This piece was originally published in the August 2017 issue of electroindustry.
Joni Herbst, Senior Product Marketing Specialist, Industrial Products, and Ken Keim, ICT Product Specialist, Phoenix Contact
At Phoenix Contact, project design software is used in all phases of smart manufacturing—design, planning, and manufacturing.
In the design phase, software allows users to easily design DIN rail mounted catalog items, basic markers, and accessories. The marking function allows users to design logos, barcodes, and industry symbols in addition to basic marking. A realistic representation of the finished product can be seen on a screen. The auto-configure option adds missed end-covers or end-brackets, ensuring a high-quality product.
Planning can be used to configure products such as those used in overcurrent and surge protection, power supply, signal conversion, and automation technology. Software automatically compiles a bill of materials, which then may be exported to the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for efficient parts procurement and delivery to the manufacturing floor.
Since the finished article may be displayed at each workstation, the finished product is touch-safe. Manufacturing can go paperless!