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Number of contacts
This indicates the number of contacts the connector has.
Locking Type
The locking system describes how the pin and socket elements are joined.
  • M12 The connectors can be screwed together to secure the connection. M stands for metric thread and the number stands for the external diameter.
  • M8 The connectors can be screwed together to secure the connection. M stands for metric thread and the number stands for the external diameter.
Degree of protection
The degrees of protection according to IEC60529 apply to various articles and provide information on protection against the intrusion of water and solids such as dust.
  • IP65 Fully protects against touch and against the intrusion of dust. Protects against sprayed water (jet) from any angle.
  • IP67 Fully protects against touch and against the intrusion of dust. Protects against water intrusion in temporary immersion (depth: 1 m; duration: 30 minutes).
  • IP68 Fully protects against touch and against the intrusion of dust. Protects against water intrusion in sustained submersion (depth: 2 m; duration: 24 hours), requirements specification by agreement between producer and user.
  • IP68/IP69K <u>IP68:</u> Fully protects against touch. Protects against the intrusion of dust. Protects against water intrusion in sustained immersion (depth: 2 m; duration: 24 hours), requirements specification by agreement between producer and user.<br/><br/><u>IP69K:</u> Fully protects against touch. Protects against the intrusion of dust. Protects against water intrusion under high pressure (8,000–10,000 kPa) from a jet or from steam-jet cleaning from any direction.
  • IP69K Fully protects against touch and against the intrusion of dust. Protects against water intrusion under high pressure (8,000–10,000 kPa) from a jet or from steam-jet cleaning from any direction.
Version
The choice of version allows the definition of certain technical specifications – for example the type of cable outlet or the size.
  • Connecting cable Connecting cable in various pin and socket versions.
  • Distributor In distributors, an input current or signal is distributed over multiple outlets according to a particular wiring logic. The locking system/termination for the input may differ from that for the outlet.
Connector Type
Connectors are differentiated by installation type: those that are mounted in a device housing (panel mount) and those that are attached to cables.
  • Cable mounting Connectors with cable already moulded or for self-assembly.
  • Housing assembly Connectors that can be mounted to device housings. These can be fixed by means of a locking nut or be screwed in (requires a threaded hole).
Shielded Option
Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) means that a connector is shielded or shieldable. This is required when it is necessary to protect the signals or data conducted by the connector, as well as to protect external devices, from disturbance due to electromagnetic effects.
Product segment
binder areas of application or type of connector.
  • Automation Technology Advancing digitisation and current manufacturing technologies make possible ever smaller and more high-performance elements in the areas of sensor technology and networking. Here, sensor technology means the detection of physical values and their conversion into electric values. These electric values are converted into a digital signal that can be transmitted by means of bus communication to other bus devices. This will make automated production more modular and flexible in the future, with a preference for standardised connectors like the models M8 and M12. The worldwide availability of the connectors and their adaptation to a broad range of applications have already led to numerous versions, e.g. codings.
Coding
To avoid mismating, the connector elements – the pin and socket – must be brought into form-fitting alignment with one another (coding) before being locked.
  • M12-A This coding has existed since M12 connectors began their rise to prevalence. Its standardised size in accordance with DIN EN 61076-2-101, with 4, 5, 8, 12 or 17 contacts, allows numerous possible applications, from power supply to data transmission.
Termination
The termination type determines how cables, single wires or PCBs can be joined with the connector.
  • pluggable Adapters or distributors that are joined with a connector on each side. The version and locking system may vary for the different terminations.

Connecting cables for automation technology

Complementing the wide range of cable and flange connectors, connecting cables with screw locking are available in IP67/68 and IP69K to precisely meet customer requirements. The cable length can be 1m or 2m as standard. To extend the range of applications and enable flexible signal distribution, we offer M8x1 and M12x1 duo connectors moulded onto the cable as well as M8 and M12 compatible two-way distributors.

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