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PC Worx Engineer adaptive software platform

PC Worx Engineer adaptive software platform

Phoenix Contact unveiled PLCnext Technology, a new open control platform, at sps ipc drives 2016. The PC Worx Engineer adaptive engineering software is a cornerstone of the solution. This tool combines the most important functions of an automation solution and systematically expands capabilities for simultaneous project development. Additionally, PC Worx Engineer tailors the functional scope to requirements, ensuring added costeffectiveness.

Embedded systems, intelligently packaged

Embedded systems, intelligently packaged

Technological trends ranging from smart homes to Industrie 4.0 are resulting in increased requirements for electronic devices. Practical solutions often require highly specific housing designs. The new UCS universal housing system concept makes it easier for device manufacturers to a find suitable housing for their embedded system.

Compact power player: Power transmission with M12 connectors

Power transmission with M12 connectors

The fourth industrial revolution requires powerful, flexible and, most importantly, compact connection solutions for distributed automation components. The M12 standard is increasingly emerging as a universal solution for users around the world thanks to its longterm viability.

Rethinking is required: Plastic housings make life easier for heavy-duty connectors

Plastic housings make life easier for heavy-duty connectors

Today, machine and connector manufacturers predict an increase in the need for pluggable interfaces on production machines due to "smart factory" requirements. There is much to indicate that instead of conventional industrial connector housings made of metal, more plastic housings will be used.

Push-in terminal blocks save time and space for elevator manufacturing

Push-in terminal blocks save time and space for elevator manufacturing

Elevators today have to deliver much more than just the safe transportation of people or loads: they are also design objects, business cards, and eye-catchers. These aesthetic considerations by no means push the technical functions into the background. Because there is less room for the electronics, elevator manufacturer OSMA relies on the compact push-in terminal blocks from Phoenix Contact.

Easy cable and conductor routing for the control cabinet door

Easy cable and conductor routing for the control cabinet door

Cable management inside and outside the control cabinet is becoming ever more important, due to increasing automation and distribution. Alongside suitable mounting devices, protective systems, and marking options, the focus is also on easy cable routing in the control cabinet. The new CGS cable guiding system from Phoenix Contact safely guides the cables and lines to the control cabinet door in an articulated design.

Implementation of Industrie 4.0 in tool engineering

Implementation of Industrie 4.0 in tool engineering

The world is continually changing. It is becoming more digital, intelligent, and flexible. Following on from the industrial revolutions of the steam engine, electrification, and automation, the intelligent production of tomorrow is now taking place under the heading of Industrie 4.0.

Clever switching devices for all usage ranges

Clever switching devices for all usage ranges

It is hard to imagine a world without switches. Of course, gas or candle lighting could provide ample lighting in factories where the workers manufacture the products by hand again. And this is the situation that would actually present itself if electrical switching devices were not used. The right portfolio from Phoenix Contact contributes to automated and therefore cost-effective production.

Internet-based data transmission for pipeline monitoring

Internet-based data transmission for pipeline monitoring

If process technology parameters need to be monitored in an extensive system, copious cable connections tend to be required. As the application example of a pipeline shows, this type of data can also be transmitted securely and quickly with standard components via the Internet. Krohne Messtechnik and Phoenix Contact have joined forces to develop a corresponding solution.

Using the Radioline wireless system in glass manufacturing

Using the Radioline wireless system in glass manufacturing

Car windows are indispensable because they protect occupants from the wind, weather and particles in the oncoming air. When these windows are manufactured, the panes of glass are heated to more than 600 °C in an oven and tempered using traveling cooling units, which ensure rapid cooling. The Radioline wireless system from Phoenix Contact supports monitoring of this cooling process.

Consistently separated: The new generation of Quint S-Oring redundancy modules from Phoenix Contact expands the limits of availability

The new generation of Quint S-Oring redundancy modules

Redundant power supply strategies are used whenever a power failure would entail enormous costs or have an impact on people and the environment. In these scenarios, a redundant supply of power is already ensured by parallel operation of two power supplies that are connected by a redundancy module. Single-channel SOring
modules, combined with the new Quint Power power supplies, boost availability even further.

From the sensor to the controller

Reliable signal transmission in confined spaces

The needs of system operators in the water and wastewater industry have changed drastically – there is a trend for higher packing density in the control cabinet and consequently ever narrower components. With “Termitrab complete”, Phoenix Contact is nowlaunching the world's narrowest surge protection for MCR technology (measurement, control, and regulation) – the narrowest devices are just 3.5 mm wide.

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