What is Industrial Automation: How IIOT & Automation are related(Part 3)

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In the last two articles, we discuss the basic definition of automation as well as the advantages of running an automated system.

For this final article, we will be looking at the different types of Automation Systems and also case studies of the clients who have automated their manufacturing and production plants with great success.

Through this final part on automation, we hope that if you will consider automating your business and if you require assistance, help is on your side!

Read more on the Types of Automation System and Actual Case Studies here

Drive the Automotive Industry with Phoenix Contact’s Data Connectors

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Automative Assembly Line
The Automotive industry is one of the highest revenue-generating industries in the world. In 2016, about 95 million cars were manufactured. Thailand is the biggest country for the automotive industry in South East Asia and the 12th largest in the world as of 2015.

About 2 million vehicles are manufactured annually in Thailand.

Automotive manufacturers are adopting automation for a more cost-efficient way to make vehicles. By replacing human with robotic technology, the company would be able to save on wages and related costs such as insurance, medical leave, employee’s benefits as well as taxes. This shifts the labour intensive production to a data-driven production.

Phoenix Contact solution to secure data transmission

Push-pull Advance Connector

Push-pull Advance Connector

Phoenix Contact’s Push-Pull Advance data connector is 360 degree shielded and is able to transmit data up to 1 Gbit/s. Field assembly without special tool is possible with QUICKON connection technology. It also has production indicator for traceability.

Push-Pull Advance data connector is equipped with a locking system to increase the security of the connector. To lock/unlock, use a screw driver to shift the orange catch to the respective indication.

Push-pull advance connector handling

Keen to find out more? We will be having a booth (3D15) at Manufacturing Expo in Bangkok, Thailand, where we will be showcasing more products on smart connectivity.

Venue: BITEC
Date: 21- 24 June 2017

* Manufacturing Expo is Thailand largest manufacturing exhibition. It consists of 7 sub-shows
InterPlas Thailand, for plastics parts production
InterMold Thailand, for mold and die manufacturing
Automotive Manufacturing, for Automotive Parts Manufacturing
Assembly and Automation Technology, for Automation and Assembly Technology
Surface & Coatings, for Surface Treatment, Paints, & Coatings
NEPCON Thailand, Assembly, Measurement and Testing Technologies for Electronics Manufacturing
Mfair, Business Matching Platform for Manufactures’ Network in Asia

We hope to see you there!

Case Study: Retail Giant, Aeon, Automates Lighting System With Phoenix Contact Solution

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Summary

  • Aeon, the biggest shopping center in Johor, Malaysia, needed a solution to centralize their  Existing Car Park Area, Extended New Car Park Zone & Shopping Mall Corridors Lighting Monitoring & Control system. Previously, their lighting controls were operated manually by switching the lights via a “ON/OFF” switch.
  • The client was also searching for an alternative to reduce operational cost without compromising on safety and reliability.
  • Phoenix Contact’s Malaysia team met their needs by producing a complete solution that reduced cost without substituting on safety and reliability.
  • By utilizing Phoenix Contact’s solution, the client could now control their lighting centrally using pre-programmed scheduler to automatically switch the lights on or off without the need of additional manpower and monitor the system for lighting breakdowns or power outages.
  • The client also achieved a decrease in energy consumption, essentially lowering the cost of operations.
  • Overall, besides reducing their electricity intake and operational time, our solution allowed them to save cost in complex installations, hardware purchases, and future maintenance.

Customer Profile

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The client, AEON, is the largest retailer in Asia with a retail network comprising around 300 consolidated subsidiaries and 26 equity-method affiliated companies ranging from convenience stores, supermarkets, and shopping malls.

One of their subsidiaries is located in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Officially opened in 2006, the shopping center is the biggest mall in Johor to date. It boasts the biggest hypermart and is located at Johor’s affluent area, making it the most visited mall especially on weekends.

Being a premium shopping center in Johor, they needed to explore options towards electrical efficiency and ensure this undertaking do not dampen the experience of their visitors.

Challenge: Improve energy and system efficiency without disrupting shopper’s experience

The client needed a Lighting Monitoring & Control System to reduce the operational expenditure of running a shopping mall. Since they operate from 10 am to 10 pm (which means that they’ll be switching the lights on at 8 am and will close later than 10 pm), they will have electricity running almost more than 12 hours a day.

Read more on how we’ve helped AEON Malaysia save more while doing less

The NEW Universal Electronics Housing: Embedded System Smart Packaged

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The new UCS Housing

The Universal Case System, by Phoenix Contact

Specific solutions often require very specific housing designs.

The concept for the new universal electronics housing (UCS) from Phoenix Contact makes it easy for equipment manufacturers to source for suitable packaging for their embedded system.

Trends such as industry 4.0, Internet of Things, LTE (Long Term Evolution – 4th generation mobile communications) and Smart Home are increasingly utilizing the networking of electronics.

The devices used are based on embedded systems.

New application fields create a large number of electronic assemblies. Because of this, it is often difficult to find a suitable housing.

With its flexible PCB mounting system, the new UCS by Phoenix Contact helps device manufacturers to implement the application quickly and hassle free.

Find out why you should consider our latest UCS in your embedded projects

What is Industrial Automation: How IIOT & Automation are related(Part 2)

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In the last post, we explained the basics of Industrial Automation and why industries are shifting towards this new concept.

This week, we will be diving on the advantages of Automation and the hierarchies of an automation system, to provide fundamental knowledge regarding this concept that is taking over at a fast pace.

Why are industries turning towards Automation? (Advantages of Automation System)

Because of the evident benefits that businesses have seen when they migrated towards automation, there is no reason not to adopt these technologies.

Curious to know how automation can help your business like the countless of other businesses? Read on

The Open World of Automation

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Designed for Future Ready

PLCnext Technology: open control platform for future-proof automation

In recent years, automation technology has undergone rapid changes.

Examples of this include the Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0 or the constantly growing threat posed by unauthorized access attempts and malware.

What does all this mean for manufacturers and users?

And what opportunities could arise from such technological developments?

The new PLCnext Technology for the up-and-coming controllers from Phoenix Contact provides practical answers.

Like its customers, Phoenix Contact as a traditional manufacturer and a driving force for innovation in automation technology is constantly trying to determine which future trends are really relevant and which solutions the current and future market will expect.

It is important to identify the individual aspects of new technological trends and to then determine their impact on the daily work of developers and the needs of users.

In order to identify the key characteristics of a modern control architecture, the specialists at Phoenix Contact have examined the requirements of both long-term users and sales partners.

Phoenix Contact Relationships

Continuous partnership means forging trust and reinforcing value.

Read more on Phoenix Contact’s PLCnext Technology

Cost Savings Through Optimising Space Usage

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Trying to save cost by using less cabinets or smaller junction boxes in order to better optimize your plant in terms of space as well as maximized the energy and cabling installation cost for signal conditioning?

Phoenix Contact MACX Phoenix Contact Mini Analog Pro

Phoenix Contact’s MACX / MINI Analog is your solution.

Phoenix Contact has an Innovative way to maximized space, wiring installation and energy cost for better return of your plant investments.

 

First and foremost, Phoenix Contact has…

Slimmest worldwide with width of 12.5 mm
User Benefit: Space saving in the cabinet up to 30% space

MACX Space saving

Lower power consumption using Low loss Technology (Patented)

User Benefit: Longer operational lifetime of the devices and less ventilation of the cabinet required resulting in savings in energy cost.

Mini Analog Pro Heat Signature

Mini Analog Pro Heat Signature

Power bridging from “bottom”

User Benefit: Reduced wiring for power distribution, fast installation, hot-swap replacement, expansion-options by bridging and saves time and money!

Conventional Daisy Chain Power Distribution

Conventional Daisy Chain

Conventional Daisy Chain

Power Bridging using T-BUS connector and Supply Module

T-BUS on DIN RAIL        MACX T-BUS

MACX Supply and Error Message

From highly compact 12.5 mm signal conditioners and functionally safe signal conditioners to signal isolators for intrinsically safe circuits in hazardous areas, Phoenix Contact signal conditioner range offers a solution for all applications in Analog signal conditioning.

User Advantages:

  • Space savings in the cabinet up to 30% space.
  • Longer operational lifetime of the devices and less ventilation of the cabinet required resulting in savings in energy cost.
  • Reduced wiring for power distribution, fast installation, hot-swap replacement, expansion-options by bridging and saves time and money!

 If you would like to know more about this product, please feel free to send me an enquiry and a road show can be arranged to discuss in more detail with your team.

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What is Industrial Automation: How IIOT & Automation are related(Part 1)

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What is Industrial Automation: Part 1

Industrial Automation Phoenix Contact

Increasing competitiveness in the market over demands for high quality and consistent products remains a challenge for many organizations in the near future.

With protectionism and directives to ensure sustainable employment rates in countries such as the U.S, competitive pricing would also be the factor that is contributing to the industrial woes.

To address this challenge, a number of industries have considered alternative manufacturing techniques such as the usage of automated devices or IIOT (Industrial Internet of Things).

In Part 1 we shall explore what automation is all about, providing a reference for readers who are intending to switch over to the future.

Key Drivers for Automation:

  1. Demands for High Quality
  2. Consistent Products
  3. Affordable Pricing on Goods

Lessons from History

Consider the historical shift of the Industrial Revolution. Industrial 1.0 was all about water and steam powering companies to succeed against their competition.

Industrial 1.0 was all about water and steam powering companies to succeed against their competition.

In Industrial 2.0, Henry Ford’s Mass Production principles allowed Ford to produce affordable automobile at the fraction of the time and cost through assembly lines.

For Industrial 3.0, it focusses on robotics, enterprise resource planning, and lean production. Each and every process is accounted for to reduce wastage and unnecessary man-hours.

Industry 4.0

The four phases in industrial revolution

In today’s digital age, automation and big data would be the key aspect in determining business continuity for the foreseeable future. We call this age the Industrial 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Key Pointers for the Growth of Industry 4.0:

  1. Historically, as economic issues arise, there will be creative ways to manage the issue.
  2. Industrialization has shifted to the next phase with every new technology introduced.
  3. While it has always been about speed and consistency, with automation, cost will be the major determining factor.

Birth of Industrial Automation

Industrial automation facilitates the increase in product quality, reliability, and production rate while reducing production and design cost by adopting new, innovative and integrated technologies and services.

What is Industrial Automation?

We are all familiar with mechanization – using machinery to aid human operators when performing a certain task.

Examples would be tools such as the modern excavator, tractors or forklift, to ease the workload and complete a task much faster.

The problem with mechanization is that it is highly depended on the human decision-making process to operate.

For automation, everything would be done via logical programming commands and sophisticated machinery, eliminating human error and achieving consistency.

An example of automation using Phoenix Contact products

An example of an automated laser marking system controlled by the robotic arm but programmed by Humans via PC/PLC

In brief, industrial automation can be defined as “the use of technologies and automatic control devices that result in the automatic operation and control of industrial processes without significant human intervention, achieving superior performance than manual control”.

These automation devices include PLCs, PCs, PACs, etc. and technologies include various industrial communication systems.

Power Plant Automation

With the usage of automation, Big Data and also interconnectivity (IIOT), power plants can see significant results. (Credits: Siemens)

The above is an example of automation carried out in a power plant. It provides total integrated automation (TIA) by automating every section of the power plant with efficient control devices, field sensors and actuating devices.

In this example, PLCs are used as control devices while using Phoenix Contact’s PC Worx software to provide the graphical programming.

Stay tuned next week for Part 2 as we explore the hierarchy and levels of an automation system.

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Putting the Power in Power Industry – IIOT and its impact

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*A first of a series of technical articles for IIOT in Power Engineering industry. Join our mailing list to find out more as we explore specific applications!

More Data, Better Decisions

Soon, the cities of tomorrow will be turning towards smart grid

The Advent of Smart Grid:

With the rise in electrical costs and the stringent regulations/deregulation of energy markets, there has been an increased in the advocacy of turning towards the Smart Grid to overcome the challenges of today’s energy markets.

Evidently, the building blocks of implementing the Smart Grid are already underway in various countries.

Initiatives such as:

  • Relying on renewable energy
  • The erecting of small micro-grids to provide power to smaller residential areas
  • Limitless choices for consumers to choose their energy suppliers
  • The different ways of how energy is being manufactured (whether its solar, wind or coal)

To harmonize this plethora of choices requires sturdy flow of information to ensure grid reliability.

Therefore, for the full potential of the Smart Grid to be realized, Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution needs to be equipped with digital control and monitoring, and the capability of telecommunications.

With these, all stakeholders in the smart grid will gain access to valuable information needed to ensure optimization of Smart Grid.

Empowering the cities of tomorrow

An example of a city powered by data and electricity – The Smart Grid

Courtesy: Fluke Corporation

IOT and Smart Grid:

As such, IOT has been proven to be useful. IOT is about integrating connectivity to all kinds of items.

This is essentially needed to achieve what has been discussed earlier.

In addition, IOT focuses on the potential of big data analysis. When utilized in the Power Industry, there will be the prospect of predictive analytics and allowing for proactive instead of reactive operations.

Empowering companies with data.

Understand data. Manage cost and electricity outputs. See breakdowns occurring real time

This allows for:

  • Capital expenditure and maintenance costs to be decreased.
  • Energy demand to be managed more effectively.
  • More robust energy mix among other benefits.

However, the issue here is that implementing IOT to the commercial or common industrial sphere is much easier compared to implementing IOT to critical infrastructures such as the power grid.

The market realizes this and has aptly come up with the term, Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), focusing on implementing IOT in critical infrastructures.

Some additional focus of IIOT includes:
1) Cyber security

2) Easy retrofitting

3) Reliable industrial telecommunications

4) And in Power Industry: IEC61850

IIOT empowering data to cities

The power industry of tomorrow. Powered by IIOT

IIOT in power industry and its primary application?

Power Generation: Predictive maintenance of equipment, planning for optimal power generation
Power Transmission: Minimizing operational loss
Power Distribution: Visibility of last mile (LV) data

Distributed Energy Resources: Establishment of Virtual Power Plants (VPP)
Customer Premises: Dynamic Pricing, automated demand-response energy

At Phoenix Contact, we have products that cater to IEC61850 International Standards, perfect to facilitate IIOT.

We also specialize in cyber-security and Industrial Communications.

All of these are supplied in enclosures that can be easily retrofitted on existing assets like switchgears and transformers. Who says IIOT means forking out on new hardware?

Our products are built to ensure that your current business is given a boost.

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Lose the Antennas – Communicate with ease, at a fraction of the cost

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Losing the ugly antenna for good

Ever since we started communicating via vast distances, we have always relied on antennas.

Antennas started to lose popularity as we became more advances and soon, latest technologies have seen antennas disappear altogether.

Antenna, as we all know, is essential for us to transmit and receive data. Most of the time, antennas are troublesome to handle (not to mention stiff).

Gone were the days where our mobile phone has to come with an “ugly” protruding antenna.

Antenna Phones a thing of the past

Goodbye old friend. You won’t be hurting us in the back pocket no more.

Smart Technology to meet Tomorrow’s Demands

Moving our attention with respect to Industrie 4.0 environment for factory automation, Phoenix Contact’s WLAN 1100 has adopted the innovative approach in integrating antennas and the wireless module in one device.

This has enabled tremendous ease and inexpensive access to a stable WLAN network on the machine.

Space saving design, with less the cost

Presenting the new WLAN 1100. This tiny creature can save you tons of dollars and space.

The increasing digitalization in the industry and other current trends in machine building and logistics, calls for a need for solutions in the field of intelligent communication between humans, objects, and systems.

Some of these trends require a wireless communication solution in order to achieve this. The key requirements are:

  1. Simplicity in setting up (With new technology, who says it has to be complicated?)
  2. Robustness against the demanding environment (Most of the communication systems in the market cannot guaranty against the physically straining situations)
  3. Reliability in the communication network

How do we address the above requirements?

  1. Integration of antennas and wireless modules in a single device to make installation hassle free and eliminate the need to purchase expensive external antennas.
  2. With the extremely robust housing (impact-resistant to IK08) WLAN 1100 is virtually indestructible (you heard that right).
  3. With it small form factor design, it makes it easy to implement onto existing machine.

 

WLAN 1100 cost saving

Less than half the cost. No more separate antennas and modules. We combine both technologies into 1 system.

WLAN 110 easy installation

Easy Installation. Fits current & existing cabinets.

In conclusion, the WLAN 1100 wireless module makes it super-duper easy to install fast and stable WLAN network onto your current machines.

So, in short, we’re giving you all this, at the fraction of the cost!

Compare our WLAN solutions versus what you’ll be paying for huge, complicated and delicate systems that cost a bomb.

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