Wash-down connectors suit stringent, high temp industrial Ethernet locations

Belden's new Lumberg Automation wash-down connectors off functional reliability even at high temperatures and where high-pressure cleaners are used.

Belden has launched the new Lumberg Automation brand wash-down connectors. Optionally available as single-ended or double-ended actuator/sensor cord sets, these connectors come with an M8 or M12 thread and a hexagonal stainless steel coupling nut. Other features include gold-plated crimp contacts, high shock and vibration resistance, and simple installation. The wash-down connectors guarantee reliable data transmission even under harsh environmental conditions to keep equipment up and running.

Resistant to aggressive chemicals and cleaning agents, the connectors have an operating temperature range of -40 to +105°C. They also satisfy the IP67, IP68 and IP69K requirements for ingress protection. As a result they can be high-pressure cleaned, and are therefore ideally suited for use in areas where stringent rules of hygiene apply (i.e. in the food and beverage sector, chemical and pharmaceutical industries).

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Connectors are available in 3-, 4-, 5-, or 8-pole versions (M8 3 or 4 poles) with a contact resistance ≤ 5 milliohms. Nominal current, rated voltage and rated impulse voltage are in accordance to DIN EN 61076-2-101 and DIN EN 61076-2-104. Insulation resistance is > 109 ohms. Available in a cream-white color, the connectors have compact polypropylene housings. The seal of quality by ECOLAB attests to the suitability of the connectors for mission-critical signal transmissions in wash-down applications. By combining standardized M8/M12 connection technology with an extremely robust design in the new wash-down series, Belden says it has added innovative new capability to its Lumberg Automation brand.

"These connectors ensure a high level of operational reliability at all times and even in the most demanding applications," comments Belden's Lumberg Automation product manager Fabian Seymer. "They are also easy to install."

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