CC-Link IE cables and connectors help future-proof machines and processes

23 October 2016

Phoenix Contact is helping customers to future-proof their machines and processes by offering a comprehensive range of cables and connectors for CC-Link IE.

The company already offers cables for CC-Link fieldbus networks which form a growing part of the company’s product range as more data is being transferred between devices and around machines. It has, most recently added connectors for CC-Link IE Gigabit Ethernet to its range.

A new M12 connector for CC-Link IE, for example, is based on the X-coded interface connection standard designed to offer superior signal integrity. Commenting on the new variant, Dirk Bunzel, a product manager at Phoenix Contact, said that the connector range had been developed in response to customer demand. “Customers targeting Asian markets asked us to develop this product,” he said. “CC-Link is one of the dominant standards in Asia and the availability of X-coded M12 CC-Link IE connectors gives our customers easier access to those markets.”

As Bunzel explains, these new connectors for CC-Link IE will enable customers to future-proof their machines: “The picture today is that CC-Link IE is the only open Gigabit Ethernet technology, but we can see that data transmission speeds will only continue to increase. With the new connectors and cables we can provide an infrastructure capable of transferring up to 10Gbps, compared to the current standard of 1 Gbps. Customers can install networks now, knowing that they won’t need to replace them in the near future.”

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