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.
Workplace safety is nothing to blink at. Over 700,000 work-related eye injuries occur every year. Avoid being one of them by following these 10 eye safety tips and giving your eye protection program the focus it requires.
United Airlines had an SRS (Storage Retrieval System) line break down in its San Francisco Terminal due to an obsolete VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) failure. Months of failed fixes plagued the project until Crescent Electric's Gary Tudor came to the rescue over the Thanksgiving holiday.
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.
Controls Engineers are often faced with the challenge of getting industrial automation devices from multiple manufacturers to communicate with each other.
Usually the issue stems around devices not knowing the communication "protocol" used (i.e. over serial or Ethernet ports), or there may be no protocol at all and the device just wants a simple string of characters sent to it. Red Lion breaks down the barriers to industrial communication with the Data Station Plus.
When you partner with a dedicated distributor, you have access to a network of experts working on your behalf, including a project management team equipped with advanced resources to ensure the success of your projects.