Ethernet is the dominant communication standard for industrial applications, and the popular RJ45 connector has become the standard interface for Ethernet connections. However, with advances in miniaturisation, the RJ45 has now become too large for many applications, and its plastic locking tabs are easily broken.
Consequently, a smaller and more rugged connector, especially one which can also offer Cat. 6A performance for 1/10 Gbit/s Ethernet at the control level, has been on the wish list of many users. With the ix Industrial, HARTING is presenting an integrated system which meets these requirements.
Socket sizes have been reduced by 70% and the ix combines data transmission and power supply into a single interface. A small yet robust socket with five THR shielding contacts is available while the ix connectors are securely locked together by two metal snap-in hooks.