TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, now has a comprehensive portfolio of connectors for all types of electric motors, for use in diverse applications. The portfolio covers solutions for industrial motors such as servo motors, linear motors, spindle motors and stepper motors.
“The popularity of servo motors continues to rise due to their high efficiency, especially in material handling systems and inside machinery,” said Claus Kleedörfer, TE’s global product manager for motor connectivity. “Our Motorman hybrid connectivity solution for decentralized motors and drives help extend the possibilities for cost savings and use in harsh environments, as well as simplify the installation process by reducing cable requirements.”
The use of decentralised drives also reduces demands on the climate control system in the control cabinet (where the drives are traditionally located), providing a further cost saving.
Decentralised servo drives are increasingly networked via Fast Ethernet, which offers the benefits of real-time control, but the nuisance of dual cabling for signal and power has largely remained. The Motorman hybrid connector provides this decentralised technology with a single cable for power, signal and data, and enables manufacturers to optimise production to align with Industry 4.0.
Two Fast Ethernet sockets offer the full benefits of real-time automation control while reducing cabling complexity and cost. TE’s Motorman hybrid connector is easy and safe to configure, and has simple diagnostic access through an easy-to-open side cover, allowing diagnostics and maintenance without disconnecting any cables. Reliable communication up to Cat5e in harsh environments is possible. System costs are kept low due to the use of TE’s MCON interconnection system with its stamped multiple-contact-point contacts, and processing can be done in application tooling, which guarantees high reproducibility. Customised coding features of the insert avoid connector displacement in use.
Earlier this year, TE extended its range of Motorman hybrid connectors, with a “Shroud” version that includes secondary locking for more advanced security, and a cable crimped version available for cabinet applications. These new versions supplement the original version for use on AC servo motors with a printed circuit board (PCB). The connectors are available with a robust metal enclosure suitable for harsh industrial environments or a lower-cost version with a plastic enclosure.
Motorman hybrid connectors are rated IP65 for water and dust protection and can withstand 50 g crash shock. Operating temperature range is from minus 40 degrees Celsius up to 85 degrees Celsius. Rated voltage is 750 VDC; maximal voltage is 900 VDC and proof voltage is 4 KV.