Category Archives: Marking and Installation

Three Good Reasons Why You Should TRADE IN Your Printer

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Phoenix Contact has a wide variety of printing systems, capable of meeting all sorts of marking requirements, ranging from terminal markings, wire & cable markings, equipment labels and plant markings!

Terminal Marking

Terminal Marking

Wire & Cable Markings

Wire & Cable Markings

Equipment Marking

Equipment Marking

Plant Marking

Plant Marking

Label On-the-go

 

Every label requirement you need for your panels, inventory, workshop or even wiring is possible with our variety of printers in place! Print at your own convenience and save the hassle of pre-ordering them. You can also customize our printers to cater to your own specific printing needs, avoiding wastage due to unused or wrong labels!

 

What’s more is that Phoenix Contact is having a TRADE IN scheme now!

Three Good Reasons Why You Should TRADE IN Your Printer:

  1. Get the most bang for your buckAll your marking needs for rolls and cards

Why not save your company some money if you can let go of your old printer, in exchange for a discount off the new one? The trade in scheme is meant to give customers more incentive to purchase a new printer from us! Speak to your local sales representative to get more information on how much discount you can get off your printer when you trade in yours now!

  1. Upgrade your current technology

High Volume Printing

Have you been using your printer for many years, unaware of how much technology has progressed? Printing speed has increased tremendously over the years, not to mention the quality of prints! So, if you are wondering if it is time to get a better printer for greater efficiency, it is still not too late! The trade in scheme is the perfect platform for you to enquire more about the technology that goes into Phoenix Contact printers.

  1. Save the environment

Instead of chucking your old printer in a corner, taking up space and collecting dust, we welcome all your used printers to Phoenix Contact, and you even get a discount when you purchase one from us!

If you still insist on disposing of your old printer, there are tons of toxins inside printers that hurt the environment! So, start thinking about our trade in scheme and do your part to save the earth!

Click here now if you are interested to get a trade in!

Product identification – Can you survive without any?

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The need for product identification is not new. Since the early days of civilization, due to a lack of technological advancements, products traded and sold were identified in different ways. Clay jars, crates and sacks were distinguished through the shape of the vessels or unique markings made on them for identification purposes.

Dating back to 6000 BC, barter trading was the main system for the exchange of goods and services; this was before the invention of money.

By F.S. Church, published in Harper’s Weekly, January 17, 1874, p. 61. [Public domain]

The Need for Product Identification

Over time, the situation then transitioned into exchanging money for goods. With the evolution of business into mass production, previous methods of identification were not sustainable as  products now needed to be identified through category, name and description.

Similar to the evolution of street names, housing numbers, or even zip/postal codes, the invention of such identification allowed people to easily identify where they were going. Consequently, with ever-increasing inventories of parts and products, manufacturers and stores required new control mechanisms to track their status. Product identification became important in business in terms of logistics and data analysis.

After knowing the brief history for production identifications, we have seen these requirements for marking and identification evolve tremendously and can be found in almost every aspect of our modern day life or business.

What is tagging and marking like these days?

Today, our tagging & marking typically need to serve 5 key purposes

  • Product Identity
    The most basic and important purpose of labels is that it has to convey information on its identity mainly for tracking and tracing purposes. This can be in the form of descriptions, revisions, serial numbers or lot numbers. Another key identification purpose, especially in the Food & Beverage Industry, is to state the Manufacturing Start/Expiry date. Some labels would also need to include specific types of information as required by government legislation.
  • Security Risks
    Labels play a crucial role to reduce security risks due to the proper identification written on it. When there is a need to prevent any unauthorized opening of the packaging, there can also be tamper resistance labels to avoid such happenings.Labels could also have authentication seals such as serial number, barcodes, RFID, to reduce the risk of forgery or tampering.
    Product Identification - Tamperproof EMLS Label
  • Marketing
    The use of labels can also be for persuasion to encourage potential buyers to purchase a product. This is usually done with the use of graphic designs, attractive words and titles to entice the buyers. Most commonly, designed to reflect the brand’s message and speciality.
    Product identification - Stainless Steel self-adhesive label
  • User-Convenience
    Labels can contain information that could help the user/buyer by conveying instructions on handling, usage, display or sale.
  • Quantity Information
    Quantity is another important piece of information that would typically be required on labels. It tells the buyer or user the number of item in a covered packaging without the need to open up the package.

An ideal label concept would allow a product to be able traceable from the hands of an end user all the way backwards through delivery, manufacturing, raw material processes and to the point where supplies of raw material are identified.

With these said, if you require such a labeling system, Phoenix Contact has the perfect solution to provide you such printing mechanics. Our range of printers can provide the optimal labels that you require. “Clip Project Marking”, our labeling software, allows you to create your own product identifications by adding letters, numbers, barcodes, symbols, logos and pictures!

From there, you can print with the range of printers and over 3000 different materials catered for different uses and surfaces! Leave us your contact details to learn more about Phoenix Contact Printing system.

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Phoenix Contact – Your Partner in Safety and Reliability for Railway Industry

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RailwayPhoenix Contact has been serving the railway industry for decades, especially for rolling stock and signalling. Safety and reliability has always been our number one concern when developing products for railway applications.

Safety on Board

The basic requirement for safety and reliability is standard compliance. Phoenix Contact has been certified by the International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) since April 2008 and this standard is based on the quality management standard DIN EN ISO 9001, which has been extended with international railway-specific requirements. The ongoing tests during the development and production cycle of the products are essential to guarantee the product quality.

On top of that, all rail-specific products from Phoenix Contact fulfill the standards of DIN EN 50155, an international standard covering rolling stock; DIN EN 50121 electromagnetic compatibility; and EN 45545, fire protection on rail vehicle. Besides, shock and vibration test, material test and other fire protection is also critical for the railway application.

Safety should not be limited to the big ticket items and should even be extended to the passive component level. For example, the cable markings like shrink sleeve should be halogen-free and fulfill DIN 5510-2 with an oxygen index of 34.9%. besides being halogen-free, the cable ducts should enable individual bars to be broken without using any tools or resulting in any burr through defined breaking points according to EN 45545-2 (R22/R23:HL3). Behaviour in fire is another key concern and the plastic used for Phoenix Contact’s terminal blocks is halogen-free polyamide PA 6.6; which meets the highest safety requirement of UL 94 V0.

Push-in Terminal Blocks and Marking

Push-in Terminal Blocks and Marking

Cable Management

Cable Management

Network on Board

Nowadays, commuters demand for “Internet on board” has made the information and infotainment systems essential in trains. The M12 network connectors with a mechanically robust design, in compliance with IEC 61076-2-101, together with high quality cables meeting the requirement of EN 45545-2 will ensure reliable communications. The heavy-duty connector, compliant with IEC 61373, with modular contact inserts form a flexible and safe transmission of signal and power circuit on rolling stock carriage connection and simultaneously ensures comprehensive protection in the event of electromagnetic interference fields.

Halogen-free Polyamide PA 6.6

Halogen-free Polyamide PA 6.6

M12 Network Connector

M12 Network Connector

Surge Protection

Surge voltages and lightning strikes are common issues in signalling, hence the surge protective device (SPD) become significantly important to maintain reliable signal transmission. Phoenix Contact’s SPD has been tested according to IEC 61643-21 and the plug can be disconnected for test and maintenance by using the portable test laboratory. According to IEC 62305-3, the SPD must be tested regularly and the test values should be documented and traceable. Additional features like multi-stage monitoring (green – operating, red – fail and yellow – reach performance limit) for predictive maintenance and remote signalling for early detection of overloaded SPD can help to further enhance reliability.

HEAVYCON HPR

HEAVYCON HPR

HEAVYCON Modular Inserts

HEAVYCON Modular Inserts

Signal SPD with multi-stage monitoring (PT-IQ)

Signal SPD with multi-stage monitoring (PT-IQ)

Signal SPD with remote signalling (TTC)

Signal SPD with remote signalling (TTC)

Power Supply

The power supply unit (PSU) is used to convert main AC to low-voltage regulated DC power and it should at least be compliant with EMC Directive 2014/30/EU, IEC 60950-1, DIN EN 61558-2-16 and UL 508. To ensure smooth operation and maximum uptime, the redundancy setup of the power supply cannot be overlooked.

A redundant system can made up of two power supplies and a diode or Phoenix Contact’s O-RING to prevent back flow of current. An ORING being a more advanced and modern redundancy module compared to the diode, comes with auto-current balancing (ACB) technology which ensures the power supplies work equally hard. This enables the power supplies to have a longer and more consistent lifespan.

The redundancy status as well as the status of the ORING can be monitored, whereas this cannot be done with a DIODE. The PSU becomes more reliable and dependable when it is capable of sending analogue signals to control system on measurement values such as real time current, voltage and power for early detection of operational fault as well as critical information to the user.

QUINT 4 Power Supply With Diode

QUINT 4 Power Supply With Diode

QUINT ORING with ACB

QUINT ORING with ACB

Transporting You into the Future

Phoenix Contact will continue to develop the products or solutions that suit railway application and safety and reliability will always be the top concern on top of ease of installation, operation and maintenance.

To find out more about the solutions that Phoenix Contact has for the railway industry, check out our website or leave me your contact and I will get in touch with you as soon as I can.

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QUINT4 Power SupplyQUINT ORINGQUINT DIODEPT-IQ SPDTTC SPDHEAVYCON HPRHEAVYCON Modular InsertsM12 Network ConnectorsPush-in Terminal Blocks and MarkingsCable Management ProductsIRSE ASPECT Conference 2017

Cut, Strip and Crimp – Tools to Ease Your Cabling Pains

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Today, we enjoy the fruit of technology as we turn on our television, air-conditioner, lights or our smart devices. Have we thought about what are the nitty-gritty details that have led to our enjoyment in this day and age?

What is common amongst all this technology is the need for electricity, and more importantly, what carries electricity around are wires.  Wires and cables are the root that carries electricity all round; it allows current to flow from one point to another. What is often missed out is the hard work spent by the electricians who, behind the scenes, manages this labyrinth of wires.

Messy cables

Photo by: Derek (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dcmorton/2446443103)

Cutting, Stripping and Crimping are steps that are very familiar to our electricians. However, they are not just merely steps; but in fact, they are techniques that we need to offer much respect to the electricians who handle them. Providing the right tools for the job makes it even more crucial to ensure they put their techniques into the right place.

Cutting, Stripping and Crimping of wires sound easy and effortless. However, using it on a daily basis requires the tool to be designed more than just a normal tool. Phoenix Contact takes ergonomics, usability into consideration and provides the optimal tools for its end users.

Tools to Cut, Strip & Crimp

Cut – CUTFOX 18

Phoenix Contact Tools - CUTFOX 18
  1. Safety Lock
    Safety is a true concern in a workplace, and every effort to keep the workplace safe is extremely important. Slip guards are attached in our cutter which keeps the blades closed.
  2. Less Fatigue
    Spring-loaded pliers opens up automatically, which means users spend lesser energy. With the pivot near the cutting edge, it provides optimum power transfer.
  3. Cutting Quality
    Cut your wires perfectly with the special curved metal giving your wires a nice and squeeze-free cut.
  4. Reliable Material
    The steel material of the cutter has gone through heat and surface treatment ensuring your tool to be long lasting and corrosion resistant.
  5. Comfort
    Consisting of both soft and hard parts, meant for the best comfort for any hands. The curved designed of the handles and the angled head for the ultimate ergonomics.

Strip – WIREFOX 10

Phoenix Contact Tools - WIREFOX 10
  1. Easy Adjustment
    Depth of the blades can be easily adjusted as required. Length of the stripped length can also be easily adjusted with the small measurement ruler and the stopper in place.
  2. Flexibility
    Interchangeable knife cassette gives you the option for all different wire sizes as required. One casing for all wire sizes!
  3. Stopper
    A wire stopper equipped in the knife cassette helps you to position your wire at the stripping length you need.
  4. Convenient Cutter
    Equipped with a cutter at the side, it gives you the convenience to cut your wires any time.
  5. Comfort
    Consisting of both soft and hard parts, meant for the best comfort for any hands. The curved designed of the handles and the angled head meant for the best stripping experience.

Crimp – CRIMPFOX CENTRUS 6S

Phoenix Contact Tools - CRIMPFOX CENTRUS 6S
  1. Multi Range Die
    Self-adjusting principals of the die covers a large cross section (0,14 – 6mm²), so you can use one tool for most of your needs.
  2. Good and Complete Crimp
    Built in ratchet mechanism is the key for a good crimp as it doesn’t allow the pliers to open until the process is complete. In this way, it ensures a proper and complete crimp.
  3. No need for recalibration
    Due to the special die closing process and its ball bearings, it reduces wearing out. Thus, eliminating the time and effort you need for re-calibration.
  4. Less effort
    Equipped with a rotating crimp mechanism, together with the tool size, ensures an optimum power transmission. In other words, you use less energy!
  5. Comfort
    Consisting of both soft and hard parts, meant for the best comfort for any hands. Its small size of 18cm tall, 6.5cm wide, and weighing at 380g serves as a compact and handy tool. The optimal positioning of the pivots gives the smallest opening handle angle in the market. Not forgetting the soft non-slip pressure pad supports your force transmission, so you can, for example, have it sit against a table surface!

After introducing the key features and ergonomically designs of our Phoenix Contact tools, would you like to experience it first hand on its comfort and ease of usage?

Cut, Strip & Crimp Toolkit Promotion

Get a “Cut, Strip & Crimp” Toolset kit today with our current promotion in Phoenix Contact!  For more information on the promotion, just leave us your contact and we will get back to you soon.

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Marking @ Phoenix Contact

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Phoenix Contact Printers

Some call it marking, others call it printing. At the end of the day, we require objects in our lives to be labelled, just like how every of us have a name or identification number. Before I joined Phoenix Contact 2 years ago, never did I know that Phoenix Contact offers such a wide range of marking possibilities!

At Phoenix Contact, we have 3 different technologies involved in our marking systems:

  • Thermal Transfer
  • LED-UV
  • Laser

Thermal Transfer Printers

Our range of Thermal Transfer printers include Thermomark Roll, Thermomark Card, Thermomark Prime, and Thermofox.

Thermal transfer

Phoenix Contact’s Thermomark Roll, Thermomark Card, Thermomark Prime, and Thermofox utilise thermal transfer technology

This printing technology allows affording cost of printing, but yet allows text, graphics, batch numbers, and bar codes to be printed. Being economical and flexible, our Thermal Transfer printers allow users to do either batch printings, as well as continuous printings without wastage of materials!

LED-UV Printers

BLUEMARK CLED UV Printer

BLUEMARK CLED UV Printer

LED-UV: A revolutionary technology which is used in our Bluemark CLED printers. Not only does this marking system prints on plastic, it prints to aluminium too! The UV light will cure the ink and bond it to the material to ensure high resistance levels in various environments. The current markers allow marking of conductors, cables, and systems, covering the entire field of device and system marking!

Laser Printers

TOPMARK Laser Printer

TOPMARK Laser Printer

Laser: Another groundbreaking marking system which uses a top class ytterbium fibre laser to mark on more than 400 different markers, ranging from stainless steel to aluminium to plastic. No ink or toner will be required due to the fact that the laser marks directly onto the marker material. Therefore, the resistance level of the markings are able to withstand the harshest environments and conditions, as long as the base material lasts!

CLIP PROJECT Software

CLIPPROECT Software

CLIPPROECT Software

Just a single, free, software is required to design and send print jobs to Phoenix Contact’s range of printers. CLIP PROJECT has more functions that you can imagine, it even allows data to be automatically imported from Databases straight to prints. CLIP PROJECT and Eplan have been partners for quite some time, and this means that users can seamlessly allow direct printing in CLIP PROJECT straight from Eplan schematic. The CLIP PROJECT planning and marking software is all you need, and you may find more information of this software here.

Yes, it is free to download and free to use: No need to worry about having dongles for every computer, or annually paid subscriptions!

Marking Wherever You Want!

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THERMOFOX handheld printer

Mobile handheld printer

The handy THERMOFOX thermal transfer printer marks labels, signs, and shrink sleeves supplied in rolls directly on-site, and can be used in all areas of industrial marking.
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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.

Mobile Printing

Mobile Printing At Its Prime

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Mobile Printing – Direct and flexible printing at the location of use!

The new mobile printing system from Phoenix Contact has now made this possible. The THERMOMARK PRIME is optimally suited for mobile printing with its integrated marking software, independent energy supply and a user interface with intuitive operation. Its compact size and practical accessories make the THERMOMARK PRIME the ideal companion for any task – whether in stationary use or on the go while in the field. Continue reading

App for finding the right marking solution

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The Marking system app from Phoenix Contact provides a mobile and structured search assistant for finding the right marking material for the relevant application.

Even customers who are unfamiliar with the marking range can therefore find suitable marking solutions for their application.

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