April 28, 2008 -- Weidnuller has introduced a series of industrial Ethernet connectors designed to withstand the demands of robust environments. Featuring the company's STEADYTEC technology, the line of plug-in connectors is 10 Gigabit-capable and provides universal IP 67 performance for copper and fiber-optic cabling across all Ethernet standards.
The connectors are modular in their design, offering a variety of materials and connection options for installation and application flexibility. Plug housings and bulkhead housings are available in Ethernet/IP, Ethernet TCP/IP and PROFINET versions. Each version is sealed to withstand extreme environmental conditions and is IP 67 rated.
The STEADYTEC cable pass-through design accepts shielded cables up to AWG 22 and allows 8-wire cables to be used. The design allows for 10-Gigabit performance and PROFINET support. Housings and bulkheads are available in die cast zinc, polyamide plastic, and Weidmuller's RockStar heavy duty connector housings, which are made of die-cast aluminum.
Fiber-optic inserts include SC simplex and LC duplex versions for the Ethernet/IP and Ethernet TCP/IP plug and bulkhead housings. These inserts include a special Kevlar crimping option for added strain relief for fiber-optic cables. Their die-cast zinc construction makes them suitable for industrial applications.
The STEADYTEC line also includes field-installable RJ45 connectors which meet all Ethernet standards, support 10-Gigabit speeds, and require no tools for installation. In addition, notes the company, the RJ45 connectors have UL approvals, are among the smallest size available in the market, and may reduce wire termination time by up to 80%.