A reliable, intelligent and powerful “heart”
In the course of my work, I deal with Power Supply which is the heart of the whole electrical operation. While not all operations are the same, they cannot function without electricity, which is what makes Power Supply units indispensable.
The new Phoenix Contact’s Quint 4th Generation Power Supplies feature an integrated NFC interface for parameterization via mobile devices or PCs. This allows the commissioning engineer to closely match signaling thresholds and characteristic curves to the plant’s requirements. More than 40 parameters can be configured on an individual basis. Once the power supply has been parameterized, it is a simple task to transfer the settings to other devices via the app or other software, which will save effort and time for the user. Moreover, the front-panel buttons for adjusting the output voltage, as well as all other configured parameters, can be protected with a password to prevent unauthorized access and tampering.
The power supply offers preventive function monitoring to allow the plant operator to run remote diagnostics on the unit to optimize plant availability. The power supply permanently monitors the output voltage and current. Critical situations are visualized using front-panel LEDs, floating relay contacts, and active signal outputs; the monitoring data is signaled to the control system before a fault actually occurs.
When the power supply unit is supplying more than the specified rated current, it is operating in boost mode. The power supply and the connected loads continue to operate normally, and the output voltage remains at 24 V DC. Preventive signaling allows early detection before a fault like this actually occurs. For instance, once a motor with a mechanical problem has been identified, it can be repaired before other loads are subjected to voltage dips.
Such preventive capabilities of our power supply units work just like how we manage our heart health to ensure we can function smoothly in our everyday operations. It is thus pivotal to ensure that we have a reliable and intelligent “heart” in the form of our trusted power supply units for our businesses.
Compact UPS with integrated power storage
In keeping with the Uno Power power supply range, the UnoUPS uninterruptible power supply is now available with a 60 W output power and integrated power storage in a compact housing.
The UPS operates flexibly at input voltages of 23 to 30 V DC. The integrated lead AGM power storage ensures long buffer times of 45 minutes at 0.5 A, for example. When combined with a Uno Power power supply from the 100 W performance class, the overall dimensions are just 160 x 90 x 90 mm. This means that this space-saving APS is also suitable for small control and distributor boxes.
The high MTBF (mean time between failure) value of over 1.9 million hours and the large temperature range of -15 to +50°C are superb features for a device of this performance class. The device also has LED status indicators for signaling and function monitoring, as well as active 24 V DC switch outputs for forwarding to a higher-level control system.
The Quint Power product range from Phoenix Contact has been extended to include six new DC/DC converters, which cover additional voltage levels with increased functionality.
In addition to the new devices for voltage levels 12 and 48 V DC, there are now two more devices on offer with wide range input. These convert input voltages in the range between 42 to 96 V DC and 67 to 154 V DC into an electrically isolated, adjustable 24 V DC output voltage. This means that the nominal voltage levels 60 and 110 V DC, such as those that arise in the energy sector, can be covered. Thanks to the electrical isolation between the input and output voltage, independent supply systems can be established, and monitored in a preventative manner. Two additional devices which are specially designed for the input voltage range for railway applications complete the product range. They satisfy railway standard EN 50155 with their protective coating. They can also be used in other demanding environments.
All DC/DC converters support Power Boost, which permanently supplies 1.25 times the nominal current. What’s more, the devices feature Selective Fuse Breaking Technology (SFB), which supplies six times the nominal current for 12 ms, thereby reliably tripping standard circuit breakers. Comprehensive diagnostics are provided through constant monitoring of the input and output voltage and output current. Preventive function monitoring visualizes critical operating states and reports them to the controller before errors can occur.
Today, I visited a Maintenance Engineer from one of the plant in Jurong Island and by chance he asked me if I have any active power supply redundancy modules that have diagnosis feature to monitor the availability of the internal redundancy.
I was very happy to hear this question and told him that the answer is YES! Phoenix Contact has the QUINT Oring module for you!
Push-In Technology was developed by Phoenix Contact in 1978. The very first modular terminal block, the FK 1,5 with a direct plug-in spring connection, designed to offer installation engineers an easy and safe conductor connection method used this technology.
Due to its handling and compact design, the FK 1,5 is still found in elevator engineering, machine and system construction even today! Just like the FK 1,5, the concept of Push in Technology still exists and is going strong today – because it improves the way we do things…. even in our daily lives!
Read on to find out how.
Uno Power power supply units, now available in 15 different modules, offer output voltages from 5 to 48 V DC. Their high power density and compact control cabinets speak for themselves, and they can reliably handle loads of up to 100 W.
Uno Power has also significantly reduced energy consumption as compared to other commercial products, with low no-load losses of under 0.3 Watts and a degree of efficiency optimized at over 90%. Continue reading
In the Oil and Gas, Marine, Offshore oil drilling platforms, Onshore oil wells, and Refineries, devices used must cope with the harsh environment reactions that can damage the electronics on printed circuit boards.
So how can device manufacturers like us do to increase the life span of these devices and making it more reliable under these conditions? Continue reading
Hello loyal readers of our blog. My name is Gary Lim and you may know me as the surge protection guy for electrical / electronics application for Lightning and Surge Protection.
Everyday, every moment, there is a possible chance that our electrical/electronics application can be exposed to lightning or man-made overvoltages.
The potential damages can range from: equipment damages to even worse, loss of human lives. So allow me to share with you my thoughts on this matter.
Phoenix Contact’s Quint Power series of power supply units addresses new fields of application: The devices can now be employed in electrical medical equipment such as in operating room lighting or hospital beds thanks to the new inspection certificate of single-phase power supplies in compliance with IEC 60601-1 or EN 60601-1.
IQ technology turns Phoenix Contact’s Quint UPS-IQ power supply into an intelligent UPS for the mounting rail that provides continuous information about the charging state, remaining runtime, and lifespan of its energy storage devices, thus maximizing system availability.
The new data cable now allows the UPS module to be integrated directly into the automation application.