Modular machine design allows machine builders a great degree of flexibility by installing devices where they are most needed.
Machines now have a greater need for modularity to reduce shipping costs and make assembly easier and more efficient. Reductions in labour costs are also a major factor in an ever increasingly competitive and global market place.
Installing devices where they are required helps to reduce costs by
- reducing wiring effort,
- reducing installation time
- reducing cabling cost
- reducing downtimes and troubleshooting by allowing for local diagnostics
‘Plug and play’ solutions such as Phoenix Contact’s optimised field wiring from M5 – M40 reduces wiring time, errors and bad connections. This can decrease machine production times and allows for a more efficient process.
Some of the solutions Phoenix Contact offers include:
Distributed Remote I/O enables modules to be placed locally to the input and output devices, therefore reducing cabling effort, reducing the main cabinet size and giving local diagnostic information where it is required. The product range includes:
- Axioline F – the block-based modular I/O system for the control cabinet allowing increased machine output thanks to particularly fast and synchronous signal acquisition.
- Inline – modular devices with high granularity and maximum flexibility, thanks to a large selection of I/O modules, function terminals, bus couplers, and controllers.
Phoenix Contact’s SAC cabling portfolio reduces wiring time and effort with a range that goes from M5 through to M40. Wiring errors are eliminated with the SPEEDCON locking system.
Modular safety relays eliminate the need for cross wiring by using a DIN rail connector enabling additional input and output devices to be added to the left or right of the master unit.
To find out more about modular machine design solutions from Phoenix Contact, visit our website or telephone 0845 881 2222.
Phoenix Contact Ltd, Halesfield 13, Telford, Shropshire, TF7 4PG