Case studies

Connection technology

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AVR GmbH

Recycling company employs electronic motor managers to simplify separation process

In a physical-chemical treatment plant, electronic motor managers (EMM) from Phoenix Contact reliably detect changes in viscosity, which reduces costs considerably.

Brick automation with robotics

SAM: Another brick in the wall with automation

Construction Robotics trusts Phoenix Contact wireless and sensor actuator cables to modernize the masonry industry.

Strip – crimp – push: Making it work in the real world

Strip – crimp – push: Making it work in the real world

A food packaging OEM uses push-in connection technology to save space and installation time.

Precision laser processing

Precision laser processing

To meet customer demand for a smaller footprint and improve safety,  Prima Power Laserdyne relied on Phoenix Contact products.

Modules and Connectors Cut Costs (PDF 0,72 MB)

Modules and Connectors Cut Costs

Turbine Air Systems developed a modular Turbine Air Chilling (TIC) system that uses Phoenix Contact’s connectors, reducing installation time and the number of wiring errors.

Industrial control solutions

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Recognition Robotics CortexRecognition® software is capable of guiding a robot in 6 degrees of freedom utilizing one industrial 2D camera

Guiding the way in automotive plants

Recognition Robotics, Inc., partnered with Phoenix Contact's Solutions Engineering team to develop a custom control solution that could withstand the rugged requirements found in automotive plants.

Data center row of cabinets

Building redundancy from edge controllers to enterprise energy management

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

Training facility

World-class training facility achieves Net Zero Energy

EnergyIQ created a comprehensive SCADA system to support a large Net Zero Energy project.

Keeping the power grid safe from attack

Keeping the power grid safe from attack

SpotterRF provides perimeter protection beyond fences for critical substations with its patented Compact Surveillance Radar (CSR) systems.

S3 Maritime

Onboard a luxury yacht, every inch of space becomes essential

Phoenix Contact's modular, compact components created maximum benefits for large, distributed networks that S3 Maritime needed to install.

Compact controller-based automation on ships

Compact controller-based automation on ships

Compact controllers ensure that numerous measurement points on a ship can be connected flexibly and reliably to the control level.

Affordable PLCs provide powerful control for water automation system

Affordable PLCs provide powerful control for water automation system

To automate a customer's water control system, Control Networks Plus, LLC, required a PLC that could handle multiple I/O and provide plenty of power and programming capabilities.

Transit agency gets new monitoring and alarm system on sump pump station

Transit agency gets new monitoring and alarm system on sump pump station

Thanks to Phoenix Contact, a transit agency upgraded to real-time monitoring of its pump system.

Intelligent transportation stations as part of the automated payment initiative

Intelligent transportation stations as part of the automated payment initiative

A transit agency implemented an automated fare collection system that also makes it easy to remotely monitor different conditions at its stations.

Combining art and engineering

Combining art and engineering

By turning to the world of industrial automation and Phoenix Contact, Electroland has created several unique projects that will further enhance its already-strong reputation for reliability.

Automation of the car body assembly lien for the new Audi A3

Automation of the car body assembly lien for the new Audi A3

When Audi AG redesigned its Audi A3, the company needed an entire new assembly line in Ingolstadt, Germany. The Phoenix Contact RFC 470S safety controller using the Profinet/Profisafe system met the system needs: flexibility, perforamnce and diagnostics.

Warendorf wastewater treatment plant benefits from PLC programming water process library

Warendorf wastewater treatment plant benefits from PLC programming water process library

A standardized, user-friendly function module PLC programming library helped a German wastewater treatment plant reduce engineering costs and solve service issues.

Small PLC with GSM modem improves SCADA reliability

Small PLC with GSM modem improves SCADA reliability

The SCADA software program at a water treatment system frequently dropped communication, setting up the potential for serious problems. ICTech designed  a new system using the Nanoline controller and GSM modem. This increased stability and reduced the possibility of errors, simplified programming and added security to the operation.

Tough Industrial PC Selected by Premier Switchgear Manufacturer

Tough Industrial PC Selected by Premier Switchgear Manufacturer

Flexible, rugged industrial PCs improve heavy-duty control solution for switchgear applications.

Transit tunnel automated sensor monitoring application

Transit tunnel automated sensor monitoring application
Phoenix Contact improves reliability in automated monitoring system.

PCs Control Conveyors at Distribution Centers

PCs Control Conveyors at Distribution Centers

PC-based control proves superior to PLCs for automation of 15 distribution centers.

Grain Dryer Automation Upgrade (1,02 MB)

Grain Dryer Automation Upgrade

Sukup Manufacturing Company redesigned its automation system for continuous flow dryers. The new Quadra Touch automated dryers system used a variety of Phoenix Contact products, including PLCs, power supplies, GSM modem and terminal blocks...

New control system for automated measuring system improves communication, saves space

New control system for automated measuring system improves communication, saves space

The Ford Meter Box company upgraded its automated measuring system for water meters. By using the Phoenix Contact VMT industrial PC as the system's controller, the company improved the communication of the system and saved space.

Making ship automation more flexible and less expensive (PDF 1,24 MB)

Making ship automation more flexible and less expensive

Offshore Automation Systems uses Phoenix Contact's products to allow more connectivity with standard marine and industrial products and to simplify the levels of software integration.

Industrial PC streamlines SCADA system and reduces costs (PDF 1,64 MB)

Industrial PC streamlines SCADA system and reduces costs

When upgrading a wastewater SCADA system, Trimax Systems needed an improved operator interface terminal (OIT). Phoenix Contact's Valueline industrial PCs saved money, reduced development time and improved functionality compared with other options.

Upgraded Barrier Controls Protect Against Terrorists (PDF 1,55 MB)

Upgraded Barrier Controls Protect Against Terrorists

K12 Defense Consultants (www.K12defense.com) in Mesa, Arizona, specializes in retrofitting existing vehicle barrier systems—converting them from relay-controlled hydraulic operation to Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)-controlled electric operation.

Industrial wireless technology

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Wastewater Treatment Plant

Wastewater treatment plant goes wireless

By upgrading to a wireless SCADA system, a Pennsylvania wastewater treatment plant serves its customers with the high level of professionalism, quality, and flexibility they expect.

Cliff in Burkina Faso, Africa

Fresh, clean water for village in sub-Saharan Africa

Students from a Pennsylvania college designed a wireless tank-monitoring system to help bring clean water to a village in Burkina Faso, Africa.

900 MHz wireless SCADA network communicates over several miles of infrastructure

900 MHz wireless SCADA network communicates over several miles of infrastructure

Energy management system for wayside rail application provides significant cost savings and reliability to New York City Transit

Innovative Wireless System Monitors Power Line Lights

Innovative Wireless System Monitors Power Line Lights

Largest wireless system of its kind monitors FAA-required lights on power lines installed in remote mountainous areas.

Water utilities integrator simplifies inventory, eases implementation, and increases uptime

Water utilities integrator simplifies inventory, eases implementation, and increases uptime

Phoenix Contact's Radioline simplified the installation of a wireless SCADA system.

Wireless technology improves conveying and other processes for cabinet manufacturer

Wireless technology improves conveying and other processes for cabinet manufacturer

Elkay Wood Products used the FL WLAN 5101 and other Phoenix Contact products to automate all of its conveying systems.

Water authority uses wireless, VPN technology for remote communication

Water authority uses wireless, VPN technology for remote communication

With help from Phoenix Contact and Control Systems 21, a Pennsylvania water authority has reduced labor and costs and can avoid costly EPA fines.

Conquering the cold: WirelessHART adapters provide easy and cost-effective retrofit

Conquering the cold: WirelessHART adapters provide easy and cost-effective retrofit

An oil storage company located in an extremely cold region installed Phoenix Contact WirelessHART adapters on their existing instruments, saving money without sacrificing reliability.

‘Flawless’ three-mile WiFi connection – Phoenix Contact’s WLAN technologies easily cover a 3.1 mile span

‘Flawless’ three-mile WiFi connection – Phoenix Contact’s WLAN technologies easily cover a 3.1 mile span

The water system of an arid California community dealt with high water demand. Water distribution system operators spend most of their time in the field, but need to access HMI at the control room three miles away.  A cabling solution was impossible due to the challenging terrain. After installing Phoenix Contact high-power WLAN radios, the operators now have a flawless connection and can easily access HMI data in the field.

New technology beats long-standing challenges

New technology beats long-standing challenges

A major transit agency upgrades its intrusion detection system in shorter time and at lower cost -- thanks largely to wireless technology.

Auto manufacturer puts a fresh coat of paint on new vehicles with help of Phoenix Contact

Auto manufacturer puts a fresh coat of paint on new vehicles with help of Phoenix Contact 

A U.S. automotive manufacturer needed to upgrade the paint shop at one of its assembly plants. Bluetooth technology shows extreme capability and cost savings.

Wireless Keeps Irrigation System Flowing (PDF 0,84 MB)

Wireless Keeps Irrigation System Flowing

Energy Systems Engineering needed to improve many processes in a California irrigation system. Phoenix Contact TWE radios and PLCs were part of an extensive SCADA system upgrade that improved the control system.

Best of both worlds: City uses hybrid wireless technology system to automate remote pump system (PDF 1,08 MB)

Best of both worlds: City uses hybrid wireless technology system to automate remote pump system

A municipal water system needed to automate communication from several remote reservoirs, lift stations and the city's water/wastewater control center.

Trusted Wireless (I/O) - Irrigation and fertilization (PDF 2,13 MB)

Trusted Wireless (I/O) - Irrigation and fertilization

A golf course located in the desert needed a more reliable automated irrigation/fertilization system to keep the course in top condition.

Wireless Ethernet (WLAN) - Sports Entertainment (PDF 0,27 MB)

Wireless Ethernet (WLAN) - Sports Entertainment

Uni-Systems, a company specializing in "moveable" architecture solutions, needed clear communication to and from cameras and the control center on a retractable roof and a kinetic window wall at Lucas Oil Stadium, the new home of the Indianapolis Colts.

Trusted Wireless (I/O and Data) - Water/Wastewater (PDF 0,11 MB)

Trusted Wireless (I/O and Data) - Water/Wastewater

The San Antonio Water Authority (SAWS) was monitoring steam usage and flow at the individual customer sites by polling flow computers, using dedicated leased phone subscriptions (leased-lines).

Trusted Wireless (Serial) - Oil and Gas (PDF 0,81 MB)

Trusted Wireless (Serial) - Oil and Gas

At a major refinery, engineers and technicians researched wireless communication possibilities for increased efficiency and timer monitoring.

Trusted Wireless (Serial) - Mining (PDF 0,24 MB)

Trusted Wireless (Serial) - Mining

Golden Sunlight mine reduces energy and labor costs by wirelessly monitoring pumps and flow meters controlling the mine's well levels.

Wireless I/O - Machine Building (PDF 0,20 MB)

Wireless I/O - Machine Building

Motion Controls Robotics, Inc., used wireless I/O for a robotic palletizing system. The wireless design saved installation time and eliminated the downtime caused by broken cables.

Industrial networking

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Cholfirst Tunnel

Modernizing the Cholfirst Tunnel control engineering system

The Cholfirst Tunnel in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, uses easy-to-operate Managed Switches from Phoenix Contact to transmit data between its traffic facilities and control engineering system.

Some SCADA systems use an I/O station developed by Hermes Systeme

Secure remote access to SCADA networks via the cloud

To support customers without incurring travel costs, Hermes Systeme needed a remote maintenance system that ensured a secure connection. The mGuard Secure Cloud was a flexible and cost-effective solution to securely access end customer applications.

Major healthcare provider stays secure and virus-free with mGuard security devices

Major healthcare provider stays secure and virus-free with mGuard security devices

Phoenix Contact's mGuard SMART2 devices provided IT-approved security.

Instant customer service over a secure connection

Instant customer service over a secure connection

PCMC improved remote access with Phoenix Contact's wireless and security devices.

Cloud-based maintenance in plant engineering

Cloud-based maintenance in plant engineering

By using the mGuard Secure Cloud for remote maintenance, an equipment manufacturer ensures a quick solution for almost 80% of disruptions.

Plant operator sets the standard for secure remote services

Plant operator sets the standard for secure remote services

By installing the FL mGuard security device, Inteva ensured a secure connection for its customers and improved its customer service

Secure remote maintenance for automotive companies

Secure remote maintenance for automotive companies

By using the mGuard as a centralized solution, FRIMO has created a uniform and standardized access solution for all its subsidiaries, simplifying operation and reducing administrative costs

System integrator improves customer service with secure industrial VPN

System integrator improves customer service with secure industrial VPN

An engineering firm used the FL mGuard to quickly and securely provide customers with remote service.

Worldwide remote service has become more secure

Worldwide remote service has become more secure

ZIPPE turned to the FL mGuard industrial security device for a modern approach to remote service.

Engineering company chooses mGuard to protect and maintain network

Engineering company chooses mGuard to protect and maintain network

Big Drum Engineering implemented the mGuard to provide secure, reliable connectivity for customers around the world.

Successful protection for industrial networks

Successful protection for industrial networks

Volkswagen AG implemented the FL mGuard at its Emden production plant to keep unauthorized access off its Ethernet networks.

OEM furnace builder supports its equipment worldwide via remote access

OEM furnace builder supports its equipment worldwide via remote access

Ipsen supports its equipment across the globe using the mGuard VPN router from Phoenix Contact, which allows secure remote access via the Internet.

Secure Data Communication at Port of Rotterdam

Secure Data Communication at Port of Rotterdam

Europe Container Terminal turned to Phoenix Contact’s security appliances to ensure that storage cranes precisely execute the commands sent to them by authorized employees over the network.

Redundant connections replace outdated leased lines in authority’s wastewater SCADA system

Redundant connections replace outdated leased lines in authority’s wastewater SCADA system

A New Jersey utilities authority upgraded to modern remote terminal units (RTUs), featuring secure cellular and backup phone-line connectivity.

Augmented security in the production network of ZF Sachs

Augmented security in the production network of ZF Sachs

ZF Sachs permanently improved the security of its industrial networks. The starting point: decentralized security architecture with industrial firewalls.

SCADA security for municipal water (PDF 0,74 MB)

SCADA security for municipal water

A water utility needed to improve the security of its SCADA control networks. They needed an easy-to-configure solution that could meet IT security standards but also exceed harsh industrial conditions.

Converting Profibus into fiber increases data reliability (PDF 0,11 MB)

Converting Profibus into fiber increases data reliability

Located in Dekalb County in northern Georgia, the Scott Candler Water Filter Plant uses a multi-step automated process to filter 150 million gallons of water a day.

Machine safety technology

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Machine safety technology

Machine safety technology

Innovative safety components and services from Phoenix Contact play a significant role whenn it comes to protecting operators and machines.

Plastics manufacturer discovers easy safety solution

Plastics manufacturer discovers easy safety solution

MGS Automation implemented Phoenix Contact SafetyBridge technology, which allowed remote safety inputs/outputs that communicate over Ethernet.

Power quality and surge protection

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Rail transit

A modern approach to transit upgrades

When a major transit agency expanded its track, B&C Transit, ATSI, Steven Engineering, and Phoenix Contact collaborated on a safer and more efficient communications and signaling system

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