Ashleigh Camp, a Digital Marketing Specialist at Phoenix Contact Ltd, offers her views on marking.
Marking, it's boring right? You know the things, little plastic labels that you clip onto terminals, shrink onto cables and stick on MCBs; it takes ages doesn't it? (Especially if you are writing them by hand.) I get it though; compared to everything else in the machine build, they don't do anything clever, you can't wire them, plus they don't have any flashing lights. They're just labels. But in all seriousness, one of the reasons for them is safety and fault-finding which puts them a few places higher up in the league table.
So with that said, how can we make the tedious job of marking quicker and easier? Well, the answer is definitely Phoenix Contact (I would say that though, as I work for them). But again, in all seriousness, at Phoenix Contact the boundaries are being pushed and some serious investment has been made to make it a premier supplier when it comes to marking. All this with one goal in mind: to make engineers' and installers' lives easier when it comes to that dreaded job of marking.
Now I can hear you asking 'how?' Well it's thanks to many things Phoenix Contact has developed over the past few years starting with the Project Complete software. This software is what you would use to design your markers; it links directly with Eplan. With just a click of a button, Eplan will export all your labels onto Project Complete, where all you need to do is print. Let's not forget about our old friend Excel too, of course, which you can also export from.
Next up to make your life even easier is the fastest-selling marking system Thermomark Prime (see right). This can print any label you need for your machine (within reason, of course) and, what's more, you don't necessarily need to use your PC to operate it because it has a tablet-based system on the device allowing you to print right at your machine. It also holds a charge too, so no power needed either. You've got to see this device to appreciate it, it is awesome!
Phoenix Contact has also developed apps for iOS and Android. The iOS version allows you to scan Phoenix Contact products to find the right marking material and it links you straight to the Eshop to purchase it. On the Android version you can do the same, but you can also create your marking files on the app and transfer them by Bluetooth to your printer. Who doesn't love a bit of Bluetooth?
Phoenix Contact is stamping its collective foot in digitalization further by installing tablet operating systems on all current and new marking systems, making them smarter, quicker and easier to use.
Additionally, Phoenix Contact is offering one of, if not the largest marking offering worldwide currently. Whatever your requirements, it is very likely Phoenix Contact can meet them with over 10 different marking systems to offer.
So OK, historically marking is a bit of a boring job, but now with Phoenix Contact on the scene, there is some clever tech you can play with to make the job more interesting and, most importantly, make it smarter, faster and easier.
Follow the link to learn more about the exciting marking technologies and systems availabel from Phoenix Contact.