Category Archives: Industry Cabinet Connectivity

The Revolutionary Test Plug Redux – FAME , FAME 2 and now FAME 3!

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Phoenix Contact's FAME 3

It was 2 years ago when I have first blogged about our revolutionary panel testing system – FAME systems that helped many of our customers worldwide in simplifying their protection relay panel testing procedure and at the same time ensuring the safety of the person who is conducting the test.

Do check out my previous blog “FAME 2- Enter, Push, Twist and Remove”, I did explain why Phoenix Contact FAME system is such a revolutionary testing system.  If you are dealing issues with your protection relay testing or any needs of installing a panel testing component, make sure you stay with us in this blog as I will review some updates and features that might be beneficial  to you.  No worries if you have missed out the previous blog, you can still read it here. Continue reading

Living in a Singapore HDB flat

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As a Malaysian, I grew up living in landed property houses; we are lucky in the sense where we have more land area for the individual to enjoy. Why do we love landed property so much? Well, you can easily associate the lifestyle of living in landed properties with building your control panel with single of double deck terminal blocks. Let me show you why. Continue reading

Electric Power and Renewable Energy 2016 Myanmar

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Electric Power and Renewable Energy 2016 Myanmar

We will be participating at the 4th International Electric Power and Renewable Energy 2016 Myanmar Exhibition from the 13th – 15th of October at the Myanmar Event Park (MEP) in Yangon.

Come down and join us to find out more about what we can do for you in the area of Power generation and transmission and solar. We are located at G16, Singapore Pavilion.

Click here to register at the event’s website.

CLIPSAFE – Your one-stop junction box solution

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The “Blame Game”

Have you ever been bothered by such a situation?  Picture this, you have just completed your run on a beautiful day only to return home and realize that your feet are full of blisters. Should you put the blame on the shoe manufacture for using a material that is too tough, or would you blame the socks company for using a material that is too soft?

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Things can potentially get uglier when it comes to planning for or executing a project. Have you had the unfortunate experience of opening a ‘Brand X’ junction box, to find yourself having ‘Brand A’ terminal blocks and maybe some ‘Brand C’ cable glands or markings inside. If there is a fault, who you should go to?

You may potentially find yourself being trapped in the “Blame Game” if you are having two or more different suppliers involved.  And if you have ever been trapped in one, you will know that the chances of successfully finding a solution and getting out is very minuscule.

What if there was a supplier who could provide you with a one-stop shopping experience?

CLIPSAFE – Your one-stop junction box solution

Over the years, many of our customers have requested Phoenix Contact to provide one-stop services where they not only purchase standalone components but are able to purchase a solution. We realized it made perfect sense for us to develop a portfolio of “basket or box” which would allow us to further improve our customers’ buying experience. This was the genesis of our CLIPSAFE range of junction boxes.

CLIPSAFE family of boxes

CLIPSAFE Family

 

As we all know, a junction box is just like the body. A healthy body needs a healthy heart – the components to be installed in the junction boxes. With more than 92 years of component manufacturing experience, you are assured we have maintained, and improved, on the quality of our ‘hearts’ over the past 9 decades.

Phoenix Contact’s CLIPSAFE junction boxes offer you the flexibility in choosing various hassle-free solutions.

Ex and NEMA 4X junction boxes equipped according to customer specifications

You can obtain CLIPSAFE enclosures fully equipped with terminal blocks and cable glands on request. Terminal boxes are delivered with the corresponding equipment approval in accordance with ATEX and IECEx for use in potentially explosive areas.

Steel CLIPSAFE box

CLIPSAFE Hi-grade Steel

 

Ex control boxes according to customer specifications

Individual control boxes with electronic components are available on request. With detailed engineering and planning, we will be able to support you in any complicated field-bus or control boxes requirements.

CLIPSAFE Control Box - Steel

CLIPSAFE Control Box – Steel

Empty Enclosure Ex or NEMA 4X

Still unable to make up your mind as to which components need to be installed in your junction boxes? Fret not.

You can always maintain the flexibility to design and assemble your own components as required by selecting our CLIPSAFE empty boxes.

Choose the right junction box housing for your application; from Stainless Steel to GRP material. We have more than 140 Ex-approved and NEMA 4X versions. Custom dimensions and surface treatments for Stainless Steel are available on request. The delivery is carried out with the corresponding components’ approval in accordance with ATEX and IECEx.

CLIPSAFE Empty Box - Steel

CLIPSAFE Empty Box – Steel

Empty Ex or NEMA 4X enclosure machined to customer specifications

Simply means junction boxes with pre-treated holes and cut outs. We adapt the housing to your request to include threads, drilled holes and rectangular cutouts while taking into account Ex-standards in accordance with ATEX and IECEx. The delivery is carried out with the corresponding components’ approval.

Empty box with flange plates and cover

Empty box with flange plates and cover

With all four types of CLIPSAFE offers, Phoenix Contact believes we will be able to address your needs. Not to forget, a good solution always comes with good quality and design. Do check out our CLIPSAFE Quality and Introduction videos below!

Long Awaited BT Terminals!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Wait no further!

The long awaited Phoenix Contact BT terminal blocks are finally ready!

Allow me to present to you what we have to offer. Continue reading

Building installation with push-in three-level terminal blocks

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Thanks to the new PTI 4 three-level installation terminal blocks with push-in connection technology from Phoenix Contact, rigid conductors up to 6 mm² can be easily and directly wired without tools. The terminal blocks are specially tailored to the requirements of the electrical installation and the distributor construction, thanks to their compact design.

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The snap-in, no-screw disconnect slide with status indicator makes contacting the neutral busbar easy and safe. The function shaft on each level provides for easy potential distribution, thanks to the flexible jumper system. Each terminal point can be clearly marked and, in addition to the testing facility, has its own test connection in the function shaft.

Thanks to the insertion force, which has been reduced by 50 percent, it is possible to insert solid and stranded conductors with ferrules and cross sections from 0.5 to 6 mm² without tools. The built-in actuation lever allows fully insulated release with any tool. The orange-colored button indicates the actuating element. This prevents the terminal from being activated accidentally. Flexible conductors without ferrules can also be connected, from 0.2 mm by actuating the lever.

The push-in three-level terminal blocks share all the system characteristics with the CLIPLINE complete terminal block series and are therefore compatible with all installation terminal blocks from Phoenix Contact.

Modular marshalling patchboard concept with innovative color coding system

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The new push-in PTMC marshalling patchboards from Phoenix Contact achieve up to 20 percent higher packing density with marshalling wiring in process technology, thanks to the modular concept and the compact design.

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The individual marshalling patchboard elements snap into place easily and securely and can also be coded using eleven different colors. This ensures clearly arranged and fault-free wiring. The precise number of positions and the blocked form design, ideal for various applications, create a stable patchboard construction that is resistant to warping. The 2.3 mm test connections are easily accessible, next to the connection points, enabling convenient testing with standard testing accessories. The pre-assembled marshalling patchboards are available with four or six push-in connections per element in 32, 48 and 80-pos. designs. In terms of mounting type, there is a choice of direct, 19″ rack and DIN rail mounting.

The PTRV marshalling terminal system is the most compact on the market with a length of just 100 mm. It offers additions options for easy and clearly arranged marshalling wiring. Its key features include freely selectable colors, easily accessible test connections, and large-surface matrix marking.

The marshalling terminals and marshalling patchboards are designed for use in Ex i safety circuits up to 60 V and are available as blue versions.

The marshalling patchboards, which can be self-assembled, are configured and ordered with just a click of the mouse in the product area on the phoenixcontact.net/products website.

Flexible and safe wiring of measuring transducers

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Phoenix Contact has equipped the UT 6-T/SP test disconnect terminal blocks up to 6 mm² for deliberate switching operations with screwable longitudinal disconnection and short-circuit jumpering.

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Switching symbols on the terminal blocks also provide easy and secure operation support. The test disconnect terminal blocks feature up to six universal function shafts for potential distribution or test purposes, thereby enabling maximum functionality. The 2 to 16-pos. jumpers for free assembly make it possible to implement all the tasks of potential distribution within a very short time. The use of same-shape panel feed-through terminal blocks enables a setup suitable for the application in hand to be established.

Wiring efforts can be considerably reduced both in the pre-meter area and in switchgear, cable, machine and device protection, thanks to the wide range of functions and combination options within this terminal block family..

Stainless steel housing for the ex area

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The new Clipsafe stainless steel empty housing and terminal boxes from Phoenix Contact are suitable for use in extreme conditions. The 140 robust ATEX and IECEx-approved standard housings are available as door or cover versions in nine depths with sizes up to 1000 x 1000 x 300 mm and provide comprehensive protection for applications in industrial environments and in process technology.

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Designed with practicality in mind, the door stop can be changed to suit the specific installation situation. The same applies to the mounting bracket. The special door and cover seal ensures a secure seal, even after opening multiple times. At the same time, the seal support forms a drainage channel which reliably prevents the ingress of moisture and dirt. A door opening angle of 135° ensures comfortable work in case of service and maintenance. Flange plates are possible on four sides of the housing with patented seal protection and captive mounting screws.

The Clipsafe empty housing is completely equipped with terminal blocks and cable glands according to customer requirements and customized with threads, bore holes, and rectangular cut-outs.

Connect motors quickly and easily

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For easy motor connection, space-saving four-level terminal blocks are now available from Phoenix Contact with push-in connection technology for nominal cross sections up to 4 mm², 32A, and 600 V UL. Easy potential distribution via a function shaft on every level reduces wiring costs. A large-surface marking option clearly identifies every motor connection. Each terminal point can be marked and is equipped with an easily accessible test opening.

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Thanks to 50 percent less insertion force, it is possible to insert solid and stranded conductors with ferrules and cross sections from 0.25 to 6 mm² without tools. The built-in actuation lever allows fully insulated releasing with any tool. The orange-colored button indicates the actuating element and prevents the terminal from being activated accidentally. Connection of stranded conductors from 0.2 mm² without ferrules is possible.

The motor terminals were developed within the CLIPLINE complete terminal block range for use of cross-system accessories. In addition to the same bridge system, the entire accessory range for marking and testing is identical to the push-in, screw, spring-cage, and IDC fast connection technology.