A common struggle facing industrial users is getting a new production line connected to the plant network. Plant network switches are often hundreds of feet away from the equipment. Many users bring in outside electrical contractors to run the CAT5/CAT6 (or even fiber optic) cabling. One alternative to running cable all over the plant is to connect the equipment to the plant’s existing WiFi network, which is made easy with Phoenix Contact's FL WLAN 1101.
Recent enhancements to the Phoenix Contact mGuard Secure Cloud portal have added the ability to easily connect iOS devices (iPads, iPhones) securely to machine networks with the security of VPN. No "apps" are required; the Secure Cloud portal makes use of the VPN capability built-in to the Apple iOS operating system. So not only can you get your computer securely connected to remote equipment with the security of VPN, you can also get your mobile device connected as well.
When it comes to variable frequency drives (VFDs), a lot of us might shy away from looking into the details, worrying that they’re too technical to understand. However, this article simplifies what a VFD is and how it benefits you. This way you’re not in the dark about a great value-add and energy-saving solution.