Ethernet modules eliminate wiring errors

31st October 2014
Posted By : Siobhan O'Gorman
Ethernet modules eliminate wiring errors

Designed to connect industrial controllers to I/O devices in harsh-duty environments, the Brad HarshIO IP67 Compact Ethernet Modules have been released by Molex. Measuring 30mm, the modules can be configured as inputs or outputs with M8 or M12 connectors, making them suitable for attaching sensing devices or actuators.

While eliminating wiring errors and providing faster installation times, the modules allow machine designers and installers to connect a digital signal and maintain a high density of I/O points, using the minimum amount of space. Removing the need for a protective cabinet, the Brad HarshIO IP67 Compact Ethernet Modules feature an IP67-rated housing to resist dust, liquid and vibration.

Allowing an application to be wired entirely without switches at a lower cost, the devices have a daisy-chain wiring topology and an integrated two port switch with 100Mb/s full duplex data transmission. Enabling the fast, safe, operator independent IP67-sealed connection of cordsets, the modules, which support PROFINET ‘Simple Device Replacement’, incorporate the company's patented Ultra-Lock push-to-lock connection system.

“Integrated Brad solutions deliver the advanced features and secure connections customers need for optimal machine performance and industrial automation,” commented Eric Gory, Global Product Manager, Molex. “Easily configurable, small form-factor HarshIO IP67 Compact Ethernet Modules ease the transition for machine builders from traditional PROFIBUS to a PROFINET industrial Ethernet fieldbus.”

“HarshIO compact Ethernet modules offer a smooth and easy transition to PROFINET connectivity for machine builders currently using PROFIBUS or DeviceNet compact modules. The advanced design features of the modules maximise your connectivity and cost-effectiveness,” adds Gory.

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