Binder extends M12 product portfolio as industry 4.0 advances

Binder is supplementing its M12 connectors for automation. The signals, data, and electrical power M12-type connectors support automation technology to achieve efficient, flexible and error-free installation, said the company.

Additions across the board apply to basic sensor/actuator cabling to industrial measurement and control technology as well as industrial Ethernet to autonomous robots or cobots and based on the requirements of the M12-relevant DIN EN IEC 61076-2 standard. As well as the drive for increased automation as part of industry 4.0, the additions also follow the trend of miniaturisation, variability in use and cost efficiency, said binder.

Like all M12 series from binder, the new addition meet at least IP67 protection. There are several shielded or shieldable versions available for electromagnetically loaded industrial environments.

For 2023, binder has announced further new developments in push-pull locking and M12 one-cable solutions.

Depending on the coding and design, M12 connectors can transmit signals, data, and, if required, electrical power between field devices, such as sensors, controllers, or drives and other network nodes. On the one hand, they are able to handle the high data rates of modern Ethernet networks but can also supply components such as drives with high power levels. To optimise available installation space, it is advantageous to transmit data and electrical power via one and the same connector, advised binder. Such hybrid solutions are becoming increasingly attractive, but are particularly demanding in their technical implementation.

The A coding (application area: sensors, DC power) is available with three, four, five, eight and 12 pins. The B (Profibus), D (100 Mbit Ethernet) and X (10 Gbit Ethernet) codings with four and eight pins, respectively, are suitable for data transmission at different transfer rates.

In the case of power supply, for example for AC drives and frequency converters, S and K (up to 630V AC at up to 16A) and, for example for DC drives or LED lighting, T and L (up to 63V DC at up to 16A) apply.

All M12 connectors provide minimum IP67 protection against dust and water ingress. Special variants are also available in IP68 and IP69K for hygienically demanding applications.

Versions with special termination such as crimping or wire clamp technology are suitable for applications with vibrations while others are suitable for outdoor use and, for example, resistant to UV radiation. Depending on the application field, metal, plastic or stainless steel housings are used.

For device supply with 63V DC at up to 16A, binder has expanded its M12 portfolio by panel mount connectors with L-coding and dip solder contacts. The space-saving 823 series products are suitable for manual, wave, and reflow soldering on printed circuit boards. Protected to IP68 when mated, they are designed for both front and rear panel mounting. The two-piece design helps to eliminate potential failure sources, with the mounting body soldered to the PCB and the flange housing attached directly to the device. This configuration allows soldering to be done without the housing, which in turn can be mounted without disturbing the solder joints.

Single-core wiring is no longer necessary with ready-to-connect cables offered by binder. The pre-assembled, over-moulded products which have already been tested in accordance with DIN EN IEC 61076-2, significantly reduce the installation and cabling effort, said binder. Its ready-to-connect cables include straight and angled products, as well as products moulded on one or both sides, with various codings and in different cable qualities are available with three to 12 pins.

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