Single Pair Ethernet – The evolution for Ethernet is now

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Before I dive into the wonderful world of Single Pair Ethernet….

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging us in ways we could never have predicted just a few months ago. From unprecedented amounts of family time, home-schooling and to working remotely — or not working at all. These sudden, rapid changes in the way we live, coupled with uncertainty, can feel overwhelming, especially for parents of young children. While we may know that it’s usually helpful for everyone in the family when parents stay positive, it’s sometimes easier said than done.

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mGuard Secure Cloud – Secure online remote maintenance.

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South Africa with its large distances, and in the current uncertainty centered around our ability to move freely, being able to access and provision machines remotely is a focal point for all. Then there is also the concern of internet security with connections to critical machines. The mGuard range of products guarantees the security of your machines. The Secure Cloud enables a highly secure remote connection with great ease. With the release of the mGuard Secure Cloud here in South Africa, it could not have come at a better time.

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Digitalization – a personal view of the changes it has brought.

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Digitalization is an unlikely choice of topic for one of my blogs, I know. For the benefit of anyone who doesn’t know me, I am seriously ‘old school’ from a BC (Before Computers) era, but five weeks into a Covid-19 lockdown is enough to make anyone introspective.  As a result of this, I have been reflecting on my twenty-seven years at Phoenix Contact South Africa and the many changes advancing digitalization has brought along with it.

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Contactron – Motor Management made EASY!

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Control, Measure and Effectively Communicate.

CONTACTRON hybrid motor starter technology reduces the load wiring and interlocking wiring by up to 75%. With the CrossPowerSystem power distribution board, you can also save on the traditional wiring of motor starters with three phases. Two different size Power Distribution Boards are available, 225 and 405mm cabable of handling up to 125Amp. These units are Touch Proof and protect against polarity reversal.

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QUINT4 – DC/AC inverter for generating alternating current

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If I told you a year ago the world would shut down commercial air travel for a month or so, I would have been labelled as rather weird with conspiracy theory ideas. Well! Obviously I would have been right.

The world has always been in a state of flux, change is progress. But no one could have foreseen Covid-19 coming and the huge consequential changes that have occurred, and the forthcoming changes that the world will see once we return to some form of normality.

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HCS and DCS series – Electronic housings

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I can’t believe we are already in April 2020 and it would seem summer and autumn are fighting for custody. In today’s blog, we at Phoenix Contact are going to open your world to our amazing HCS and DCS Series with a wide range of accessories for maximum functionality. We have also added a little extra at the end, New products 2020. Discover our new Connectors for the transmission of signals,data and power as well as our versatile electronic housings. We also provide marking solutions for numerous applications, unique identification of components through trace-ability in the production process, to protection against tampering and counterfeiting. Have a look at this Brochure to find out more.

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HEAVYCON EVO – Ingenious flexibility.

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Plastic vs Aluminium

HEAVYCON EVO has changed the way we think about Heavy-duty-connectors. Previously, Heavy-duty connectors were typically made of aluminium as it is supposed to be tough and durable. However, being an innovative company and discontented with the current industrial norm, Phoenix Contact has come up with HEAVYCON EVO in plastic.

The plastic used in HEAVYCON EVO housing is not just any normal plastic, it is made of polyamide, reinforced with glass.

So, how strong is strong? Several tests were done to the plastic HEAVYCON including basic IP and NEMA tests in accordance with DIN EN 60529, NEMA 250. This ensures that the contact inserts within the plastic housing are protected against the ingress of dust and heavy jet water. The other tests include:

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COMPLETE Line, saving space in your cabinet.

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Have you ever noticed how big empty cabinets and panels look?
But start populating it with equipment and see how quickly it fills up. That is why at Phoenix Contact, we are constantly looking at new ways to save you precious cabinet “real estate”. Our Clipline Complete range of push in terminals (PT) which form part of the Complete Line system, have many options and features that are specifically designed to save you space, time and therefore money.

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Single Pair Ethernet for Industry 4.0

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Common language

Parallel to the development of ethernet, fieldbus technology developed in the 1980s – driven by the increased use of electrical automation technology. However, the various fieldbus protocols such as Interbus, DeviceNet and Profibus, were not used for networking computers at company level, but for serial or parallel connection of sensors and actuators to the control and management level.

Ultimately, the parallel development of the two transmission protocols established the form of the automation pyramid that is still valid today. The highest levels represent locally limited computer networks, and the lower levels comprise the signal, data and power transmission for recording and controlling. The shape of the pyramid resulted primarily from the hierarchical-logical arrangement of the different levels. High transmission rates and short distances via Ethernet, low transmission rates and long distances via fieldbus.

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