Smarter, Simpler Connections

More Customized Machines and Machine-Mount I/O Lead to a Call for Increasingly Intelligent Connection and Cabling Solutions

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Solutions for making machines run leaner, smarter and cheaper come in all shapes and sizes, and connection products can play a significant role in this endeavor.

"Everybody wants to reduce cost, and cabling's a big part of that," notes Robert Muehlfellner, director, automation technologies, for B&R Automation.

Muehlfellner sees a trend within machinery that calls for more modularization as end users demand more options and more customization. "Along with this, there are trends toward decentralization of the electrical components, and more machine-mount I/Os and drives," he says. "Intelligent connection and cabling technology plays a more prominent role than it did in the past."

Passive distribution blocks are also resurging, according to Aaron Henry, marketing manager at Murrelektronik . They are similar to machine-mount I/O devices, he explains, because they refrain from active communications and have simple, homerun wiring to I/O cabinets. "Many machine builders in U.S. markets are constructing progressively smaller machines with smaller I/O counts, but they still want to build them faster, and so they're using more passive distribution blocks," he says. "These allow easier troubleshooting and reduce wiring without having to justify and implement a full-blown fieldbus."

Belden's Industrial-grade DataTuff Cat. 6 cord  Tough Wires   
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B&R Industrial Automation's 8CVE remote connection box Make a Remote Connection   
8CVE remote connection box has IP65 protection, and comes with four hybrid cable outlets, allowing the power to be divided between up to four line structures of Acoposmulti65 8CVI inverters; and the connections necessary for Safe Torque Off (STO) signals are included. It has two local I/O connections.
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B&B Electronics' Vlinx VESP211 small-form-factor serial servers Ethernet Anywhere   
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Rockwell Automation's EtherNet/IP Communications Auxiliary Device Connect   
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Sealevel Systems' SeaLink Ethernet serial servers From Serial to Ethernet   
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Murrelektronik's Professional RJ45 connectors Connect With Professionals   
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Eaton's SmartWire-DT panel wiring system connects Simplify Panels   
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Wago's 756 Series M12 socket Ethernet adapter Socket to Me    
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