Phoenix Contact: Customer technology center opens in Houston

Phoenix Contact opened its new Customer Technology Center in Houston on May 2, a move said to bring the company closer to its customers, especially those in the process control and energy industries. Top company officials from the U.S. and Germany held a news conference and hosted tours to mark the opening of the 15,000 sq ft CTC.

06/01/2007


Phoenix Contact opened its new Customer Technology Center in Houston on May 2, a move said to bring the company closer to its customers, especially those in the process control and energy industries. Top company officials from the U.S. and Germany held a news conference and hosted tours to mark the opening of the 15,000 sq ft CTC.

The CTC features a demonstration room, training facility, and application lab, as well as offices and small warehouse. Jack Nehlig, president of Phoenix Contact USA, stated, “In recent years, U.S. manufacturing has dramatically rebounded, particularly in the process industries. Phoenix Contact has a long history of serving process customers, and we are a significant player in these growth markets. Our new technology center underscores our commitment to these customers.”

Company officials said globalization requires getting closer to customers. Frank Stührenberg, senior vice president of global sales, Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, said, “Houston, Texas, is the epicenter of the oil and gas industry not just in the United States, but throughout the world. It is critical to have a major presence in Houston to bring us closer to our many customers in this industry.”

Roland Bent, senior VP of marketing and development, Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, noted, “Phoenix Contact has developed many products to meet the rigorous demands of the oil and gas marketplace. Our recent advancements in wireless, Ethernet, Foundation Fieldbus, and products for hazardous locations have been well received.”

Scott McLendon, VP and general manager, Phoenix Contact USA, says designers, engineers, and decision makers are encouraged to visit frequently, “to work in our application lab to solve real world problems, utilize our demo facility and training center to learn about new products and technologies, and draw upon a wealth of local expertise to help work through applications.”

Phoenix Contact USA, located in Middletown, PA, is a subsidiary of Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG of Blomberg, Germany, which operates 40 subsidiaries and employs more than 8,400 people around the world. The company describes itself as a world leader in electrical connection, electronic interface, and industrial automation technologies. The company’s Integrated Management Systems include a formal Quality, Environmental, and Safety program that meets ISO requirements.

www.phoenixcon.com





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Learn how to create value with re-use; gain productivity with lean automation and connectivity, and optimize panel design and construction.
Go deep: Automation tackles offshore oil challenges; Ethernet advice; Wireless robotics; Product exclusives; Digital edition exclusives
Lost in the gray scale? How to get effective HMIs; Best practices: Integrate old and new wireless systems; Smart software, networks; Service provider certifications
Fixing PID: Part 2: Tweaking controller strategy; Machine safety networks; Salary survey and career advice; Smart I/O architecture; Product exclusives
The Ask Control Engineering blog covers all aspects of automation, including motors, drives, sensors, motion control, machine control, and embedded systems.
Look at the basics of industrial wireless technologies, wireless concepts, wireless standards, and wireless best practices with Daniel E. Capano of Diversified Technical Services Inc.
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
This is a blog from the trenches – written by engineers who are implementing and upgrading control systems every day across every industry.
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Control Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.