TTI is now stocking TE Connectivity”s (TE”s) mini I/O industrial connector system. This compact, latching, wire-to-board I/O interface measures one-quarter the size of a conventional RJ45 plug and features two points of contact for increased reliability in high vibration industrial applications.
Commenting Norbert Piefer, TTI’s Director Industry Marketing Industrial in Europe said: “Increasing levels of factory automation – driven by concepts such as Industry 4.0 and the Smart Factory – rely on everything within the factory environment being connected. Devices such as sensors and actuators monitor operations and implement actions, using the Internet or Ethernet-based systems to transmit data to the control centre and to other equipment, and to receive instructions. Therefore local connectivity is vital. Not only are mini I/O connectors much smaller than RJ45 types, they can also withstand much higher vibration acceleration (25G vs 10G for RJ45). This additional reliability is crucial in the industrial environment because if a sensor cannot communicate with the machine control, the equipment will have to be taken out of service.”
Mini I/O connectors are available in two coding options to help prevent miss-mating. Each connector contains eight individual contacts that accommodate I/O signals or industrial Ethernet, and are available in angled and vertical configurations, and surface-mount and through-hole options. The unique latching system protects the plug from pull-out in high vibration environments.
The latest addition to the mini I/O product family is a field installable version with an innovative and time-saving wire termination and an easy to use hand tool that allows for field assembly in virtually any environment.