Industrial network systems allow for real-time distributed control of many connection points from a single controller. These “network bus” systems reduce the total amount of cable required and can simplify the overall design. Mencom offers a broad range of industrial network connectivity products to streamline installations.
Using Ethernet in industrial applications is becoming more prevalent. This has increased the need for Ethernet products that are built to handle harsh environments. Mencom’s rugged Ethernet product line includes E45V3 series connectors that allow for an IP67 rating while using standard RJ45 connectors.
Mencom also offers M12 threaded over-molded cables, receptacles and field wireable plugs. Referred to as a MDE45, this series uses M12 4 wire (D-Coded) connectors with 2 pair Cat 5e cables or M12 8 wire (A-Coded) connectors with 4 pair Cat 5e cable. The MDE45 is specifically used in Industrial Ethernet applications, and has teal cable using twisted pairs of wires inside. This connector has a unique keyway that is known as D-coded.
Mencom’s Unmanaged Fast Ethernet Switches are designed to work in a variety of industrial environments. They protect themselves from receiving too many broadcast packets. During normal use, broadcast packets will be forwarded to all ports except the source port. However, it will discard broadcast or multicast packets if the number of those packets exceeds a threshold in a preset period of time. When the preset period expires (about 800 msec), it will then resume receiving broadcast or multicast packets until the threshold is reached again.
Each switch provides two redundant power inputs that can be connected simultaneously to a wide range of dc power sources. If one of the power inputs fails, the other live source acts as a backup to provide the power needs automatically.
In addition, Mencom provides two new convenient ways to simplify industrial Ethernet connection application. Its pass-through single port M12 D-code is the ultimate in plug and play. The M12 connector on the outside of the panel is available in male or female gender, and will accept any D-code Industrial Ethernet M12 cables. The ‘Easy to Use Female RJ45 Jack’ on the inside of the panel accepts standard RJ45 patch cord.
If an application calls for several Ethernet connections, Mencom’s 4 port M12 panel is the answer. With four easy to access, custom labeled, M12 D-Code receptacles mounted to one plate, installation is quick and efficient. Each receptacle passes through the panel to a convenient female RJ45 jack on the inside. The plate comes with a gasket to ensure the environmental protection of the control cabinet.