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Where do you implement IIOT for Power Industry?

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Many industries such as Building Automation (analysing of building operating parameters across various premises), Automotive (predictive warning for luxury vehicles), Land Transportation (think ERP 2.0 in Singapore!) has/will be implementing Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) in its’ various forms for the different benefits and uses cases it provides.

If you are still confused about IIOT vs IOT vs Industrie 4.0 and other terms? Check out this link here.

The results have been intriguing and allowed those who have implemented such systems to stand out from their competitors amidst increasing competitiveness of their market.

In critical infrastructure (such as power industry), such a movement has been much slower. This is because a failure in critical infrastructure systems will have far reaching consequences unlike other industries. For example, an unnecessary power trip caused by a data packet not being received in time can affect hundreds or even thousands of residents in a large neighbourhood. Compare this to having a car breakdown in the middle of the road because the predictive warning for car servicing was not triggered!

IEC 61850 – What data can we track?

For Power Industry (Power generation, power grid operations, contestable energy market consumers etc.), we are in the infancy of a huge change, led by IEC61850 to achieve internet of things for power industry (commonly known as Virtual Heat & Power plant (VHP), Smart Grid or other variants).

IEC 61850 allows for

  1. Interoperability: with systems and products from different manufacturer designed and
    communicating in the same way, Power grid operators, Power Generators, Power Consumers can their own systems to communicate with other systems easily.
  2. Industrial hardening of equipment: Components of systems needs to comply with IEC61850-3 which require hardening of industrial components, able to withstand the harsh condition of power industry, such as high Electromagnetic Interferences.
  3. Common system architecture and easy naming nomenclature of data points, allowing for integration into one BIG virtual network to be much simpler.

And these in terms allows for some pretty cool things in line with IIOT:

Predictive maintenance

Imagine knowing exactly when to replace the switchgear/transformer parts and knowing when it will fail! Switchgear/transformer spare parts usually require lead time. Knowing in advance before the electrical assets needs replacements allows power grid operators/ power generators to prepare for the spare parts in advance, minimizing risk for downtime.

Proactive maintenance

Instead of waiting for something to happen before we fix it, there is an increasing trend that engineers worldwide are always studying and trying to understand their system better!

Increased productivity

At present, checks on health of systems and electrical assets are periodically conducted. Unfortunately, there is no real good reason why a monthly period is chosen over a bi-annual check. This is a waste of precious resources as manpower is conducted to do meaningless checks.  This time can definitely be better spent implementing a strong IIOT system that cuts down on these wastages and allows for a more advanced form of maintenance!

With these building blocks in place and obvious advantages, the last remaining challenge will be to adopt IIOT for Power Industry, i.e. where should we start to monitor and collect data from?

IIOT for Power Industry

For this, IEC is in the midst of a technical review for IEC 61850:

Part 90-3: Using IEC 61850 for Condition Monitoring Diagnosis and Analysis

This part of the standard will provide standardization for information modelling, exchange and configuration techniques for Condition Monitoring & Diagnosis for Power Utility Automation. What this mean is that in this part of the standard, there will be explicit description of how you can use IEC61850 to achieve predictive/proactive maintenance and increase productivity! There will be guides on which part of the switchgear/transformer/cables you should monitor and how exactly you should be monitoring them.

At Phoenix Contact, we have summarised IEC 61850 with regards to the portions it recommends condition monitoring and we are glad to share the summary below:

IEC 61850-90-3: Using IEC 61850 for Condition Monitoring

At Phoenix Contact, we also have a wide range of reliable IEC61850-3 industrial hardened components necessary for implementing of IEC61850 systems. Products include Network Switches, Ethernet to Fibre Media Converter, Parallel Redundancy Modules, Bus Couplers/IOs and Power Supply (AC to DC or DC to DC).

Products for IEC 61850

Do you want to know more about IEC61850/IIOT or how exactly condition monitoring can be done to stay ahead of IEC standards? Leave us your contact and we will be inb touch with you shortly.

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Introducing IIOT to your Clients – The PT Functional Terminal Blocks

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When you introduce IIOT to your client, one of the first questions your client will ask you is “What is IIOT?” (Yes, we get that a lot).

Confusion in IIOT

The typical look our clients are giving us when we talk about IIOT

Many manufacturers are baffled when they were asked to implement IIOT in their plant.

Well IIOT is not as complex. Here’s a sentence to explain what IIOT is:

“Using smart machines to consistently capture data in order to improve inefficiencies.”

See. It’s not that hard, is it?

When we further explain the sentence above, “smart machines” are simply referring to intelligent products like PLC or sensors that are able to help you in generating or gathering data.


Smart Machines

Smart Machines are getting smarter by the day

Smart machines allow data to be aggregated and analyzed in real time. With more accountability and control over equipment, workers can better predict maintenance issues and make faster decisions.

Not forgetting the ultimate motive “to save cost”.


Rain Money

Feel like a million bucks when you automated your business, and save half the installation cost. (Courtesy: Red Granite Pictures)

If you’re wondering how we can save you the effort and cost in installing IIOT systems, read on

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

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

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?

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Phoenix Contact Takes Over Specialist for Industrial Communication Technology

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Phoenix Contact and Etherwan to develop products for Industrie 4.0

Phoenix Contact takes over the Taiwanese company Etherwan System Inc. The company which is located in New-Taipei is a manufacturer for Ethernet communication technology in automation.

The takeover enriches the position of the Phoenix Contact Group in the area of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0, which was already strengthened by the takeover of the Canadian Perle Systems Inc. in fall 2016.

Etherwan was founded in California in 1996. The main site has been in New-Taipei in Taiwan for 20 years.

Here, hardware components such as media converters and Ethernet switches for so-called “hardened Ethernet solutions” are developed, manufactured and sold by around 170 employees.

Software is also included in the portfolio of the company. The US headquarters is located in Anaheim, CA, where more than 20 people are employed.

Phoenix Contact and Etherwan have already been cooperating successfully for 15 years.

The cooperation started with the development of a portfolio of products for the use of Ethernet in industrial communication. This successful cooperation will now be intensified in the joint undertaking in order to launch further product ranges acc. to the requirements of Industrie 4.0 and to develop the competence center of network technology of the Phoenix Contact Group together.

“Industrial communication is a key technology for the digitalization”, says Roland Bent, CTO of Phoenix Contact.

“Etherwan and Phoenix Contact complement each other perfectly with their different strengths in different markets and different industrial industries. Now, we have achieved a global appearance and product portfolio to effectively conquer further markets.”

The corporate name remains unchanged; the same applies to the sites.

In Taiwan, the close proximity to chip manufacturers, technology suppliers, and other manufacturers is a great advantage.

“Industrial communication is a key technology for the digitalization”

The existing Supervisory Board will be extended by Jack Nehlig, President of Phoenix Contact Inc., Harrisburg/ USA and Martin Mueller, Vice President of the Business Unit I/O and Networks at Phoenix Contact, Bad Pyrmont/ Germany as well as Marcus Boeker, Head of Acquisitions of Phoenix Contact , Blomberg/ Germany.

The transaction is subject to approval by the local Investment Commission Taiwan.