4Mounting hardware



For basic information on the Axioline F system and its installation, particularly mounting/removing Axioline F modules, please refer to the UM EN AXL F SYS INST user manual (“Axioline F: system and installation”).

4.1Safety notes



NOTE: Electrostatic discharge

The device contains components that can be damaged or destroyed by electrostatic discharge. When handling the device, observe the necessary safety precautions against electrostatic discharge (ESD) in accordance with EN 61340-5-1 and IEC 61340-5-1.




NOTE: Electrical damage due to inadequate external protection – No safe fuse tripping in the event of an error

The electronics in the device will be damaged due to inadequate external protection.

Protect the supply voltage externally in accordance with the connected load (number of Axioline F devices / amount of logic current consumption for each device).

Ensure the external fuse trips reliably in the event of an error.




NOTE: Damage to the contacts when tilting

Tilting the modules can damage the contacts.

Place the modules onto the DIN rail vertically (see Figure 4-1).




Please note:

During any work on the Axioline F station, the controller or a module, switch off the power supply to the Axioline F station and make sure the supply voltage is protected against unauthorized re-activation.




The controller is automatically grounded (FE) when it is snapped onto a grounded DIN rail.

There are two FE springs on the back of the controller that make contact with the DIN rail when the controller is placed on the DIN rail.




Figure 4-1 Placing the module vertically


Mounting location

The controller meets the requirements for the IP20 degree of protection. The compact design means that the controller can be installed in standard terminal boxes.

Mounting / DIN rail

The controller is mounted on a 35 mm standard DIN rail without any tools using the bus base module. The controller is mounted perpendicular to the DIN rail.
The local bus is created automatically when the bus base modules of the controller and Axioline F devices are installed next to one another.    



Observe the notes on securing the DIN rail and fastening elements as well as the notes on mounting distances in the UM EN AXL F SYS INST user manual.

Supply plug

The controller has a supply plug for connecting the power supply. The plug has spring-cage terminal blocks. With suitable conductors, the conductor can be connected using direct connection technology (PT = push-in technology).    



For additional information, please refer to Section 5.1.2.


FE connection

There are two FE springs (metal contacts) on the bottom of the controller which establish the connection to the functional ground when the controller is snapped onto a grounded DIN rail.

End brackets

Mount end brackets on both sides of the Axioline F station. The end brackets ensure that the Axioline F station is correctly mounted. End brackets secure the station on both sides and keep it from moving from side to side on the DIN rail. Phoenix Contact recommends the following end brackets:

Table 4-1 Recommended end brackets

Mounting position

Ambient conditions

End bracket

Horizontal; A in Horizontal (A) and vertical (B) mounting position:



High shock and vibration load

E/AL-NS 35

Other; B in Horizontal (A) and vertical (B) mounting position


E/AL-NS 35

High shock and vibration load

Mounting position

As standard, mount the controller in a horizontal position on the DIN rail provided for that purpose (A in Figure 4-2).



Figure 4-2 Horizontal (A) and vertical (B) mounting position

Note the ambient temperatures and any other special features (e.g. derating) specified in the device/module-specific documentation for the Axioline F devices.

4.3Structure of an Axioline F station

Figure 4-3 shows an example structure of an Axioline F station:



Figure 4-3 Structure of an Axioline F station


1DIN rail

2End bracket (e.g. CLIPFIX 35-5; Order No. 3022276)


4I/O modules (Axioline F devices) corresponding to the application

5Bus base module

An Axioline F station is set up by mounting the individual components side by side. No tools are required. Mounting the components side by side automatically creates potential and bus signal connections between the individual components of the Axioline F station.

4.4Structure of a PLCnext Inline station

As an alternative to an Axioline F station, you can set up a PLCnext Inline station using the controller (starting from firmware version 1.2). To do so, you need the AXC F IL ADAPT Inline adapter terminal (Order No. 1020304). You can directly install the Inline modules in series on the Inline adapter terminal.



Figure 4-4 Structure of a PLCnext Inline station

1End bracket (e.g. CLIPFIX 35-5, Order No. 3022276)

2Controller (starting from firmware version 1.2)

3Inline adapter terminal

4Inline terminals corresponding to the application

5End plate (snap it onto the DIN rail as station end)



For mounting information, please refer to the packing slip and the data sheet of the Inline adapter terminal. The documents can be downloaded at phoenixcontact.net/product/1020304.




For INTERBUS configuration and communication, different functions blocks are available in PC Worx Engineer.
For more detailed information, please refer to the online help for PC Worx Engineer.

For more detailed information on PCP and INTERBUS services, please refer to the follow­ing user manuals: “Peripherals Communication Protocol (PCP)” (IBS SYS PCP G4 UM E), “Firmware Services and Error Messages” (IBS SYS FW G4 UM E), and “For diagnos­tics in Generation 4 controller boards” (IBS SYS DIAG DSC UM E).
The documents can be downloaded at phoenixcontact.net/product/1020304.

4.5Mounting the controller

Disconnect the Axioline F station from the power supply.

Mount the left end bracket on the Axioline F station.

Mounting bus base modules

First install the bus base module for the controller and then all bus base modules necessary for the Axioline F station on the DIN rail (A in Figure 4-5).

Push each subsequent bus base module into the connection of the previous bus base module (B in Figure 4-5).



Figure 4-5 Mounting the bus base modules

Snapping the controller into place

Push the controller vertically on the first bus base module until it snaps into place audibly.

When doing so, ensure that the device plug for the bus base connection is situated above the corresponding socket on the bus base module.



Figure 4-6 Snapping the controller into place

4.6Inserting the SD card



NOTE: Damage to the SD card after formatting

The SD card is already formatted (ext4 format) and is intended for use with Phoenix Contact controllers from the PLCnext Control product range. If you format the SD card, certain information on the SD card that is required for use with Phoenix Contact devices will be lost. After formatting, you can no longer use the SD card to operate the controller.

Ensure that the SD card is not formatted.

If you would like to delete the overlay filesystem from the SD card:
Ensure that you only delete the "upperdir" and "work" directories, and do not format the SD card.




The SD card is recognized during the initialization phase of the controller. If you insert the SD card during operation, the SD card will not be recognized.

Ensure that the SD card has been inserted before switching the controller on, in order that the controller can use it.

Only insert and remove the SD card when the controller supply voltage is disconnected.
Refer to Diagnostics and status indicators for the LED blink codes in the event of unauthorized removal of the SD card during operation.

Only use an SD card provided by Phoenix Contact, see Ordering data.




The SD card is optional and not supplied as standard with the controller.

Please refer to the ordering data in Ordering data.


Disconnect the Axioline F station from the power supply.

The controller has an SD card holder with push/push technology.

Remove the upper marking field of the controller (pos. 1 in Figure 4-7).



Figure 4-7 Removing the marking field

Gently push the SD card into the SD card holder (pos. 2 in Figure 4-7) until it engages with a click in the SD card holder (see Figure 4-8, “Click”).



Figure 4-8 Inserting the SD card