M12 products from METZ CONNECT:Complete range for industrial Ethernet applications

Over the last few years, METZ CONNECT has been consistently expanding its range of industrial Ethernet products. It now offers a full range of X- and D-coded products that comply with the M12 standard.

M12 has now become a key standard for data transfer in control and automation equipment, particularly in the industrial automation field. While RJ45 is still used in electrical cabinets and distribution boards, the growing use of Ethernet communication within industry has opened up an increasing number of applications for robust, reliable, and secure connections. The rail industry has also been quick to adopt the M12 X-Code connector as the data communication connector of choice. With the growing expectation of passenger Wi-Fi, and improved passenger information systems, and CCTV, the M12 X-Code connector offering data transmission rates of up to 10 Gbit/s has the capacity to meet not only today’s requirements but it also acts as a future proof solution.This need is also used in stations for information boards or camera observation. All of these applications depend on reliable connection systems and METZ CONNECT stands out by offering a complete range for a maximum system compatibility and continuity from the PCB in to the infrastructural environment.

Robust and secure

The X-coded 4-pair M12 connectors are suitable for data transfer speeds up to 10 GBit/s (IEEE.802.3an, Cat. 6A, up to 500 MHz).They also offer remote powering options with PoE, PoE+, and UPoE). The D-coded 2-pair M12 field plug offers data transfer of up to 100 Mbit/s and is therefore ideally suited to PROFINET and EtherNet I/P applications. The connectors are particularly suitable for industrial applications because of their high levels of mechanical and electrical stability and their robust zinc die-cast housing, which provides 360o shielding. These products are also quick and easy to install as there is no requirement for a crimp or solder process when connecting these products using IDC technology. In connected form, M12 connectors from METZ CONNECT are resistant to dirt and humidity up to the IP67 standard. The latest addition to the METZ CONNECT M12 range are the sealed X- Coded circuit board jacks which offer an IP67 rating in unmated form. Suitable for these plugs and jacks, METZ CONNECT has a wide range of cables in straight and angled variants in different lengths.

Flexible and reliable

In order to make testing quick and easy for any METZ CONNECT M12 installation – METZ CONNECT now offers the KAPRi cable and installation tester with an extension set. This enables installers to quickly test for installation errors such as split pairs, loose connections, short circuits and external voltage.

The METZ CONNECT M12 range (and particularly its X-coded variants) offers a multitude of products for all kinds of operations and installations to ensure secure, reliable data transfer in automation and control networks.

METZ CONNECT will be exhibiting their range of connectors at the Electronics Design Show in Coventry (19./20. October 2016) at stand H67.