TE Connectivity is partnering with Yamaichi Electronics to produce and promote a new design of push-pull M12 circular metric connector with an inner locking design for various industrial applications. The two companies are cooperating to campaign for the design to be included in a new IEC standard for M12 connectors with push-pull locking.
According to TE, technical cooperation between the two companies will lead to the introduction of different versions of the connectors in the coming months. Overmolded connectors with A, B, D-coding are already available and the portfolio will be enlarged with field assembly types and further codings.
The market for M12 connectors with a push-pull interface is currently fragmented, owing to suppliers offering mutually incompatible designs says the two companies. TE and Yamaichi will work together to establish Yamaichi’s design with inner locking as the standard as defined by the IEC. Yamaichi submitted its original proposal for the standard last year. An important advantage of the Yamaichi design is that it is compatible with standard M12 connectors.
"The market needs a standard around M12 push-pull connectors so that it can be confident of using proven technology and so time-to-market of new products incorporating the inner push-pull technology can be cut back," said Christoph Prem, sales & marketing director at Yamaichi Electronics. "The inner locking design merits being incorporated into an IEC standard."