Automated electronic systems are a key part of today’s smart motorway technology, playing a vital role in keeping us safe and on the move. At Hitaltech, we supply a wide range of products, providing perfect interconnect solutions to IoT challenges in the transport industry. In this article, we’re looking at the importance of screwless terminal blocks and how they facilitate the connectivity of transport IoT. Read on to find out more about the advantages of screwless terminal blocks in transport IoT, and see our range of products and services to suit your needs.
Internet of Things (IoT)
The IoT or the ‘Internet of Things’ is a system of web-enabled devices, like sensors and processors, that collect and share data and perform tasks based on that data. The IoT is key to the automation of many processes, making our lives easier and less complicated. They can also utilise AI and machine learning to improve the systems they operate in.
The IoT helps millions of processes work efficiently and smartly with little or no human intervention. It helps systems and businesses improve and also helps to reduce costs and mitigate human error.
Screwless terminal blocks
Terminal blocks provide a safe and effective method of electrical power distribution by grounding, isolating, and protecting the other components in a circuit. They are able to handle high levels of voltage without any issues with safety.
However, in some environments, screw terminal blocks are not the best option. They require more time and skill to install, requiring tools and technicians are needed and they aren’t as suited to smaller, more intricate applications.
In addition to this, movement and vibration can cause screws to come loose, thus breaking the connection and rendering the circuit incomplete. This can cause loss of valuable data or breakdown of important safety systems, especially in the transport industry where movement and vibration are prevalent everywhere.
Screwless terminal blocks significantly reduce wiring and installation time due to the fact that no specialist tools are required. They also solve the issue of installing intricate and hard-to-reach systems.
Screwless terminal blocks connect multiple wires by pressing a lever whilst still providing a reliable and safe connection. This means that they can better withstand the vibration caused in transport applications, without the need for re-tightening.
IOT in transport: keeping everything moving
Vehicles travelling at high speeds, traffic control systems, road and motorway signage, intelligent streetlights; there are a lot of electronic systems at work and transport IoT lies at the heart of keeping it all safe and effective. Some examples of IoT at work, and where Hitaltech’s screwless terminal block and flexible interconnect systems can be deployed are:
Traffic Management Systems
A huge part of the transport industry, these systems cover things like CCTV and traffic lights. They’re crucial for keeping road users safe and on the move. They collect enormous amounts of data that needs to be processed and protected. As such, connection failures could result in massive data loss with drastic consequences.
Automated Ticketing Machines
For things like toll roads and car parks, automation keeps traffic flowing without the need for human input. Using screwless terminal blocks in this type of application gives you the peace of mind that everything will stay connected, 24 hours a day.
For businesses needing to monitor or track their fleet of vehicles, transport IoT plays an important role. Real-time data is sent from vehicles providing a huge range of data to improve safety and productivity.
Industrial Control Systems
The transport industry employs industrial control systems, including supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, to manage processes accurately. This includes smart motorway technology and controlling rail tracks. Screwless terminal blocks are well-suited to this task due to their dependability and resistance to vibration.
Buy screwless terminal blocks at Hitaltech
At Hitaltech, we have a complete range of screwless terminal blocks across a range of pitches. We also supply a range of compatible components, such as flexible interconnect systems and PCB mounting headers. All of which are UL approved.
As we strive to provide the products best suited to each individual application, most of our screwless terminal blocks are available in a wide range of colours, with custom and standard markings available.
You can see our range here. If you have any questions about our screwless pluggable terminals, get in touch with a member of our team today.