Case studies

Case studies

Find out how our product solutions have helped customers overcome challenges.

Energy

Saving money and improving sustainability through energy monitoring

Saving money and improving sustainability through energy monitoring

Phoenix Contact has installed energy-monitoring systems on three of the machines in its U.S. headquarters. Employees can use this data to make better decisions, which will improve operations, save money, and reduce energy usage.

Roaming HMI gives Lucky Peak technicians data when and where they need it

Roaming HMI gives Lucky Peak technicians data when and where they need it

As part of a larger digitalization project, Lucky Peak worked with Phoenix Contact to develop a secure wireless network for their roaming human-machine interface (HMI) system. With the roaming HMI solution, the Lucky Peak staff has real-time visibility into all remote assets, ultimately making the plant more efficient, collaborative, and safe.

Getting the most out of a solar system through a control and monitoring system

Getting the most out of a solar system through a control and monitoring system

When installing a rooftop photovoltaic system at its U.S. headquarters, the Phoenix Contact facilities team wanted to improve efficiency and plan for predictive maintenance. The control and monitoring system, built with Phoenix Contact components, provides real-time data about operations and measures progress toward long-term sustainability goals.

Agriculture

Faster and safer harvest process: Farmers co-op improves customer relations with automated harvest system

Faster and safer harvest process: Farmers co-op improves customer relations with automated harvest system

Xtreme Automation built an automated harvest processing system based on PLCnext Technology and other Phoenix Contact products. The system met the customer’s extensive databasing and other complicated requirements.

Building technology

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Teamwork modernizes the Schüco Arena in Bielefeld, Germany

The operators of Schüco Arena wanted to equip the soccer stadium with modern technology. Emalytics building management software from Phoenix Contact gives the facility managers a real-time look at operational data so they can meet their goals.

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Building redundancy from edge to enterprise energy management with ILC 2050 BI controllers

A large data center company got better access to critical data, thanks to an integration featuring Phoenix Contact ILC 2050 BI controllers.

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World-class training facility achieves Net Zero Energy

EnergyIQ created a comprehensive SCADA system to help a school in California achieve Net Zero energy. Phoenix Contact industrial-grade PCs and controllers maximize the system's reliability.

Hockey arena upgrades central plant controls with ILC 2050 BI

Hockey arena upgrades central plant controls with ILC 2050 BI

A new building automation system made it easier for building managers to control and maintain the diverse temperature needs for different events at a large arena in Florida.

World-class guest experience for island resort visitors

World-class guest experience for island resort visitors

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa contracted EnergyIQ to implement a comprehensive building management system and a wastewater treatment plant controlled by Phoenix Contact’s ILC 2050 BI Niagara controller.

Connectivity

PTFIX to the rescue: Simplified power distribution ensures emergency vehicles are ready when needed

PTFIX to the rescue: Simplified power distribution ensures emergency vehicles are ready when needed

Block Communications needed a better way to distribute power in devices used onboard emergency vehicles. With the PTFIX power distribution blocks – small, easy to connect, and color-coded – Block Communications now has faster installation time and easier troubleshooting.

From three days to three hours

From three days to three hours

Tower Solutions slashes wiring time with heavy-duty connectors

Data centers

Lighting control system slashes installation and commissioning time at hyperscale data center

Lighting control system slashes installation and commissioning time at hyperscale data center

NICOR developed the Illumination Management System (IMS), a low-voltage control system, for normal and emergency luminaires within a facility. The combination of NICOR’s custom coding and Phoenix Contact’s PLC hardware and DALI lighting control solution ensure simple user management for easy commissioning and control.

Factory automation

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Machine builder simplifies inventory and lowers costs by 30 percent

SWI’s strong relationship with Phoenix Contact helped reduce costs by 30 percent and keeps them up to date with the latest innovations.

Auto supplier needs to detect connection failure on AGV charging station

Auto supplier needs to detect connection failure on AGV charging station

An automotive manufacturer wanted a better way to monitor the voltages and currents in its facility. The manufacturer chose the EMpro energy meters with Rogowski coils, so they can now catch failures before they occur.

Auto supplier looks to implement net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions standards for its manufacturing plants around the globe

Auto supplier looks to implement net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions standards for its manufacturing plants around the globe

To achieve net zero emissions in its plants, an auto manufacturer integrated energy monitoring into its "Smart Factory global standard."

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Energy management at the DC distribution level

An automotive manufacturer needed a circuit breaker system to deliver smart,connected DC power to the plant floor.

Easy installation and integration: BlueBay Automation upgrades control system for taillight manufacturer

Easy installation and integration: BlueBay Automation upgrades control system for taillight manufacturer

BlueBay Automation designed and installed a taillight solution featuring PLCnext Technology and Push-in Technology for an automotive OEM. The new solution met the OEM’s torque requirements and is adaptable for future projects.

Future-proof control system improves ROI and speeds up deployment

Future-proof control system improves ROI and speeds up deployment

An automotive supplier needed a future-proof control system for its injection molding machines. The manufacturer saw great value in the open architecture of PLCnext Technology.

Future-proof control system improves ROI and speeds up deployment

Digital transformation for the new Smart Factory

An automotive supplier needed a future-proof control system for its injection molding machines. The manufacturer saw great value in the open architecture of PLCnext Technology.

Auto supplier improves plant ventilation and creates architecture for future projects with PLCnext Technology

Auto supplier improves plant ventilation and creates architecture for future projects with PLCnext Technology

A Tier 1 automotive supplier selected Phoenix Contact’s PLCnext Technology to monitor its ventilation infrastructure. The easy-to-use system will serve as a backbone for future monitoring projects.

Open control system improves quality at an affordable price

Open control system improves quality at an affordable price

An automotive manufacturer wanted to improve the quality of its welding process while avoiding vendor lock. The manufacturer chose PLCnext Technology for its open-source programming languages and Node-RED capability.

Fast and reliable: Novum Automation trusts Push-in Technology

Fast and reliable: Novum Automation trusts Push-in Technology

While upgrading a conveyor system, Novum Automation discovered the fast, easy, and reliable Push-in Technology from Phoenix Contact. Novum now trusts Phoenix Contact products for most of its projects, as the faster installation time and high reliability save money in the long run.

Access only when needed

Access only when needed

As part of an IIoT initiative, Showa Denko Materials needed to improve overall equipment effectiveness by 10 percent, with machine data available in real time. The FL mGuard has helped the company improve remote access, reduce man-hours, and production equipment to the plant network for data access without overburdening the network.

Infrastructure

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Electronic monitoring system with plug-in timer modules

Geopraevent AG relies on Plug-in timer modules from the RIFLINE Complete family to create redundancy in its alarm systems.

Flexible printed housing eliminates wiring errors

Flexible printed housing eliminates wiring errors

By using Phoenix Contact’s BC Housing and other products, Mesa Technologies gained clear labeling options and fewer wiring errors, and saved space.

Intelligent lighting solution for Australia’s deepest road tunnel

Intelligent lighting solution for Australia’s deepest road tunnel

Bypass tunnels bring relief to highly frequented roads,but safety is always critical. That's why the Australian North-Connex Tunnel relies on a lighting solution from Schréder and Phoenix Contact.

Declare freedom from legacy control systems, boost resilience, and future-proof your utility

Declare freedom from legacy control systems, boost resilience, and future-proof your utility

The New Freedom wastewater treatment plant modernized its obsolete, plant-wide control system, reducing maintenance costs, boosting its resilience, and preparing for the future.

Material handling

Easy-to-deploy wireless system increases warehouse uptime

Easy-to-deploy wireless system increases warehouse uptime

A distribution center for grocery stores installed a wireless system to improve the reliability of its cranes. The new communications system, using both the FL WLAN 1101 and the FL WLAN 5111, was easy to install and helped the customer increase productivity.

Networking

Cleaner cabinets, quicker installation, and improved network reliability

Cleaner cabinets, quicker installation, and improved network reliability

System Concepts PLUS needed to redesign a control cabinet for a customer that manufactures floor materials. Phoenix Contact delivered a diverse range of competitively priced products, which reduced installation time and improved network reliability.

Fresh, clean water for village in sub-Saharan Africa

Fresh, clean water for village in sub-Saharan Africa

Phoenix Contact teamed up with students from Messiah College to deliver clean water to people in Africa.

Servicing ships around the world through the mGuard Secure Cloud

Servicing ships around the world through the mGuard Secure Cloud

De Nora supports ships in remote locations around the world by using the FL mGuard and mGuard Secure Cloud Service. De Nora employees can patch directly into a vessel’s Ballast Water Management System (BWMS)Control System, thereby bypassing the complications of distance and limited cellular connectivity. 

Wireless network for students

Wireless network for students

RAFA Systems makes remote learning possible for students in a rural school district.

Process automation

Oil producer gets peace of mind with complete cybersecurity solution

Oil producer gets peace of mind with complete cybersecurity solution

An oil and gas producer relies on the FL mGuard devices, the mGuard Secure Cloud, and other Phoenix Contact products for a higher level of network security.