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Circular hybrid connector for increased flexibility and speed

02 February 2016

TE Connectivity has introduced a new circular hybrid connector for use in controllers for hydraulic and pneumatic valves. 

The new circular hybrid connector (CHC) has 8 power and 4 data contacts and was designed for real-time machine automation applications that require a high-performance data connection and power up to 10A. The connector is said to meet the durability and quality requirements of real-time Ethernet applications in industrial automation. Using a retrofit platform, it also offers optional inserts with 11 contacts plus PE (protected earth).

Engineered for industrial applications with fast communication, the new connector meets the VARAN standard (Versatile Automation Random Access Network), the Industrial Ethernet based protocol used in factory automation. Typical applications are said to include welding, stamping, milling and injection moulding operations.

“By combining power supply and data into one single connector, customers can achieve a higher degree of design flexibility, especially for manufacturers of injection moulding machines,” said Michael Steuer, global product manager, TE Industrial. “Thanks to its VARAN-bus standard compatibility, the connector supports fast change-over times of moulds in moulding machines, and simplified cabling reduces installation time by up to 50%."

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