Cables/Connecting

Easy installation solution with new cable plug

11th February 2020
Alex Lynn

It has been announced that TE Connectivity (TE) has introduced the new IEC 61076-2-109-compliant M12 X-Code Field Installable Cable Plug. The plug can be fitted without the use of special tools, helping cable installers and machinery makers install IP67 10Gbps Cat6A connections more quickly and easily than ever before.

The new field installable cable plug from TE comes in just two easy-install parts, thus reducing the risk of losing any components during installation in the field. TE’s patented contacting technology enables optimal transmission performance. In addition, time consuming special preparation of the wire lead length is not necessary because the automatic wire cutoff function cuts the wire leads to the optimal length during assembly. Due to the simple design, visual inspection can verify a correct cable-braid termination before final assembly.

“With IP67-grade equipment moving to higher transmission speeds, equipment with M12 X-code interfaces is becoming more common,” said Ruud van den Brink, Product Manager for Industrial Communications at TE. “Our new M12 X-Code Field Installable Cable Plug is easier to install than existing solutions and it minimises the chance of making errors during installation. Our customers are at the forefront of everything we design. This product makes it easier for engineers, cable installers and machinery makers to establish connections.

“Technicians in many markets – industrial machinery, robotics, controls, and testing and measurement among them – will benefit from using the new plug-in applications such as in valves, motors and drives, actuators, industrial wireless access points, and more. The plug can terminate commonly used wire sizes with ease. These wires include AWG 22, 24 and 26, solid and stranded with outer cable diameters between 6.5 and 9.0mm.”

The plug supports four-pair Power over Ethernet (4P PoE) according to IEEE 802.3bt, as it carries currents of up to 1A per wire pair with all four pairs energised simultaneously. In order to try and guarantee maximum safety, a 1,500V rms AC withstanding voltage is guaranteed between wires and grounding. Operating temperature range stretches all the way from -40 to +85°C.

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