio. With the integration of this software into its own product line, Phoenix Contact takes another step toward becoming a supplier of complete solutions for process automation, for example, in infrastructure applications such as the water and wastewater industry.


The atvise scada visualization software allows users to implement even complex control and monitoring tasks without being restricted to a fixed location or device. The visualization data can be accessed from any standard browser. An editor for web professionals offers further possibilities for direct JavaScript programming.

The AIP (alarm information portal) alarm management software is the perfect solution for location-independent process monitoring. The software can be linked via standard interfaces such as OPC (Open Process Control) to control and visualization systems and reliably keeps service staff updated through media such as e-mail or text messages.

The Acron Plant Chronicler logs all plant and operating data in redundant databases when required. Using the log function, meaningful and customizable charts and documents can be periodically generated. Acron conveniently integrates with visualization systems and controls via standardized interfaces such as OPC UA (Unified Architecture).

The New Generation of String Combiner Boxes

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The new generation of SCB Compact string combiner boxes with in-line fuses from Phoenix Contact is even smaller, more flexible, and more powerful.


Contrary to conventional solutions, string protection is achieved outside the control cabinet. This change reduces the thermal stress inside the connection box, since it allows the fuses mounted on the outside to release their waste heat into the environment. The in-line fuse and all other components in the string combiner box, such as the circuit breaker, surge protection, and monitoring system, are exposed to lower operating temperatures. Over the long term, this means better performance and longer service life for the entire system. It also allows operation at higher ambient temperatures.

Moving the fuses to the outside makes the design of the new connection boxes significantly smaller. The lower volume reduces transportation and storage costs. The string combiner box’s light weight means that a single person can install it.

Valueline Industrial PC – The Red Dot Design Award Winner 2015

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The next-generation Valueline Industrial PC from Phoenix Contact is a combination of functional design and high-performance technology. This impressed the Red Dot jury which awarded the Industrial PC (VL2) as the winner for the Red Dot Design Award 2015.

Industrial PCs with touch display, commonly known as Panel PCs, are increasingly becoming the main interface between humans and machines. This Human Machine Interface HMI) combines all the operating and monitoring requirements allowing the operator to effectively manage the production processes.

At the same time, a high-performance computer could be required for all the control, data storage and reporting tasks in the system. Thus, a combination of modern computer technology and user-friendly design is all the more important.

With its clean and sleek design, the IP65-compliant front with multi-touch capabilities acts as the interface for every system.

As a manufacturer of innovative automation technology, Phoenix Contact develops robust panel PCs tailored to the requirements of industrial production processes. Equipped with modern Intel® Core™ i processors, combined with flexible RAM and storage extension that can be adapted to the requirements; the latest generation of Valueline panel PCs is able to smoothly display ever complex system processes in detail.

The rear panel of the housing was optimized for quick maintenance access as shown below; allowing easy access to all essential components.


The spring loaded retractable latch shown below temporarily holds the IPC in place, allowing it to be easily installed by 1 person. This increases manpower efficiency as it is no longer required for 2 people to do the installation – one person to hold the IPC in place, while the other screws the mounting brackets.

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Compact and fanless quad-core box PC

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The new Basicline 2000 box PCs from Phoenix Contact is for harsh industrial environments. It offers powerful 3rd generation quad-core processors (Bay Trail) in fanless housing.

The devices can perform simple control and communication tasks and collect data in the areas of machine building and systems manufacturing, building automation, traffic technology, and energy data transmission. The box PCs are also designed for maintenance-free, continuous 24-hour operation, even where there are high temperature, vibration, shock, and EMC requirements. Continue reading

Revolutionizing the Field Industrial PC – The Designline IPC

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Whenever an industrial PC has to be installed in the field along a manufacturing line for operator interaction, it has to be panel mounted onto an enclosure for ingress protection against dust and/or water.

This is because the typical industrial PC is designed with IP65 only on the front face where the screen is and IP20 at the rear resulting in the need of an enclosure to protect the rear.

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