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Industrial Ethernet Connectors Enabling IIoT
With Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) taking on new dimensions each day, it opens various opportunities in intelligent manufacturing, automation, smart industry optimization, and the creation of new revenue models with a comprehensive goal of industrial digital transformation. This is made possible mainly with the innovations and developments happening in Industrial Ethernet, which has more or less become the de facto communication in modern digitalized manufacturing.
Industrial Ethernet can be simply defined as the Ethernet settings applied to an industrial infrastructure, which typically supports Industry 4.0 by establishing a stable and fast communication between automation sensors, actuators, and other machine controllers within harsh industry environments.
With even more advancements in Industry 4.0 and IIoT, it is essential to improve the network and system performance to catch up with the developments happening in the technology. Only the most advanced Industrial Ethernet connectors and cable assemblies will be able to withstand the high performance demand in harsh conditions like vibration, liquids, dust and chemicals ingress, and electromagnetic interference. Amphenol has been a pioneer in introducing some of the highly efficient industrial Ethernet solutions with the capacity to adapt to the rising demands. Learn more about our Industrial Ethernet solutions.
ix Industrial™ Connectors
ix Industrial™ connectors are Cat 6A connectors (10GBASE-T) that enable IoT connectivity for industrial protocols like Ethernet from sensors/actuators at the factory floor to the Enterprise/Cloud. These are PoE-capable, provide data performance and superior EMI protection with 360° shielding through the mated pair. Complying to IEC 61076-3-124 standard, these connectors define a 10-way, shielded, free and fixed interface for data transmission up to 500MHz with a current capacity of 1.5A per pin, and support 4 pair Ethernet.
These 10mm pitch connectors are just 25% of the size of an RJ45 connector, at the same time provides greater port density and mating security. With a high data rate performance for 10G Ethernet, this industrial Ethernet solution supports Ethernet/IP as well as common protocols including Profinet, DeviceNet, EtherCAT, Modbus, and others.
Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) Connectors
Single Pair Ethernet from Amphenol narrows down the earlier two or four pairs of cables to just a single pair, saving space, and enabling a comprehensive and cost-effective array of standardized communication protocols. The SPE connectors support next generation of automation technologies like IIoT and Industry 4.0 by providing direct Ethernet connectivity to peripheral devices like sensors, actuators, and vision system cameras that operate at speeds up to 1Gb/s. These connectors can extend up to 1000 meters with PoDL (Power over Data Link) capability, and rely on the existing architectures, guaranteeing enhanced flexibility.
These IEC63171-6 compliant industrial Ethernet connectors are mechanically robust and feature secure latching with 360° shielding for excellent performance in harsh environments. Amphenol’s SPE connectors are compatible with other SPE Industrial partner network products and can provide innovative flexible solutions for unique applications.
Boltrack™ connectors are industrial Ethernet solutions that promote signal and PoE++ transmission over Cat 5e and Cat 6 cables in a wide range of datacom and industrial applications. With provision for four additional contacts within a small form factor, these Ethernet connectors provide double the density of RJ45 and the dual-beam plug contacts provide electrical reliability preventing arcing damage. High power delivery capability, resistivity to surge voltage up to 2,500V, wraparound shields, LED option and high-temperature resin make these waterproof connectors ideal for a wide range of industrial applications.
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