Ethernet connection innovations

Ethernet connection innovations

November 30, 2021

HARTING Technology Group

Harting is factoring in current trends and developments shaping the industrial transformation and presenting infrastructure solutions for easy access to the IIoT. Connector innovations such as the RJ Industrial MultiFeature, preLink RJ45 as well as the T1 Industrial interface for Single Pair Ethernet according to IEC 63171-6 in M12 and M8 housings are playing a special role.

Ethernet is being deployed in more and more areas of automation and is the connecting element for IT and OT (Operational Technology). Harting is developing and refining its range of industrial ethernet connectivity to implement networks for industrial use. With fast ethernet and gigabit ethernet, the Technology Group is highlighting new variants of the RJ Industrial Multifeature interface: the industrial RJ45 with "integrated side cutter" for accelerated and simplified cable connection, as well as the new preLink RJ45 in optimised design. Both RJ45 innovations come in straight and angled versions.

Catering to demanding ethernet applications on the field level, where assembly can be subject to massive time pressure, Harting is presenting M12 circular connectors according to the new IEC 61076-2-010 standard. This represents the cross-market PushPull locking standard for M12 connectors. allowing access to standing and recessed device sockets, while interfaces can also be connected 75% faster in the field and overcoming the issue of second source and interoperability.

Compared to RJ45 solutions, the miniaturised ix Industrial connector features the 70% smaller interface specified in the PROFINET Guideline Cabling and Interconnection Technology and offers users a more compact, robust, and industry-compatible interface for demanding applications in the PROFINET environment.

The variants of the T1 industrial interface for single pair ethernet are also playing a special role, particularly the interface standardised according to IEC 63171-6 in M12 and M8 housings. The Technology Group will be presenting the new hybrid concepts for SPE plus Power according to IEC 63171-7. The -7 standard for hybrid SPE solutions represents an important step to meet power requirements beyond the possible 50W of Power over Data Line.

Trying to make SPE technology accessible to further industrial application areas, the Technology Group made the first solutions for single-pair connection via PCB terminal available. Terminals simplify the connection of SPEs to a greater extent, bring ethernet to the field level, and simplify handling. This is particularly interesting within the context of SPE and IIoT with low data rates from 10 Mbit/s and transmission lengths of up to 1000 m in industry, building and process automation.