TE Connectivity is showcasing its Hybrid Connectivity Solutions at SPS/ IPC/DRIVES
Both the Power4Net and the Motorman hybrid connectors integrate several functions into a single compactly designed connector.
The flexible Power4Net hybrid connector has space for up to eight power and four Ethernet contacts – or even for twelve power contacts by changing the insert – and has been designed for machine automation applications that require high data transmission security and power of up to 10 Amps. The Motorman hybrid connector goes even further and features two fast Ethernet interfaces, five power sockets (three AC and two DC), five signal sockets and one protection earth-contact. Both connectors provide reliable connection technology and meet the demanding durability, safety and quality requirements of real-time Ethernet applications in industrial automation.
Combining power supply connectivity, plus Ethernet and/or signal into a single cable and connector significantly reduces cabling complexity and costs while providing flexibility in machine architecture. The Power4Net and Motorman hybrid connectors from TE also reduce installation time, as only one cable providing multiple functions needs to be installed per motor.
Designed with the Customer in Mind
The Power4Net hybrid connector complies with the VARAN -bus standard, a real-time Industrial Ethernet protocol used in industrial automation. It is especially suitable for use in the moulding industry, as it enables quicker change-over time for moulds, reducing installation time by up to 50 per- cent as fewer cables and connectors have to be installed. It also helps to increase safety with real-time communication and data repeat in the event of data loss via the VARAN standard. In addition, it creates a flexible network by com- bining star, line or tree network and modular machine structures.
The Motorman hybrid connector is designed for applica- tions that use decentralized servo motors connected via a deterministic system. Applications include I/O connector on decentralized servo motors or AC servo motors with PCB and drives (amplifiers) for use in industries such as packag- ing, assembly or food processing machines. Motorman is particularly suitable for use in consumer-goods industries as it allows the production line operator to decentralize the production process easily. Machine architectures can be more flexibly arranged, resulting in cost and electricity savings.
New Industrial Ethernet 10 GB M12 Connector System from TE Connectivity
To support industry requirements for high-speed cabling and interconnect systems, TE Connectivity has developed a new generation of its Industrial Ethernet M12 connector system for industrial applications, allowing data rates up to 10 Gb/s.
The connector system consists of various cable assembly and PBC header types in a standard industrial circular format. Its eight contact system makes it suitable for both high-speed data applications and powerplus-Ethernet applications. The Industrial Ethernet 10 Gb M12 connector system provides users with a future-proof interface, allow- ing them a smooth transition to higher bandwidth transmission to meet the requirements of today‘s 100 Mb/s and 1 Gb/s systems and the expected 10 Gb/s needed in the future. This means that the product will not need requalification or exchange for approximately the next five years.
Applications requiring greater bandwidth and higher data transmission speeds continue to proliferate throughout the industrial environment. High speed uplinks for Ethernet switches, distributed, real-time motion control systems with demanding jitter and timing requirements, as well as machine vision applications based on standard IEEE 802.3 Gigabit Ethernet all require cabling and interconnect systems that support higher speed requirements.
―In the industrial and harsh commercial space, customer choices for copper-based solutions include encapsulated RJ45 connectors and M12 systems. Some M12 systems limit customer choice to 4-circuit, 2-pair cabling solutions, or 8-circuit solutions in a 4-pair shielded twisted pair only solution. TE‘s new Industrial Ethernet 10 Gb M12 connector system enables our customers to future-proof their applications, supporting bandwidths of up to 10Gb over a single interconnect. In addition, the system supports a variety of cabling choices with performance categories from Cat5e though Cat6A utilizing shielded, and also unshielded twisted pair varieties, if a more cost-efficient solution is required,‖ says Kevin McGonigle, Industry Manager for Industrial Data Communications at TE.
Typical applications for the Industrial Ethernet 10 Gb M12 connector include:
• Industrial automation - bandwidth needs are increasing because of real - t ime machine cont rol . • Machine vision - industrial production processes require the analysis of thousands of data points and related high- speed file transmission supporting complex quality control, requi r ing high data t ransmission rates. • Industrial control applications - the rapid spread of Ethernet-enabled field devices, coupled with the decentrali- zation of more complex machine control systems require systems that can support the greater bandwidth and faster backhaul needed to quickly and efficiently process critical data.
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