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Q:
What new technologies are influencing terminal block design?
17 answers
Answers:
In the instrumentation field, Electronic marshalling is getting more attention as it reduces the larger effort on the engineering, wiring scheduling and factory build work. Compact TB's with electronic circuit which then get connected (VIA the rail) to a central CPU/Controller to electronically marshal the signal terminated to the DCS/PLC IO's using Rippon cables will bring down the engineering time and build effort tremendously.
~Engineering, Design, Chennai, India
In lighting : breakthrough of LED - smaller sections
~Ed B, Design Engineer, Antwerp, Belgium
Depend of application of IEC Standard 947-7-1
~Jozef M, General Management, Maribor, Slovenia
PLC Wiring, Communication systems, Data Ack.
~Fred D, Design Engineer, Pictou, Canada
Technology of covering of contact surfaces
~Isay G, Reliability Lab supervisor, Bber Sheva, Israel
Compact design and spring cage /screwless.
~Amarpal Singh Oberoi O, Research & Development, PUNE, INDIA
Compact size and spring loaded terminals.
~Quality Control, KITCHENER, Canada
Fast and efficient installation and test
~Dave G, Engineer, Falmouth Cornwall, UK
Foundation Fieldbus, ASi, Barriers
~Other, Baton Rouge, LA
As per customers requirements
~Marketing/Sales, Aspen, CO
Switchboard CAD design.
~Martin Novak, Design Engineer, Brno, Czech republic
PLC's & microprocessors
~Engineering, Other, Banjul, Gambia
Advanced manufacturing
~Larry K, Faculty/Staff, Amherst, MA
LATEST DESIGN
~RAMESH SOBHANI, Manufacturer, MUMBAI, INDIA
Control panel
~Technical Support/Services, Puertu Princessa, Philippines
Spring cage
~Geoff H, Builder/Contractor, Warkworth, New Zealand
Cage clamp
~Bob E., Purchaser, Bridgeview, IL

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Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative terminal blocks?
17 answers
Answers:
Honestly I feel every company puts their due effort on innovation.
~Engineering, Design, Chennai, India
Weidmuller, Rockwell Automation, Wiedland, Allen-Bradley
~Fred D, Design Engineer, Pictou, Canada
I can not determine the best company.
~Isay G, Reliability Lab supervisor, Bber Sheva, Israel
Wago, Wiedmuller, Phoenix contacts
~Amarpal Singh Oberoi O, Research & Development, PUNE, INDIA
Allen Bradely and Weidmuller.
~Quality Control, KITCHENER, Canada
Netec Industries Pty. Ltd.
~Marketing/Sales, Aspen, CO
Weidmuller, Allen Bradley
~Other, Baton Rouge, LA
DEGSON , SM ELECTRIC
~RAMESH SOBHANI, Manufacturer, MUMBAI, INDIA
Wago - BJB - Wieland
~Ed B, Design Engineer, Antwerp, Belgium
ABB terminal blocks
~Larry K, Faculty/Staff, Amherst, MA
Wago, Weidmuller,
~Martin Novak, Design Engineer, Brno, Czech republic
Pheonix, Wiemull
~Electrical Engineer, Engineer, Geelong, Australia
Wago, Phoenix?
~Jozef M, General Management, Maribor, Slovenia
Hager and MK.
~Dave G, Engineer, Falmouth Cornwall, UK
Weidmuller
~Bob E., Purchaser, Bridgeview, IL
Phoenix
~Daniel D, Production Engineer, La Pocatiere, Canada
Wago
~Geoff H, Builder/Contractor, Warkworth, New Zealand

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