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Steadytec Technology from Tennco

Steadytec Technology from Tennco
24/10/2007

Weidmüller’s IE-Line variant 4 housing – compact, reliable and future-proof. Universal connection concept for copper and fibre-optic cables supporting transmission rates up to 10 Gbit.

In rolling out its IE-Line of connectors with STEADYTEC technology, Weidmüller is putting forward a modular platform concept with the following benefits: The first-ever universal IP67 solution for copper and fibre-optic cabling; numerous versions with free choice of insert combinations; wide variety of materials and connections; high-quality contact technology guarantees more than 750 mating cycles for connectors complying with IEC 60603-7. IE-Line connectors with STEADYTEC technology are gigabit capable and documented in IEC 61076-3-106. The connectors specified in the standard: variant 4 (Ethernet/TCP/IP) and 5 (Profinet) as well as variant 1 (Ethernet IP) are also required by the standards for generic cabling of industrial buildings ISO/IEC 24702 (FDIS), prEN50173-1:2006, IEC 61918 (Automation Island) and also fieldbus installations IEC 61784-5. The new, fully shielded connectors are Cat. 6 enabled, feature a compact design profile and require no tools for on-the-spot termination in the field. The compact dimensions of Weidmüller’s modular, variant 4 IE-Line housing are comparable to those of an M12 connector. Supporting transmission rates up to 10 Gbit, it is future-proof by design. Variant 4 housings (to ISO IEC 61076-3-106) are based on a modular construction principle consisting of a flange and a connector housing. Variant 4 is designed to offer protection class rating IP67 when mated. Its robust housing is made of polyamide, flammability class V-0. The flange is designed to a standard pitch. A marking tag can be added to the housing, which is also supplied with a protective cap to IP67 and a securing cord made of rubber.

The compact dimensions of the modular, variant 4 IE-Line housing are comparable to those of an M12 connector. That makes variant 4 connectors particularly interesting for device manufacturers. Until now, they have preferred to utilise M12 connectors, which are also available for Industrial Ethernet with D-coding and transmission rates up to 100 Mbit (Fast Ethernet). Weidmüller’s variant 4 housing is future-proof, because in addition to its extremely compact dimensions it also supports transmission rates up to 10 Gbit. Transmission rates up to 10 Gbit are required by camera manufacturers for example, who require these speeds for monitoring and quality control of production processes. With required data transfer performances continuing to increase in the future, transmission rates from 10 Mbit to 10 Gbit open up whole new horizons for the user. Added to this, the variant 4 connector with Steadytec technology is designed for on-the-spot termination in the field.

Despite the compact profile of the housing, the variant 4 IE housing has been designed to accommodate a variety of inserts: these include RJ45 (tool-free or crimp) and fibre-optic inserts (standard LC duplex and SC connectors). The advantage; users are not tied to a particular medium. Utilising copper or fibre-optic cables, users are able to cover distances of a few meters through to several kilometres. The RJ45 connectors with IP67 rating support all of the different Industrial Ethernet protocols available on the market. The fibre-optic connectors are also equipped with a rapid termination technique and can be utilised for 50 µm and 62.5 µm Plastic Optical Fibre (POF), Plastic Cladded Fibre (PCF) and Glass Optical Fibre (GOF).

The size of the RJ45 connector to IP67 is standardised by the Profibus User Organisation (PUO). The standard ISO IEC 24702 provides specifications for generic cabling in i

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