Cables are future-proofed for Industry 4.0 upgrades

New equipment to support Industry 4.0 has been announced by Harting. The company’s range of robust connectors support Industry 4.0 and provide an installer user-friendly termination design option for the data lifeline. The preLink assembly concept is available in industry standard M12 and RJ45 connector styles.

To integrate smart factory solutions into an existing factory automation control system and its associated cabling infrastructure,  preLink allows systems integrators/installers to achieve seamless data cabling integration through simple and repeatable, installer friendly assembly design principle, claims the company. This requires no additional skills or training and allows greater installation flexibility, saving time to minimise installation cost.

The design is based around using a one-step double-jaw, hand press-assembly tool, terminating individual wires within an IDC terminal block.  The terminated module can then be simply loaded into either an RJ45 (male or female) or M12 male connector carrier and then parts click together to complete an assembly.

It also permits future site cabling modification upgrades at minimal cost. The low cost plastic IDC terminal block modules can easily be removed from the reusable connector carriers and placed into new connectors.  It also supports Fast, Gbit and 10Gbit Ethernet in both RJ45 and M12 style connectors.

For RJ45 connections, the company offers preLink Extenders for simple cabling extensions, maximising installed flexibility, says the company. Where installations allow pre-defined cabling lengths, there are pre-terminated end-to-end preLink terminal block patch leads.  These can be very fed through trunking-runs in tight, difficult spaces before being quickly hand inserted into appropriate connector carrier-ends, alleviating time-consuming field assembly cabling.


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