Phoenix Contact Upgrades Fiber-Optic Media Converter Line

For release: February 2007

Phoenix Contact Upgrades Fiber-Optic Media Converter Line

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — Phoenix Contact announces two changes to its PSI-MOS fiber-optic media converters, making the line suitable for a wider variety of industries.

The company has introduced two new PSI-MOS Profibus Fiber-Optic converters with conformal-coated Printed Circuit Boards. The converters were designed primarily for use in the shipbuilding and marine industries, which commonly use the Profibus protocol, and where saltwater environments can lead to corrosion of the PCBs. Conformal coating gives added protection from salt water, as well as moisture, dust and other corrosives commonly found in industrial environments.

In addition, all of the company’s copper to fiber-optic media converters are now approved for use in UL Class 1, Division 2, hazardous locations. Class 1, Div. 2 areas are locations where volatile flammable materials are normally found and contained, but the area can become hazardous through abnormal conditions. These locations are commonly found in the petroleum, chemical, pharmaceutical and water/wastewater industries.

Phoenix Contact is a leader in electrical connection, electronic interface and industrial automation technologies. Phoenix Contact USA, located in Middletown, Pa., is a subsidiary of Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG of Blomberg, Germany. The company operates 40 subsidiaries and employs more than 7,472 people around the world. Our Integrated Management Systems include a formal Quality, Environmental and Safety program that meets International Standards Organization’s (ISO) requirements (ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:1999).

For more information on PSI-MOS media converters or other Phoenix Contact products, visit, or call the Phoenix Contact Technical Service Department at 1-800-322-3225, e-mail