The “Gasket” Nightmare

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I was a project engineer working for a Building Automation Solutions company about twenty years ago. It was my first experience working with electrical and control junction boxes which housed all the required controllers, terminal blocks, networking devices, circuit breakers, power supplies etc.

Back then, it was very laborious and time-consuming to install the equipment inside the junction boxes as all the internal and field wiring were needed as well in order to complete the working installation. This was then followed by the need to request for the end user to witness and approve the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT), Site Acceptance Test, and Testing & Commissioning etc. before we could wrap up the project and finally invoice the client accordingly.

My “nightmare” happened two months into a completed project when several previously-installed outdoor “Weather Proof” IP 66 junction boxes were found with rainwater seeping into the panel that destroyed the electrical/electronic components.

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the rubber gasket which was supposed to keep the water and dust out of the junction boxes was made of inferior material. The problem was compounded after constant exposure to adverse weather elements in those two months after installation works were completed.

On hindsight, the failure of the gasket had resulted in the need to replace all the damaged components as well as the need to re-install the junction box and re-arrange all the required testing.

As a result of this incident, the end user lost confidence with the rest of the working Junction Boxes and we needed to replace all the installed outdoor “Weather Proof” IP 66 junction boxes so as to regain the customer’s faith in our products.

Thus, when Phoenix Contact first launched the new innovation of Clipsafe Ex Junction Boxes, the very first thing I examined was the gasket. I am relieved to learn that the gasket is of superior quality and has been put through rigorous testing and certification regimes. Thus, I am convinced and assured that similar incidents like my previous encounter will not repeat itself. I will be proud when I promote these Junction Boxes that will address my customers’ needs.

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Solutions for the Transport Industry

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with its 10 member countries has a combined population of over 640 Million people and a market of US$2.8 trillion as of year 2017. Collectively, this is the third largest economy in Asia and the seventh largest in the world. Over the last decade, ASEAN GDP growth averaged at 5.4%, higher than the global GDP growth of 3.6%. It is forecasted that ASEAN will emerge as the world’s fourth largest economy by year 2030.

To support the fast growing economies in ASEAN, it is not difficult to notice the development projects in the area of Transport, Power and Water & Waste-water.

Taking the transport industry for example, urbanisation has driven populations in Southeast Asian cities to swelling points, averaging between 1 million inhabitants (e.g. Da Nang) and up to 10 million inhabitants (e.g. Jakarta). This has posed a huge challenge to city municipals when traffic gridlocks bring businesses and daily life to a standstill, resulting in huge economic losses.

To tackle this problem, public mass transport systems (i.e. Monorail, Metro) have been put into city planning. Improvement works to road infrastructure has been carried out, with new highways and road tunnels being planned and built.

Contributing to road tunnel safety, Phoenix Contact has developed the Advanced Tunnel Solution (ATS) for Tunnel Lighting control. Depending on the external ambient light condition, the controllers adjust the light intensity with precision through dimming, to attain the ideal illumination for the tunnel zones illustrated above. This “demand oriented” solution provides significant energy savings when compared with the conventional solution we see today, enabling energy efficiency and reducing carbon footprint.

To enhance the speed of deployment onsite, the installation-ready control cabinet solutions (BTS, ATS, TCS) only require simple configuration of the system, without the need for any tedious programming work.

While cable installation and system connectivity is dubbed as the most labour intensive, the versatile and robust QPD installation system with its tried-and-tested QUICKON fast connection technology, allows for effortless distribution of power and data signal.

Looking through the wide range of reliable and excellent quality products portfolio (e.g. Surge protection, Industrial networking, Firewall for Cyber Security), Phoenix Contact constantly strives to develop new innovative industry solutions, to fuel the regional growth in our own ways.

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Phoenix Contact Motor Managers

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A motor manager from Phoenix Contact deserves more attention than it gets, as it is a product built with the same quality and technical understanding of the Phoenix Contact brand. Motor managers from Phoenix Contact monitor motors for overload and underload, function, dirt, and wear. One can therefore provide permanent protection for pumps, actuating drives, fans, and machine tools, just to name a few examples. It offers full motor protection for both bimetal and thermistor, and also monitors all electric paramaters such as real power, current, voltage, and cos phi.

One of the applications of the Phoenix Contact Motor Manager is the underload detection in a pump. In the example pictured above, the continuous dry running of the pump will cause the pump to be damaged without any motor manager. With the motor manager, it will lower the power threshold and then stop the pump completely to prevent any hazardous dry running of the pump.

Another application of the Phoenix Contact motor manager is the overload detection in a machine tool. For example, if the feed value on a milling machine is set too high, the tool might break due to overload. Therefore, with the motor manager, one can set the power threshold accordingly to fit the milling process. Furthermore, with the motor manager, one can also detect tool wear in advance.

The advantages of using Phoenix Contact Motor Managers:

  • Integrated full motor protection
  • Protects high-grade system parts
  • High system availability
  • Saves the cost of sensors
  • Easy configuration and diagnostics
  • ATEX-certified for Ex e motors
  • Connection to controller via bus gateway
  • Parameterization via FDT/DTM concept with IFS-Conf software
  • Process data such as performance values, operating hours, and switching cycles are safely transmitted between field and control level

On top of that, the Phoenix Contact Motor Manager can also be use together with the CONTACTRON, which is a hybrid motor starter. The CONTACTRON can increase the reliability of the motor starter to ten times compared to conventional contactors solution, reduce space requirement by up to 89%, and saves labour cost due to significantly less wiring effort. Do visit Phoenix Contact’s blog or website for more information on CONTACTRON, or drop us an email at

Less is More – Single Pair Ethernet

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Ethernet has come a long way. First developed in the 1980s, Ethernet has progressed so much over the past years. Modern day industrial Ethernet has become one of the main communication technologies in Automation. Being able to be transferred via copper cabling, fiber optics and even without any cable (Wireless), Ethernet protocol provides a strong foundation for customization, opening endless possibilities for new applications.

While the requirements for Ethernet continue to increase, governed by the ever-higher performance categories (Cat7, even Cat8), new standards for lower data transmission rate also emerge – Single Pair Ethernet.

Initially used in automotive industry, the Reduced Twisted Pair Ethernet helped streamline and reduce cabling cost and effort. It also reduces the weight of the vehicle which in turn improves its fuel consumption.

Besides reducing cabling cost and effort, this opens up the possibility of data transmission via copper cabling over a much longer distance, for example 1,000 m. This makes many applications that were previously unachievable with Industrial Ethernet, attainable with Single Pair Ethernet. Besides an additional data rate of 1 Gpbs over a longer distance, SPE allows Power-over-Ethernet of up to 60 Watts. Of course, that alone is not enough. Data connectors to be used with Single Pair Ethernet have to comply with high requirements such as high shock and vibration resistance for the industries such as Process Automation.

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Redefining Laser Marking

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Phoenix Contact would like to introduce a facelift version of our laser printing machine, TOPMARK NEO.

It is back, more compact, more economical and with more effective software!

Phoenix Contact provides both the printer as well as the material that you need. In a one stop solution, it saves you the trouble of searching for different vendors for your process. Within the footprint of 180 by 180mm, it is able to engrave on materials such as aluminium, stainless steel, Transply-ABS, UCT terminal cards, and polyacrylate! We have more than 620 materials for you to choose from.

Topmark NEO has a footprint of 580mm X 615mm, weighing no more than 50 kg and qualified as a Class 1 Laser machine. At the side, it has a HMI device for direct printing or connecting it through a laptop where you can create your templates or printings too.

The story doesn’t end here, even if you are not interested to get the printer itself. If you need just the marking, no problem! Phoenix Contact provides the printing services for all of them. Contact us now at if you would like to know more about it!

Stay Relevant with LinkedIn Career Page

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Digital transformation is no longer a challenge for the employees of today, as they are quick enough in adapting to these changes. This in turn makes it necessary for employers like us to be more up to date with technology in order to stay relevant. 

In this highly competitive digital business environment, it is crucial to stay competitive and marketable. We need to make sure that we are continuously improving and evaluating ourselves regularly. One of the key factors involved is to attract and hire the right personnel.

Perception is everything – getting the right perception about the organization across, to the people that matter most (the jobseeker), is a necessary first step to attract and ultimately hire the most qualified candidates in today’s competitive market.  

That is why we are thrilled to introduce our Phoenix Contact SEA LinkedIn Career Page, the latest platform that helps to elevate our organisation’s culture and hopefully to attract the 450 million professionals worldwide on LinkedIn.  We specially created this page to make it significantly easier for candidates to understand our company, culture, career opportunities and to improve discoverability of job openings.

Wait no more and click here to check on our LinkedIn Career Page, or look below for a preview!

Leave it to the PROfessional

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Many may know that Phoenix Contact places a lot on emphasis on innovation. New products are being created every year to satisfy the market needs. Automation has been the hottest topic in town and many industry players have been riding on the bandwagon. A fast and efficient system needs to be reliable as well. The value of automation cannot be fully realised without dependable components. Connectors, being one of the core components used in machines such as robotics, should not be neglected.

M17-M40 PRO series is a facelift from the original M17-M40 connectors.  Phoenix Contact makes a good connector better. M17-M40 PRO series comes with the highest cross manufacturer compatibility worldwide. Detailed CT scan and tolerance analysis had been carried out to ensure good connectivity and minimum losses for retrofitting.

Patented locking system, ONECLICK gives you optic, haptic and acoustic feedback when it is connected. So you can see, feel and hear your connector being connected. This is extremely helpful if you have the plug in the connector that is out of your line of sight.

Shielding is important to reduce electrical noises and eliminate signal loss. In order for the shielding to be effective, it has to be connected correctly to the connector. M17-M40 PRO series is designed not only to have effective shielding, but it can be easily terminated without any tools.

M17-M40 connectors are often used in servo motors which are installed at joints of robot to actuate the movement, giving the robot arm its precise angle. This application usually has stringent requirements such as vibration resistance up to 20G. Of course, M17-M40 PRO series is able to live up to the test and more. Both locking systems (standard and ONECLICK) are tested with vibration resistance of MORE than 20G.

PRO series comes in 3 sizes- M17, M23 and M40 with signal and power connection. Interested to try out all the benefits mentioned above? Get in touch with us at!

Modular Electronics Housings as a Modular System

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Phoenix Contact presents a new series of modular electronics housings for control cabinet applications.

The Industrial Case System (ICS) series includes a wide range of overall widths, heights and depths, as well as the optional TBUS8 eight-position DIN rail connectors for simple module-to-module communication.

Users have flexible options for equipping the housing with various connections, such as RJ45, USB, D-SUB or antenna sockets, enabling the integration of countless functions. Different colors, printings and component versions enable individualized and application-oriented device solutions. PCB connectors and the appropriate headers with a pitch of 5.0 mm round out the range of accessories.

The three- or four-position connectors are designed for currents up to 16 A and voltages up to 300 V and enable simple conductor connection using a screw or Push-in spring connection.

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How Many Cables Can a High Density HEAVYCON Connect?

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It is no secret that HEAVYCON is a great way to install and uninstall control cabinets as it saves you time and money. With HEAVYCON, the time taken to install and uninstall a control cabinet is reduced by 40% while labour cost is reduced by 30%. For applications where re-terminations are required, the savings on time and labour costs are even higher.

This is especially so with HEAVYCON modular, as it provides flexibility and allows for customisation without charging premiums. You can choose any signal, data and power modules from more than 50 modules in our product portfolio and snap them in easily into the newly improved snap-in frame.

When HEAVYCON meets Push-in Technology

Push-in technology is a direct and tool-less connection technology developed by Phoenix Contact. It uses a special contact spring for easy insertion of cables. It was first used in Phoenix Contact terminal blocks. The recognisable bright orange release button enables easy disconnection of cables using simple tools like screw drivers.

Push-in Technology has since been incorporated into HEAVYCON. This is basically an installer’s dream come true as it shortens installation time even more and make HEAVYCON even easier to use.

In 2018, Phoenix Contact had come up with a high density HEAVYCON module with Push-in technology.

This is the game changer as it allows for connection of up to 12 cores cable per module. Combined with a 6-slots frame, it can accommodate up to 72 cores cable in one single connector. This is the highest density heavy-duty connector with Push-in technology in the market to date. Such high density is only achievable via crimp technology in the past, which can be expensive due to investment in the special tools needed.

Also new, the M1 housing caters for application where only one specific module is needed. It eliminates the need for the snap-in frame which reduces the cost of ownership. Now you can get the same amount of convenience and flexibility with less amount of money.

For more information on the development of HEAVYCON with Push-in technology, stay tuned to our blog! If you have any queries, feel free to contact us at!


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Don’t be surprised that safety precautions are the most important activity that is emphasized! In fact, there are an abundance of companies that invest heavily in health and safety.

As an established industrial business, you would not want to be known to operate in a place with high risks of work hazards. And how do the simplest warning labels help in doing so?

1 – Awareness

The key reason of having safety warnings all over a danger zone is to remind people never to let your guard down. This avoids the situation where people are not fully aware of the risk, keeps people alert and reduces the chance of someone injuring themselves. For new people, new employees who are not familiar with the environment, these warning labels serve to help them understand the risks involved.

2 – Compliance

There are a lot of standards and regulations that are laid down by the government and organizations to be in compliance with safety standards. To prevent people from scrimping on small costs for these warning labels, these safety standards are in place to ensure all the right labels and warnings are placed!

Ultimately, it is always beneficial to your business to keep it a safe environment. So there is no need to pay for any worker’s compensation payments, or incur additional costs to cover the injured employee’s scope of work. Of course, keep your business reputation at its tip top condition, being a safe environment for your employees!

Phoenix Contact has a range of plant markings that can be easily customized and printed. Check us out here!

Hey! We are also launching a Snap-Our-Label contest, with WARNING labels as the theme of the quarter. Stand a chance to win a Thermofox Set as well as many other prizes!

To get a free sample of the warning label, click the link below!

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