<![CDATA[Site]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/ Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:27:33 GMT Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:27:33 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[Network Visibility Increases Industrial System Availability]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postnetwork-visibility-increases-industrial-system-availability https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postnetwork-visibility-increases-industrial-system-availability Tue, 16 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT For control engineers, their primary goal is to ensure that they have system availability, but they often do this without focusing on the network status. This is becoming problematic because even though the Industrial Internet of Things is helping to connect more and more devices, it is, unfortunately, increasing network complexity and introducing new security risks. Without network visibility, it is very difficult to identify the root cause of problems. Control engineers often have to revert to trial and error to get the system back to normal, which is time-consuming and troublesome.

What if control engineers had clear visibility of the network status and could quickly identify the root cause of network downtime?

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<![CDATA[A motor braking manufacturing plant steps up to proactive maintenance]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/posta-motor-braking-manufacturing-plant-steps-up-to-proactive-maintenance https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/posta-motor-braking-manufacturing-plant-steps-up-to-proactive-maintenance Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT At Jacobs Vehicle Systems® in Bloomfield, CT, Bob Despres is moving the motor maintenanceprogram into proactive mode. With Bob’s thirty-plus years of experience in mechanical and electrical maintenance, he understands that performance and efficiency of critical electrical motorsreduces downtime and helps achieve his OpEx reduction goals. “Every one of our machines runs 24/7 here, so downtime is critical to us,” says Despres.

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<![CDATA[TE Connectivity named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality for third year in a row]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postte-connectivity-named-a-best-place-to-work-for-lgbtq-equality-for-third-year-in-a-row https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postte-connectivity-named-a-best-place-to-work-for-lgbtq-equality-for-third-year-in-a-row Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

SCHAFFHAUSEN, SwitzerlandMarch 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, has once again earned the highest rating on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

The CEI evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. For the third consecutive year, TE has earned a 100 percent ranking on the CEI and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.  

"This recognition from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation is one we take great pride in at TE, as engagement and inclusion are key parts of teamwork, one of our core values," said CEO Terrence Curtin. "I think most people would agree that recruiting and fostering a diverse workforce is the right thing to do. We believe that having an inclusive environment where everyone is comfortable sharing their ideas also inspires the type of innovation that helps us create a safer, sustainable, productive and connected future."

This is TE's second recognition from the HRC Foundation in recent months. The company also received the highest rating in the HRC Equality MX survey, earning the distinction as a "Best Place to Work for the LGBT Community" in Mexico.

TE is committed to engaging with its employees around the world – and making TE a great place to work – by emphasizing development and training, creating a safe work environment, embracing diversity and inclusion, and supporting uncompromising values. Learn more about career opportunities.


TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) is a $14 billion global technology and manufacturing leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. For more than 75 years, our connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, have enabled advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With 80,000 employees, including more than 8,000 engineers, working alongside customers in approximately 140 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedInFacebookWeChat and Twitter.



SOURCE TE Connectivity Ltd.

For further information: Media Relations, Rachel Quimby, TE Connectivity, 610-893-9593, Rachel.quimby@te.com

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<![CDATA[Position sensor trio flexes new solutions for mobile hydraulics]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postposition-sensor-trio-flexes-new-solutions-for-mobile-hydraulics https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postposition-sensor-trio-flexes-new-solutions-for-mobile-hydraulics Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT Danfoss lifts functional safety to the next level with a full program of state-of-the-art rotary position, wire position, and inclination sensors.

For more than 30 years, Danfoss has delivered reliable, robust, and cost-effective sensor technologies for leading mobile hydraulic producers in the off-highway industry. Now, our portfolio is expanding to include three new types of position sensors for all machine types — providing OEMs with unrivaled flexibility and scalability to meet safety and environmental regulations.

We're proud to introduce our new rotary position sensors (DST X510 and X520), wire position sensor (DST X800), and inclination sensors (DST X710, X720, and X730).

All three sensor ranges are PLUS+1® compliant and offer seamless integration with development and service tools, ensuring your products get faster to market. And real-time remote access makes staying up to date even easier.

Both single and redundant sensor types are available. The three sensor types are produced according to PL d (EN ISO 13849-1:2015) and have sensor housing protection from IP67 to IP69K, making the complete portfolio suitable for safety-critical applications and harsh environments. At the same time, hall effect technology prevents wear and tear and ensures superior sensor lifetime.

Moreover, the new sensors offer ratiometric, CANopen, or SAE J1939 output options.

You can visit our dedicated product page below to learn more about each type of sensor and its individual specifications.

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Industrial position sensors

Danfoss is taking functional safety to the next level with a full program of state-of-the-art rotary position sensors, wire position sensors, and inclination sensors. All three sensor types are produced according to PL d (EN ISO 13849-1:2015), making the complete portfolio suitable for safety-critical applications.

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<![CDATA[DID YOU KNOW? WHAT IS “IP” AND HOW TO INTERPRET THIS INDICATOR]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdid-you-know-what-is-ip-and-how-to-interpret-this-indicator https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdid-you-know-what-is-ip-and-how-to-interpret-this-indicator Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT You may have seen it on your camera description or other domestic device, but IP is also used for industrial products. The two letters stand for “Ingress Protection” or “International Protection ratings”. They are used to define the sealing effectiveness of the product against dirt and water according to test define by IEC/EN 60529 standard.

They are followed by two digits: the first one indicates the level of protection against solid particles, the second against liquids.

For our industrial socket, we will focus on digits 4 to 6 for the first part, and 4 to 9 for the second.


First digit


Second digit



Resistance to solid particles/tools 1mm


Resistance to water splashes


Resistance to dust


Resistance to water jets


Dust tight


Resistance to powerful water jets



Resistance to temporary immersion up to 1m



Resistance to prolonged immersion beyond 1m for a defined time



Resistance to high pressure water jets


According to this information, we can tell for instance that:

  • an IP67 product is dust tight and resistant to temporary immersion,
  • an IP68 product is dust tight and resistant to prolonged immersion,
  • and that an IP69 product is dust tight and resistant to high-pressure water jets.


Most of MARECHAL ELECTRIC products are IP66, IP67 and/or IP69.

Learn more here > https://marechal.com/marechal/en/famille/industrial

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<![CDATA[Moxa Releases Updates for MXview Network Management Software to Support Higher Interoperability and Scalability]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-releases-updates-for-mxview-network-management-software-to-support-higher-interoperability-and-scalability https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-releases-updates-for-mxview-network-management-software-to-support-higher-interoperability-and-scalability Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Brea, California, April 8, 2019—Moxa is pleased to announce the release of the latest software update for our industrial network management software, MXview. One of the best features of this software update is that customers can now easily integrate MXview into both IT and OT systems, as well as manage large-scale networks at multiple sites. Furthermore, MXview has a user-friendly interface to help our customers view the network status quickly and conveniently.

Easily Integrated Into IT and OT Systems

MXview supports a web widget that provides a URL for users to integrate MXview into SCADA systems and other web-based applications. In addition to integrating MXview into OT applications, MXview now supports RESTful API, which provides IT engineers with more options to manage and control their industrial networks with their own dashboard to reduce maintenance effort.

Supports Management of Multiple Sites

MXview now offers a centralized monitoring approach for up to 10 different sites that have a maximum of 2,000 network devices per site. “MXview is a scalable network management tool developed to deal with the expanding industrial network requirements of the IIoT,” said Theo Lai, Product Manager at Moxa.

User-friendly Interface

In order to simplify network management, MXview allows users to get the information they require from the main control dashboard. “We developed the latest version of MXview with two goals in mind: to make network management easier and to ensure that the software is easy-to-use,” said Theo Lai. MXview provides a one-page dashboard that allows users to quickly check the status of the network and uses a web-based software design that allows devices on industrial networks to be monitored via a web browser. Furthermore, the interface of MXview supports six languages, including English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, French, German, and Japanese.


About MXview Industrial Network Management Software

  • Easily integrated into third-party applications with a web widget and RESTful API interface.
  • Central management of device monitoring, configurations, and firmware for 10 different sites with 20,000 devices.
  • The network dashboard provides a convenient way to check the network status.
  • Discovers and visualizes network devices and physical connections automatically.
  • Multiple options for events and notifications with self-defined thresholds and durations.


Download the free version of MXview


For more details about MXview industrial network management software, please visit our product page https://www.moxa.com/en/products/industrial-network-infrastructure/network-management-software/mxview-series

About Moxa

Moxa is a leader in edge connectivity, industrial computing, and network infrastructure solutions for enabling connectivity for the Industrial Internet of Things. With over 30 years of industry experience, Moxa has connected more than 57 million devices worldwide and has a distribution and service network to serve customers in more than 70 countries.

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<![CDATA[The Applications and Limitations of UL 1449 for Surge Protective Devices (SPDs)]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postthe-applications-and-limitations-of-ul-1449-for-surge-protective-devices-spds https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postthe-applications-and-limitations-of-ul-1449-for-surge-protective-devices-spds Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT n the U.S—with the exception of utility, telecommunications and rail industries—all AC power connected surge protective devices (SPDs) must be installed in accordance with National Electrical Code (NEC). 

The 2017 revision of the NEC includes three articles that address SPD application and expand its use outside for emergency power systems:

  • Article 620.51(E), Surge Protection for Elevators, Dumbwaiters, Escalators, Moving Walks, Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts
  • Article 645.18, Surge Protection for Critical Operations Data Systems
  • Article 670.6, Surge Protection for Industrial Machinery

The NEC requires that a SPD be “listed” or recognized for such purpose and approved by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). One example of a NRTL listing service is Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL).

The broadening application of the NEC furthers the responsibility for NRTLs, like UL, to prioritize safety for facilities, electrical professionals and patrons. Read on to learn about the main UL standard that assesses SPD products for safety and provides basic ratings for determining applications.

The Purpose of UL 1449 4th Edition

The primary mission of UL is to “promote safe living and working environments” through “the production and use of products which are physically and environmentally safe.” 

To support this cause, UL developed UL 1449, the Standard for Surge Protective Devices, 4th Edition. Under the 4th Edition of this standard, a SPD undergoes an extensive test regimen to ensure it will not pose a safety hazard under normal operations or under potential failure modes, such as abnormal utility supply events and at the end of its service life.

UL 1449 Performance Assessments 

UL 1449's main objective is about safety, not to be a performance standard. However, it does assign a Voltage Protection Rating (VPR), Nominal Current (In) rating and Type classification to each tested SPD. These ratings enable the performance of two SPDs to be compared.

Though performance is assessed, a shortcoming of UL 1449 is that it only requires products to remain operational on voltages up to 110% of nominal supply voltage. If voltage exceeds this, SPDs are allowed to safely but permanently fail.

To limit the possibility of frequent SPD replacements due to temporary overvoltage (TOV), customers are recommended to specify that the Maximum Continuous Operating Voltage (MCOV) be at least 125% of the nominal supply voltage. Further reliability can be gained by using products with CRITEC TD technology, which extends the MCOV to between 140% and 200% of the nominal supply voltage. 

UL 1449 Surge Rating Testing

It is important to note that UL 1449 does not test that a SPD meet the manufacturer’s claimed maximum surge rating. While this may appear a severe oversight on the part of the standard, it becomes more understandable when we consider that the primary concern of UL is safety and not performance.

The onus is left to the customer to seek evidence from the SPD manufacturer to support claimed surge ratings. Proof may be provided in the form of in-house test results or, preferably, independent third-party test certificates.

Search for UL Listed SPDs

UL offers a database for listed SPDs where a customer can search for devices generally or by specific products to find the ratings of an SPD. Access the SPD section of the UL iQ family of databases to explore SPDs by name, brand, performance and other factors.

To see the complete record of UL listed nVent ERICO SPDs, enter “ERICO International Corporation” in the “Company” search field.

SPD Types, as Defined by the UL 1449 4th Edition

SPD types designate the intended application location of the SPD, either upstream or downstream, of the main overcurrent protective device of the facility.


From UL 1449, 4th Edition, the SPD types included are:

  • Type 1 SPDs are permanently connected and intended for installation between the secondary of the service transformer and the line side of the service equipment overcurrent device, as well as the load side.
  • Type 2 SPDs are permanently connected and intended for installation on the load side of the service equipment overcurrent device, including SPDs located at the branch panel and molded case SPDs.
  • Type 3 SPDs are installed at the point of utilization, with a minimum conductor length of 30 feet (10 meters) from the electrical service panel to the point of utilization. Examples are cord connected, direct plug-in or receptacle type SPDs installed at the utilization equipment being protected. The distance (30 feet) is exclusive to the conductors provided with or used to attach SPDs.
  • Type 4 SPD is a component assembly consisting of one or more Type 5 components, together with an internal or external disconnect, or is a means for complying with the limited current tests.
    • Type 1, 2 and 3 component assemblies consist of a Type 4 component assembly with internal or external short circuit protection.
  • Type 5 SPD is for discrete component surge suppressors, such as metal oxide varistors (MOVs) that may be mounted on a printed wiring board (PWB), connected by its leads or provided within an enclosure with mounting means and wiring terminations.

Learn More About Surge Protective Devices (SPD) and Standards

Our team of product and engineering experts wants to clear up questions around SPD usage, installation and application. Take a look at past surge protection posts to learn more about the topic: 

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<![CDATA[Comprehensive solution for your control cabinet: COMPLETE line]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postcomprehensive-solution-for-your-control-cabinet-complete-line https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postcomprehensive-solution-for-your-control-cabinet-complete-line Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT

COMPLETE line is a system comprising technologically leading and coordinated hardware and software products, consulting services, and system solutions. The optimized interactions simplify all of the work processes from engineering through to procurement, installation, and operation.

The comprehensive portfolio comprises products for all of the tasks in the control cabinet: connection, switching, disconnection, as well as measuring, controlling, supply, and automation. COMPLETE line has the right solution for every function. The simple and intuitive operation ensures that time is saved during the assembly, commissioning, and maintenance of control cabinets.

The coordination of all of the products in the COMPLETE line system with regard to design and accessories ensures that parts can be used universally thus reducing your logistic costs. The PROJECT complete planning and marking software supports the entire process of control cabinet manufacturing. It also enables the individual planning, automatic checking, and direct ordering of terminal strips.

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<![CDATA[Moxa Connection March 2019]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-connection-march-2019 https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-connection-march-2019 Tue, 12 Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT Feature Articles

Do You think Your Industrial Networks Are Secure?

Industrial networks are continuously evolving; new devices are being added to them constantly, and they are now being connected to the Internet to increase accessibility and visibility.
Unfortunately, cybersecurity measures do not always keep pace with this evolution. As cyber threats become more common, it is important that network owners mitigate these risks. In this article, we consider some of the obstacles to deploying secure networks and the solutions to overcome them.

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The Next-generation IIoT Gateways Transforming Manufacturing

Manufacturers are gearing up to ride the new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) wave of digitization. Although progress has been slow, manufacturers are already beginning to experience the benefits of digitization at various stages of their IIoT transformation. In this article, we discuss how a new generation of IIoT gateways, which are optimized for the IIoT, are redefining the manufacturing landscape.

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Applications and Success Stories

Smart Switches That Are Ideal for Manufacturing Environments

Uninterrupted Wireless Connectivity for AS/RS and AGV Systems 


More Resources

Brochure - Rugged HMI Panels for Tough Environments

Brochure - Multiple Media Converter Solutions in Focus

Case Study - Enhancing Cybersecurity for Factory Networks



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<![CDATA[Moxa Spotlight February 2019]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-spotlight-february-2019 https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postmoxa-spotlight-february-2019 Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT This month, we cover some of the common challenges you might face in the course of deploying your industrial systems, and how to overcome them. Our rugged computer panels and displays built for the most extreme environments come under the spotlight, as well as solutions that incorporate Internet of Things (IoT) and articial intelligence (AI) technologies to help businesses improve their equipment utilization rate, increase yield, build predictive maintenance, and migrate to the cloud. We also focus on combining IIoT technologies with machine learning and artificial intelligence to unlock deeper insights, as we have teamed up with Microsoft to explore this topic in a one-hour webinar. 


Latest Developments

Rugged HMI Panels for Tough Environments

Operating in harsh environments poses many critical challenges. We offer rugged panel computers and displays that are ideal for deploying in extreme operating environments for a variety of HMI applications. 

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Connected machine Learning to Edge Intelligence Easily 

Watch our on-demand webinar, in collaboration with Microsoft, to learn how to use Azure IoT Edge-ready gateways to extend machine learning to field devices. 

Learn More


Using AIoT to Boost Business Performance

A global firm providing audit, tax, and advisory services combined developments in the IIoT and AI to help small and medium businesses improve their return on investment (ROI). 

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Resources Links

Brochure -  Strengthen Connectivity With Our Industrial Wireless Application Brochure

Guidebook - Read About Our Deployments in Our Railway Application Guide 

Case Study - Big Data Acquisition and Analysis in Energy Storage Monitoring Systems

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<![CDATA[Case Study: Three-Phase Motor Failure]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postfluke-13-common-causes-of-motor-failure https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postfluke-13-common-causes-of-motor-failure Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT Problem Description

For three years in a row, a particularly large three-phase motor would fail twice a year. The facility maintenance manager called in both the electrical contractor and the motor manufacturer, who pointed fingers at each other but failed to resolve anything on site. The facility was left in the middle, with no corrective action, cyclical motor repair costs, and lost production from the repeated downtimes.

Tired of what was clearly a pattern failure, the facility manager hired an independent consultant. The consultant told the facility manager he would perform a complete power quality survey of the electrical distribution system feeding the motor, determine its operating characteristics and work from there to solve the problem.


The consultant connected his Fluke 434 three-phase handheld power quality analyzer to the circuit supplying energy to the motor and pushed the View Config button. The diagram confirmed that his connections were proper and that the power type was three-phase Delta.

From there, he pushed the Scope button and looked at waveforms and numeric values for all three phases. Judging by the differences between the magnitudes at the top of the screen, there appeared to be a balance problem between the phases.

To gather more information, he switched to the numeric readout on the Voltz/Amps/Hertz screen. The current reading there was even higher and still unbalanced.

Switching to the Unbalance screen, he checked the voltage and current values as ell as the phase diagram, to see if the motor was operating within acceptable limits.

Lastly, to cover his bases, he selected Harmonics from the menu to make sure frequencies weren't contributing to the problem.


From his unbalance measurements, he could see that an unbalance was causing an excessively large phase current value. He checked the motor specifications and confirmed that phase current exceeded the motor's FLA (Full Load Amperage) rating. Looking at the data for all three phases, he traced the current unbalance to excessive loading on one voltage phase.

The consultant traced the voltage unbalance to a set of equipment installed three years ago. It turned out that all of the internal single-phase loads were connected to the same phase. That last new equipment installation caused such a significant power system voltage unbalance that it created a current unbalance at the motor, increasing the operating temperature of the conductors and motor windings to beyond the limits.


To resolve the situation, the consultant balanced the internal single-phase loads between the three phases, reducing the overall voltage unbalance and consequently, the current unbalance at the motor. This also reduced the elevated phase current value and operating temperature at the motor.

He took new benchmark measurements for future monitoring, transferred all of his saved screens to his computer and printed a before-and-after report for the facility maintenance manager.

While not a power quality expert, the manager could see the difference between the screens. Now he understood why power quality measurements needed to be taken before and after new equipment installation. All of the motor repair and downtime costs had been un-necessary. When the consultant suggested setting up a regular preventive maintenance schedule, the manager agreed.

Click here to download the full pdf: Case Study: Three-Phase Motor Failure

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<![CDATA[TE Connectivity to participate in Morgan Stanley's Technology, Media and Telecom Conference]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postte-connectivity-to-participate-in-morgan-stanleys-technology-media-and-telecom-conference https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postte-connectivity-to-participate-in-morgan-stanleys-technology-media-and-telecom-conference Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT SCHAFFHAUSEN, SwitzerlandFeb. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, today announced that TE Chief Financial Officer Heath Mitts will present at Morgan Stanley's 2019 Technology Media and Telecom Conference on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. PST at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. 

A live audio webcast of the conference will be available online. A replay of the webcast will be available for 180 days following the live webcast and can be accessed via the same online link.

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<![CDATA[Danfoss is building climate-friendly data centers together with Hewlett Packard Enterprise]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdanfoss-is-building-climate-friendly-data-centers-together-with-hewlett-packard-enterprise https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdanfoss-is-building-climate-friendly-data-centers-together-with-hewlett-packard-enterprise Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT

The next big step for Danfoss’ digital transformation will be the building of new data centers, which are needed for a strong IT infrastructure to support the growth of the company. Danfoss will build its data centers with its own energy-efficient technologies as an inspiration for how to minimize the impact of increasing volumes of data on the climate. Currently, around 10 percent of the world's electricity is used on IT.

With an uptime of 99.9999999999996%, the most important thing is ensured: access to data and services 24-7. Danfoss will also get a taste of its own medicine by building new, energy-efficient data centers near the company’s headquarters. The facilities will house large and response-critical data volumes, which Danfoss produces in its new smart IT platforms as part of the company’s digital transformation.

“We are building a new, energy-efficient and cost-efficient home for our data and applications. At the same time, we are continuing our journey toward cloud services. The big challenge for the industry is to use the best from these two worlds: the data center’s potential to service the smart and highly specialized factory applications, and the “cloud's” constantly growing number of services and possibilities for scaling up and down. We are convinced that our hybrid solution, with a combination of data centers and a cloud, is the answer to how we can provide strong innovation and optimal efficiency in our end-to-end IT solutions,” says Sune Tornbo Baastrup, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Danfoss.

The data centers are built as modules that will allow Danfoss to expand the centers as the need for data increases. Danfoss is the world leader when it comes to developing energy-efficient technologies, and the company’s data centers will be an example of how technology can be used to reduce energy consumption in these types of facilities.

Energy used for cooling can be halved

It is possible to save a large amount of the power that data centers use for cooling servers. Danfoss specializes in cooling technology and solutions that can save more than 50 percent of the energy that data centers use for cooling. Danfoss also has the technology for making use of the data centers’ excess heat and channeling it to the existing district heating grids, benefiting consumers – and the climate.

Danfoss and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have worked together for more than three decades, and the establishment of the data centers is a logical next step in the parties’ cooperation.

“Denmark has a high profile in the field of sustainable energy, and it has attracted data centers from global technology companies. Denmark is already the world leader when it comes to keeping the environmental consequences of cooling at an absolute minimum. We are very enthusiastic about our cooperation with Danfoss because we can see a dramatically increasing global potential for a climate-friendly data infrastructure,” says Carsten Regner Nielsen, Managing Director of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Denmark.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise estimates that, globally, 10 percent of all electricity is used on the IT ecosystem, and that the continued increase of data volumes makes reducing the climate effects of digitization a high priority.

Danish electricity consumption is expected to increase by approximately 24 percent by 2025. With data centers accounting for around half of that increase, energy-efficient technologies could make a dramatic difference.

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<![CDATA[DID YOU KNOW? THE LOTO PROCEDURE AND ITS BENEFITS]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdid-you-know-the-loto-procedure-and-its-benefits https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postdid-you-know-the-loto-procedure-and-its-benefits Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT What is the LOTO procedure? LOTO stands out for Lockout-Tagout.

It is a safety system used to prevent accidental or unauthorized access to electrical power sources during maintenance or other work.

safety hasp

Usually, a safety hasp is used so every person working on the same equipment has its own lock to secure the device. That way, if an operator do maintenance on the installation but an electrician is checking something else, they can both put their lock; and when one is still working, the other can’t put the power back on. Generally, a tag is placed on the lock to identify the worker who placed it.


When several areas are being worked on at the same time, the operator must use as many locks as necessary to secure power from the system. Indeed, in a standard LOTO procedure, he or she starts by identifying all potential power sources for the concerned equipment.


The goal of this procedure is to prevent the accidental startup of a machine while it is in hazardous state or while a worker is in direct contact with it. LOTO procedures are used across industries and are mandated by law in some countries.


MARECHAL ELECTRIC socket outlets are in compliance with all LOTO procedures.

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<![CDATA[The Most Influential 2019 Trends for Electrical Engineers and Contractors [Plus Other Expert Predictions]]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postthe-most-influential-2019-trends-for-electrical-engineers-and-contractors-plus-other-expert-predictions https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postthe-most-influential-2019-trends-for-electrical-engineers-and-contractors-plus-other-expert-predictions Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT We may already be a few weeks into the new year, but there is still time to catch up on what many industry publications predict for 2019.

As an electrical engineer or contractor, trends can emerge slowly, but affect jobs quickly. Read on for our roundup of electrical engineering news and information focusing on trends, predictions and more for the electrical industry in 2019.  

Fastest Growing Markets for Electrical Contractors 

Strategic planning for the new year likely focuses on your local market—and it should. However, assessing macro trends and hot markets across the country can help you identify new opportunities for your business.

EC&M analyzed free reports from The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to find the hottest local markets for electrical engineers and contractors in 2019. For the purposes of this study, the article assesses markets with year-over-year growth at twice the national growth rate for electrical industry employment, population and single-family building permits.

Metropolitan areas in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Texas and Utah topped this year’s list—which is not surprising given historical growth in those states. 

Reviewing the available BLS data may uncover opportunities for you to expand to municipalities nearby, or consider new services for the existing area. View the article from EC&M for more information on the hottest markets and how to conduct your own analysis.

8 Technology Trends To Watch For in 2019

The past year increasingly saw the role of new technologies grow in this industry. Electrical Contractorprovides eight technologies electrical engineers or contractors should expect to see impact their jobs in 2019 and beyond. 

  1. Robotic-based technologies already help improve safety. One example is wireless underground cable cutters that are remotely control. Unlike certain sectors where job loss to robotics could be widespread, automation technology will primarily improve safety and efficiency for the electrical engineering field.
  2. The smart grid. Smart grids involve incorporating sensors and other smart tech into electrical system infrastructure, increasing energy usage information and control. Looking ahead, electrical engineers will more frequently encounter smart grids and be asked to help develop a smarter grid.
  3. Primarily popular in the consumer space currently, smart watches and other devices will keep electrical engineers safer in the future. Proxxi, for example, developed a bracelet with a sensor that vibrates if it gets too close to high-voltage electricity. Another wearable device, SolePower boots, is built with lighting, GPS, temperature sensing and cloud connectivity to provide a warning for falls, overheating and proximity to hazards.
  4. Prefabricated products. Less flashy than the first three is the growth of prefabricated products. To reduce time spent on repetitive, on-site tasks, prefab increases electrical engineer safety, efficiency and can help compensate for the industry’s labor shortage. Image prefabricated, prewired walls in the future, for example.
  5. Energy-efficient lighting technologies. LEDs have made significant developments in recent years in terms of efficiency and lifespan. Expect LED usage to become more widespread in various lighting fixtures. And, as smart technology becomes even smarter, these lights can become more energy efficient and easier to install quickly.
  6. Client relationship and project management software. Just as other industries maximize efficiency and communication with software, engineers can use this tech to track customer interactions, organize scheduling and billing and spend less time on paperwork.
  7. The Internet of Things (IoT). IoT, an industry buzzword at this point, includes any internet-connected devices that can exchange data. Engineers will more frequently encounter IoT devices during projects, and may start using IoT tools themselves.
  8. According to a survey of seven business sectors, the construction and engineering sector uses drones the most. Though this survey mostly involved large companies, drones are becoming increasingly accessible. Engineers can use drones to record, analyze and collect data at the jobsite to increase productivity and efficiency. 

The impact of technology across all industries is undeniable. Read the full Electrical Contractor articleto learn more about the advantages of each trend and why it will emerge in the coming years.

More Tech Trends from the National Electrical Contractors Association 

Of the tech trends projected to make an impact in 2019 and beyond, which show the greatest probability of impact on the contracting industry? 

While construction is one of the most common sectors for drone usage, it is lagging behind in automation. According to the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), “2019 will be a breakthrough year for the use of augmented reality (AR) in construction.” In the next two years, experts predict augmented reality spending in the U.S. construction to increase from $1 billion to $10 billion.

In 2018 alone, cumulative investment in construction technology increased 30% from the previous year.

Given the massive electrical technology spending, see this Gartner report of the biggest technology trends for 2019 that will impact the next five years. Many of which will play a major role in construction and contracting. 

  1. Autonomous Things
  2. Augmented Analytics
  3. AI-Driven Development
  4. Digital Twins
  5. Empowered Edge
  6. Immersive Experience (virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality)
  7. Blockchain
  8. Smart Spaces
  9. Digital Ethics and Privacy
  10. Quantum Computing

To learn more about the technological trends NECA believes will most impact electrical contractors in 2019, and to watch a video covering Gartner’s top ten 2019 trends, click here. 

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<![CDATA[REGISTER FOR OUR FEBRUARY ELECTRICAL SAFETY WEBINAR]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postregister-for-our-february-electrical-safety-webinar https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postregister-for-our-february-electrical-safety-webinar Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT REGISTER FOR TUESDAY         REGISTER FOR THURSDAY 

Description: Most facilities and design engineers of industrial control panels assume a higher risk for voltages 50V and below and often think electrical safety is only critical when system voltages are greater than or equal to 100 Volts. This leads to a mindset where everyone is heavily focused on risk mitigation tactics when safety-by-design controls are applied only to voltages of higher magnitude, leaving the control systems behind.
Further, automation engineers and control system experts in manufacturing and process environments often work with control panels for process optimization while interacting heavily with low voltage components such as PLCs and other control devices inside the panels. This webinar will draw importance to unintentional exposure of electrical safety risks to design and control engineers while working primarily with low voltage devices inside the industrial control panel.

Learning objectives: 
• Electrical exposures and hazards involved in Industrial control panels and machinery
• NFPA 79 & 70E guidance on safety requirement
• Best practices for industrial control panel design
• Risk mitigation and productivity enhancements using thru-door programming ports

Speakers: John Kolak, CSP & Bhanu Srilla, Director of Product Marketing

All registrants will receive a follow-up email after the presentation with a link to an on-demand video version of the webinar as well as downloadable slides. We hope to see you there!

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<![CDATA[The Easy Way to Convert Modbus RTU to Modbus TCP]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postthe-easy-way-to-convert-modbus-rtu-to-modbus-tcp https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postthe-easy-way-to-convert-modbus-rtu-to-modbus-tcp Fri, 11 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT

In industrial applications, the most common protocol conversion is Modbus-RTU-to-Modbus-TCP conversion, and it is usually required when legacy devices such as meters, mostly using Modbus RTU, need to be integrated with SCADA systems, mostly using Modbus TCP. For engineers, it is essential to find a solution that simplifies this complex Modbus protocol conversion to ensure a smooth operation daily. Our MGate MB3000 Series Modbus gateways not only feature the MGate Manager tool that makes configuration and troubleshooting fast and easy, but they also support active polling to speed up SCADA performance, providing an easy solution for Modbus-RTU-to-Modbus-TCP conversion.


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<![CDATA[FLUKE Case Study: Network Hub Failure]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postfluke-case-study-network-hub-failure https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postfluke-case-study-network-hub-failure Fri, 11 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT Measuring tools: Fluke 434 Power Quality Analyzer
Features: Scope, V-A-HZ, Monitor, Trend, Events, ground

Problem Description

Ever fixed something and still not solved the problem? Sometimes multiple deficiencies can all cause the same symptoms.

In this case, an industrial facility was having communication problems with a network hub. During the initial survey data gathering phase, they documented equipment failures and port problems all the way back to the hub equipment installation.

After the service company exhausted all hardware and software options, they called in a consultant to find out whether it was a power quality problem. Using his handheld Fluke 434 three-phase Power Quality Analyzer, the consultant found more than expected.


After connecting his Fluke 434 to the branch circuit supplying the hub equipment, he checked the View Config screen (Fig. 1) diagram to verify proper connections. From there, he pushed the Scope button and saw an abnormally high neutral waveform. (Fig. 2) He checked the numeric values at the top of the screen and saw that neutral voltage was in fact incredibly high, at 23 volts, indicating a possible neutral-ground issue. He saved that screen for customer documentation.

Just to be sure, he switched to the V-A-Hz screen (Fig. 3) and checked the voltage level again. He got the same results. Following standard power quality practices, he began looking for a grounding problem at the branch circuit, since that was the next step in the wiring path.

He traced the branch circuit to the isolated ground receptacle but couldn't find a grounding conductor. That was a little too isolated! Not having a grounding conductor caused an open ground condition. That was not only a problem for the electronic equipment, but also a safety hazard to personnel and equipment. As a temporary fix, he recommended replacing the isolated ground receptacle with a legal, standard receptacle. The standard receptacle would allow the client to use conduit as the standard equipment grounding providing proper grounding for the branch circuit.

During his examination of the branch circuit, the consultant also discovered that the circuit was supplied from a general-purpose electrical panel. Since he knew the hub would require higher quality power than average equipment, he thought he should go ahead and check the panel for any kinds of sags or swells.

He pressed the Monitor button (Fig. 4) and set the recording time for 24 hours. After the first 15 minutes, he pushed the trend button while continuing to record in the background. (Fig. 5) Shortly into the cycle he saw a dip in the line.

To learn more, he pushed the event table button, checked the numeric values, and saw distinct voltage sags on the branch circuit. (Fig. 6)

The panel was clearly carrying too much load, most likely from one or more of the facility's large motors. That meant the hub was seeing high voltage from the grounding problem and low voltage from the sags, both of which were causing the hub to go down.


Due to the cost and time required to install a new receptacle on the branch circuit, the facility decided to add a UPS in front of the power supply to the hub. Since the remaining equipment on that line wasn't disrupted by the sags, no further actions were required. The consultant downloaded a report of the benchmark power quality measurements he'd made and gave it to the facility, who agreed to set up a regular preventive maintenance schedule.

Click here to download the full pdf: Network Hub Failure

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<![CDATA[TE Connectivity to hold annual general meeting of shareholders on March 13, 2019]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postte-connectivity-to-hold-annual-general-meeting-of-shareholders-on-march-13-2019 https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postte-connectivity-to-hold-annual-general-meeting-of-shareholders-on-march-13-2019 Fri, 11 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT

SCHAFFHAUSEN, SwitzerlandJan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) today announced that its 2019 annual general meeting of shareholders (AGM) will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Central European Standard Time (9:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time) at the Park Hyatt Hotel, Zurich, Switzerland. Shareholders who are registered with voting rights in the share register of TE as of the close of business (EST) on February 21, 2019 (the record date) will be entitled to vote on the matters presented at the AGM. Beneficial holders whose shares are held by nominees registered with voting rights in TE's share register on their behalf as of the same time and date will be entitled to instruct nominees to vote on the matters presented at the AGM.

Full details about voting at the AGM are provided in TE's preliminary proxy statement for the AGM, which has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. A Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (Notice) relating to the AGM will be mailed to each shareholder registered in the share register of TE as of the close of business (EST) on January 9, 2019.  Instructions on how to access the proxy materials over the Internet or request a printed set of proxy materials will be provided in the Notice. The Notice also will provide instructions on how to submit a proxy over the Internet or via mail.

A copy of the proxy materials, including a proxy card, also will be sent to any additional shareholders who are registered in our share register as shareholders with voting rights, or who become beneficial owners through a nominee registered in our share register as a shareholder with voting rights, as of the close of business (EST) on February 21, 2019.

Shareholders are urged to read the definitive proxy statement which contains important information.  The company has requested that banks, brokerage firms and other nominees who hold TE shares on behalf of beneficial owners as of the close of business (EST) on January 9, 2019 forward the Notice to those beneficial shareholders and forward the proxy materials, together with a voting instruction card, to any additional beneficial owners who acquire their shares after the close of business (EST) on January 9, 2019 and continue to hold them at the close of business (EST) on February 21, 2019.  In order to vote or give instructions to vote (as applicable) at the AGM, holders of record and beneficial owners who hold shares at the close of business (EST) on or after January 9, 2019 must continue to hold those shares at the close of business (EST) on February 21, 2019.


TE Connectivity Ltd. is a $14 billion global technology and manufacturing leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. For more than 75 years, our connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, have enabled advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With 80,000 employees, including more than 8,000 engineers, working alongside customers in approximately 140 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedInFacebookWeChat and Twitter.



SOURCE TE Connectivity Ltd.

For further information: Media Relations: B.J. Talley, TE Connectivity, 610-893-9553, bj.talley@te.com; Investor Relations: Sujal Shah, TE Connectivity, 610-893-9790, Sujal.shah@te.com

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<![CDATA[Grounding and Bonding Tips for Electric Signs, Isolated Equipment and Cabling [Advice from Electrical Engineering Experts]]]> https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postgrounding-and-bonding-tips-for-electric-signs-isolated-equipment-and-cabling-advice-from-electrical-engineering-experts https://www.colterlec.com.au/news/postgrounding-and-bonding-tips-for-electric-signs-isolated-equipment-and-cabling-advice-from-electrical-engineering-experts Fri, 11 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT When it comes it to electrical safety, grounding and bonding are integral. Across various industries, applications and facility types, grounding and bonding requirements may be different.

In this edition of electrical engineering news and information, we overview how to ground and bond in the following situations:

  • Electric signs and outline lighting
  • Cabling in industrial factories and other facilities integrated with the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • High-end media centers (or any isolated environment)

How to Ground and Bond Electric Signs and Outline Lighting

Safe grounding for outline lighting, electric signs or skeleton lighting entails more than simply connecting the green power ground to the appropriate terminal. An article from EC&M iterates that it requires bonding all metal equipment from these systems to the equipment grounding conductor (EGC).

Article 250 of the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) covers EGC requirements:

  • To specify the EGC type to use, refer to section 250.118.
  • Once the rating of the overcurrent device protecting the circuit conductors supplying the system has been determined, section 250.122 provides the size.
  • Make the EGC connection according to section 250.130, using one of the methods specified in 250.8. 

For more details on how the NEC specifies grounding and bonding for outline lighting and electric signs, read the full article on EC&M.

The Misunderstood Concept of Isolated Grounding

The author of this article, Mark C. Ode, provided a homeowner with the playbook for effectively grounding the high-end media room after he had received conflicting advice.

The audio company engineer had instructed the homeowner to install a “2/0 welding cable from the isolated equipment ground bar in the media room panel to two separated ground rods” located outside of the building. This 1980’s concept had once been proposed in order to isolate high-frequency sensitive equipment from the normal grounding system. But, by creating an isolated ground without a path for fault current to return back to the source, it will not fully clear a fault in one of the circuits by tripping a breaker or blowing a fuse.

In 1990, NEC 250-21 (d) clarified this incorrect assumption by stating “the provisions of this section shall not be considered as permitting electronic equipment being operated on AC systems or branch circuits that are not grounded as required by this Article. Currents that introduce noise or data errors in electronic equipment shall not be considered the objectionable currents addressed in this section.” 

This means that entirely isolating the equipment grounding conductors from the electrical system using two separate ground rods has never been acceptable. To discover what ultimately was recommended and to read a more comprehensive overview of the situation, check out Electrical Contractor.

Grounding and Bonding Requirements for Cabling

IoT emergence means cabling systems are being installed where they were not in previous years. An interview conducted by Cabling Installation & Maintenance with Sam Rodriguez, a senior product manager at a cabinet and thermal-management solution provider, helps define grounding and bonding requirements for cabling in these environments.

When asked about the difference between cabling deployments in data centers compared to other environments, Rodriguez emphasized the control variances. Very few people have access to data centers, while cabinets in industrial environments are at a greater risk to accidents due to activity and related problems (e.g. water or puddling). 

Additionally, grounding system planning is an inherent and integral piece of the data center planning. The same is not always true for other enclosures.

Enclosures can be considered “IT” enclosures or “industrial” enclosures. IT enclosures will typically come with a grounding kit, but industrial enclosures often do not. This increases the knowledge and education an industrial purchaser and installer will need to ensure correct grounding requirements are met. 

As cabling becomes more widely deployed in new environments, new electrical risks emerge. Read the full article on the Cabling Installation & Maintenance to learn more.

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