CBMC, the compact multi-channel electronic circuit breakers from Phoenix Contact, are now available with NEC Class 2 approval according to UL 1310. This approval allows for setting up a maximum of four circuits with a power limited to 100 VA.
Systems or machines sold on the American market must be designed and approved according to UL. Thanks to the device circuit breakers being NEC Class 2-approved, loads and cables without UL approval can be used.
The new product range of device servers and gateways from Phoenix Contact makes it easy to integrate serial devices in Ethernet-based automation networks. The increasing digitalization and networking of production systems requires protected transmission. To achieve this, 256-bit AES data encryption has been implemented in all devices.
In addition to the transparent conversion of serial ASCII into Ethernet telegrams, the program includes gateways for the integration of serial devices in industrial Ethernet protocols such as Modbus/TCP or EtherNet/IP™ for the first time. For flexible use, devices are available with one, two or four serial ports, and with one or two Ethernet connections. The integrated switch supports easy networking with other Ethernet devices. Several serial devices can be easily connected to a device server and integrated in an automation network.
With the new device server and gateway portfolio, existing systems with serial devices can be integrated in the Ethernet and Internet, thereby converting them to Industrie 4.0-ready machines without having to modify or abandon your existing system concepts.
With the Network Manager, Phoenix Contact offers a new software solution for the quick and easy startup of Managed Switches, wireless components, and security appliances.
The use of Managed Switches or WLAN components always involves configuration effort for the user. In addition to IP parameters, additional functions such as redundancy, segmentation by VLANs or the SSID in the case of WLAN components often have to be configured. In order to support the user in handling the growing number of managed devices in the network, the Network Manager is a central tool that minimizes configuration effort. All network components are monitored, configured, and kept up to date using the Network Manager. Checking that a large number of components are up to date is particularly time-consuming, but this process can be simplified and speeded up through a firmware rollout.
To also satisfy industrial Ethernet protocols EtherNet/IP™ and PROFINET, IP assignment via DHCP and DCP is integrated. Therefore, the Network Manager can be used in all fields of application, such as machine building, systems manufacturing or process technology.
The new “Surge protection for MCR technology” configurator from Phoenix Contact now guides you to a suitable product for the application at hand, with just two clicks. The configurator came about as part of the new TERMITRAB complete product range, which has over 100 product versions. Depending on customer requirements and the application, this configurator enables you to find suitable products from the product range.
The selection guide provides a quick introduction to the most popular interfaces in MCR technology. The first click selects the signal to be protected, the second click specifies the desired type. The hitlist includes a product recommendation that corresponds to the requirements previously selected. If the interface that was searched for is not included in the initial selection, there is a further detailed search. Selecting the corresponding installation, product, and application properties once again leads to a corresponding solution here.
In addition to the narrow TERMITRAB complete surge protective devices, the detailed search also includes the intelligent PLUGTRAB PT-IQ protective devices, as well as surge protection for SURGETRAB measuring heads. The new configurator can be accessed by entering web code #1389 into the Phoenix Contact website search field.
To further improve the already high elevator safety standards, the safety requirements when constructing elevator systems will be tightened in the future. Elevator controls across Europe must conform to the new higher standards of the EN 81-20 regulation, by the latest on the deadline of 01/09/2017. The new PSR-MC37 safety relay from the PSRmini product range from Phoenix Contact already fulfils the heightened safety requirements. The safe switching device is just 22.5 mm wide and is used to safely bridge door and locking mechanisms.
The EN 81-20 standard defines the requirements for construction and the technical properties of elevators. A new guideline states that the potential for risk should be reduced in glass doors, preventing small hands from becoming trapped. Furthermore, all elevators must be equipped with light grids on the doors and ensure improved stopping accuracy. The threshold values when dimensioning air clearances and creepage distances in safety-related circuits have also been increased.