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Whether you use Cisco Industrial ethernet switches like the IE2000, Cisco panels, Cisco Routers like the IW3702, Access Points or Hubs – M12 connectors have now become the key standard for data transfer in control and automation equipment, particularly in the field of industrial automation. While RJ45 is still used in electrical cabinets and distribution boards, the growing use of the Ethernet in industry has opened up a number of applications for robust, secure M12 connectors. The male and female M12 screw connectors provide a secure, reliable connection even in harsh environments. Therefore, METZ CONNECT has continued to extend its M12 portfolio for a future-proof and high-performance cabling in communication systems and automation networks. The range includes X- and D-coded solderable or field assembly jacks and plugs, cables, PC board inserts, cable connectors and blank plugs. The X-coded M12 PC board jacks as straight version or angled by 90° are particularly suited to be used in automation or control systems. The jacks are available for housing walls with a thickness of 2.5, 4 and 5 mm and in shielded or unshielded sets. To connect the M12 cabling to the typically RJ45 environment in electrical cabinets METZ CONNECT also offers X-coded panel feed through adapters M12 to RJ45 in a straight or angled version.
Robust and secure
The X-coded 4-pair M12 connectors are suitable for data transfer speeds up to 10 GBit (Cat. 6A with a bandwidth of up to 500 MHz). This would, for example, be sufficient to handle the flood of data from a surveillance camera. 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. When plugged in, M12 connectors from METZ CONNECT are resistant to dirt and humidity up to the IP67 standard. The sealed X- and D-coded circuit board jacks are also resistant up to IP67, even when they are not plugged in.