Future-proof industrial networks from the smart factory to the smart city

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Everything for industrial networks

The digitalization of products, production technology, and production processes is accelerating. Networked systems that are able to communicate form the basis for smart factories and smart cities in the age of digital transformation. This does not only increase the number of networks, but also their complexity. Successful IIoT solutions can only be realised with powerful and reliable network infrastructure technology.

With comprehensive solutions for tomorrow's industrial data communication, Phoenix Contact is your long-term partner for mastering the challenges of digitalization. We support you from the beginning to the end in planning and setting up intelligent networks and make you fit for Industry 4.0!

Prepare your network for digitalization

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Making networks reliable: IT in production

The availability of networks within the company is of the highest importance to you as the person responsible for IT and network infrastructure. Learn how Phoenix Contact can help you to ensure the availability, data security, and performance of your operational technology (OT) through to its connection to the information technology (IT).

IoT security, network availability, and network performance

IoT security, network availability, and network performance

We offer individual network infrastructure solutions and cyber security concepts for the latest industry 4.0 security standards. With our mGuard security appliances, network accesses and data communication can be easily controlled and regulated via firewall rules. Furthermore, they provide a standard remote maintenance concept for secure system access. Increased network availability can also be enabled through network segmentation with our Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches.

Central device configuration and device management

Central device configuration and device management

Programs for central device management and configuration have become the standard within office IT. With our Network Manager, we are providing you with a central device management system for our industrial switches, routers, wireless modules and cyber security appliances. Thus, you will always have an overview of the most important information, e.g. network components and their accessibility, firmware versions and configuration files.

Training and support

Training and support

Along with the appropriate hardware, we also provide you with a wide range of services. From consultation to designing your network infrastructure through to on-site startup, we support you in the implementation of a highly available and secure IoT network. In the event of an error, we will assist you on site or via telephone for network infrastructure maintenance. We also offer training sessions on the safe handling of our products and security awareness to make digital transformation easier for you.

Are you interested? We will gladly help you to increase your network security and network availability. Simply contact us and together we will find the appropriate network solutions and components for your particular application.

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From fieldbus to Industrial Ethernet: reliably networking machines

As a machine planner or builder, you are responsible for the planning and therefore also the functionality and quality of your machines. Learn how Phoenix Contact can help you to improve the reliability and cycle times of your machines with robust communication technology. We offer individual fieldbus network systems such as PROFIBUS and INTERBUS as well as high-performance Ethernet solutions with PROFINET and EtherNet/IP™:

Network infrastructure from a single source

Network infrastructure from a single source

No matter whether you want to equip your machine with a classic fieldbus or with modern Ethernet technology, you will find the appropriate products at Phoenix Contact: from cables to switches, from remote maintenance to cyber security.  

We will be happy to support you in selecting the appropriate network infrastructure with our selection guides or with a personal consultation.

Time-saving network setup and maintenance

Time-saving network setup and maintenance

Time is a valuable resource. Therefore, we offer products that can be assembled and configured particularly quickly and easily. In the event of an error, Managed Switches provide special functions for fast error diagnostics and easy device replacement. Furthermore, you always have an overview of your network with the Network Manager software.

Secure remote maintenance for your machine

Secure remote maintenance for your machine

Your customers are distributed throughout the world and must be supported efficiently. Our mGuard remote maintenance components enable you to implement a standard remote maintenance concept via VPN that your customers can control themselves. Depending on requirements, your customers can also use these components as a router, firewall, or for network segmentation.

Are you interested? We will be happy to help you choose the appropriate network components, and will set up your machine network for you. Contact us here for a personal consultation.

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Plan and secure production networks

As a system operator, system availability and productivity are your most valuable assets. Learn how Phoenix Contact can help you to avoid system downtimes and increase output with reliable communication technology and professionally planned production networks.

Stable system networks

Stable system networks

A highly available cyber physical system requires a reliable and available network. Our products enable precise network analysis and diagnostics for proactive maintenance. Our security appliances enable you to secure your industrial network against unauthorized access. You can also integrate machines with identical IP address ranges into your system with ease using NAT switches, without having to change the IP addresses.

Secure remote maintenance for your system network

Secure remote maintenance for your system network

The mGuard products enable you to implement a standard remote maintenance concept for all machines in your system. Remote maintenance can, for example, be regulated via a key switch, such that you can determine yourself when machines are accessed. In addition, the mGuard products provide firewall and filter functions that are able to restrict access and data flow to the machine. You thus protect the system from viruses and inadvertent changes.

Consultation and training

Consultation and training

We provide you with professional support during the planning, start-up, and maintenance of your system network. We offer your employees training in security awareness and how to use our products correctly. With our many years of experience in automation technology, we know your challenges and can simultaneously advise you on the latest Industry 4.0 standards and technologies.

 

Are you interested? We will be happy to support you in the professional planning and setup of your system network. Contact us with your specific challenge – we will find a solution.

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Experience future-proof industrial network technology:
from fieldbuses to Industrial Ethernet

The following videos and technical reports feature numerous examples of how we help our customers with the challenges of network planning, network configuration, and network security for future-proof industrial network architecture. You will also find exciting information on technology trends in the area of data communication: from classic fieldbuses to modern Ethernet technology with cyber security.

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Why is industrial security so important? YouTube
OPC UA FLC: New standard in industrial communication technology YouTube
Twisted-Pair-Cable: Single Pair Ethernet YouTube
Fast and reliable WLAN für maschines and control panels Fast and reliable WLAN for maschines and control panels YouTube
Easy cabling with M12 PUSH-PULL from PHOENIX CONTACT YouTube
Network security with the FL mGuard Network security with the FL mGuard YouTube
Connectors for data and signals - SACC QUICKON Connectors for data and signals - SACC QUICKON YouTube
RJ45 connector - a secure connection for ethernet and PROFINET RJ45 connector - a secure connection for ethernet and PROFINET YouTube

Practical examples: case studies, white papers, and success stories

Automate production lines faster with CC-Link IE

A high-performance network serves as a solid basis for exchanging data for automated manufacturing – after all, communication and flexibility requirements are constantly increasing. CC-Link IE provides an established, universal Ethernet infrastructure as well as a transmission rate that is 100 times faster than that of the CC-Link bus system, which is popular on the Asian market. CC-Link IE places higher demands on plug-in connectors.
Automate production lines faster with CC-Link IE

Future-proof your network with M12 X-coding

How do you transmit the largest possible volume of PROFINET data quickly and reliably within a system? This question is being asked more and more by design engineers and planners, because the volume of information being generated is constantly growing. In conjunction with the new 4-pair PROFINET cables, the M12 interface with X-coding – already well established in the Ethernet environment – provides sufficient reserves for future applications.
Network components: serial device server, switch, firewall, wireless module, assembled cable, M12 connector, RJ45, FO

Secure WLAN access to machine networks

At the heart of digitalization, the future-oriented project Industrie 4.0, and the Internet of Things (IoT) is the fully networked machine. How can users' access to such a highly communicative application be designed securely? With the WLAN 1100 wireless module, Phoenix Contact is providing an access point that carries out this task in a user­friendly way.
Secure WLAN access to machine networks

Provision of service access to machines and systems - Ways to address the challenge of access security

In the Industrial Internet of Things, most machines and systems are interconnected in production networks. Providing service access to these machines is of considerable benefit to operators, but at the same time creates major challenges in the area of access security. With the right solutions, this task can be managed in a way that reduces maintenance costs while delivering greater availability at the same time.
Provision of service access to machines and systems - Ways to address the challenge of access security

Smart wiring for intelligent production

In the smart factory, information technology, telecommunications, and production technology meld to form a digital factory that operates autonomously. Industrie 4.0 is based upon the requirement that machines and systems communicate not only with each other, but also with many other entities inside and outside the company. The workpieces communicate with the production systems, meaning the product can be identified and localized at any time.
Smart wiring for intelligent production

Considerable relief during maintenance

High availability of the machines or systems is a central demand of every operator. Regarding their remote maintenance concept, Hermes Systeme GmbH therefore relies on the Phoenix Contact cloud as a flexible and cost-effective solution for secure access to the customer applications.
Considerable relief during maintenance

Significant reduction in labor costs and downtimes with mobile networks

CNC milling machines and many other types of automated machine are usually characterized by long processing times. This means high costs to bear because the specialist will have to stay on site, without being occupied with other work, or will have to return to the production hall at the time the workpiece is finished. But should a fault arise when this worker is absent, the machine may stand idle for many hours and in this case the outage losses would far outweigh the money saved on personnel costs. In a scenario such as this, a simple remedy would be to send a status message via SMS.
Significant reduction in labor costs and downtimes with mobile networks

Our network components for your future-proof cyber physical systems

For a secure and stable network, you will need high-quality components that are perfectly suited to each other and that enable faultless communication.

Phoenix Contact offers a wide range of active and passive network components as well as advanced security management options for the internet of things. From proven Fieldbus technology to modern Ethernet technology – we are the right partner for the digitalization of your machines and systems. No matter whether you are looking for connection technology such as cables or connectors, or active network components such as network switches, media converters or firewalls, we have the right product for you.

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Network components: serial device server, switch, firewall, wireless module, assembled cable, M12 connector, RJ45, FO

Contact our network specialists

You do not need to be a digitalization expert. We will be happy to help you to network your system for future-oriented IoT solutions. Our network specialists will be happy to advise and support you – from network planning, through selecting the appropriate components to implementation.

Please contact us here. We will then arrange an individual consultation for your specific requirement.

High network availability, thanks to innovative products and expert consulting
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