Hirose compact I/O connector saves PCB space

Hirose Electric, a global supplier of interconnects, has developed a rugged I/O connector that combines a small robust design with high-speed data transmission capabilities. That, in turn, enables industrial equipment advancements in smart manufacturing, according to company officials. The IX Series connector reduces installation space by up to 75% compared to RJ45 solutions, and up […]

Environmentally sealed connectors for harsh environments

ITT Cannon, Irvine, Cal., recently introduced a high-performance, ruggedized and cost-effective cable-to-cable connector series for reliable connections in harsh environments. The CTC Series is reportedly a simple-to-install, low-maintenance cable-to-cable interconnect suitable for a wide variety of less-than-ideal vehicle applications where reliable signal circuits are critical to operating performance. The CTC Series uses the industry-proven Trident T2P […]

UL listed fiber-optic patch cables

Phoenix Contact, Middletown, Pa., now offers UL listed fiber-optic patch cables. The patch cables (including both cable and connector) are said to be the first of their type to meet ANSI/UL Standard 746C, which describes special requirements for plastic materials used in electrical or electronic applications. These patch cables range from transmission categories OM1 through […]

HARTING downsizes electrical connections and optical transmission

Electric motors are indispensable to industrial drive technology and today’s automated production processes. At constant speeds, their control is quite simple. However, it is often necessary to regulate the motor speed, which adds a layer of complexity. Speed regulation in the larger power classes is handled with IGBT semiconductors. These devices can switch large loads […]

“Twisted” light to make fiber-optic cables obsolete?

Researchers have taken an important step towards using “twisted” light as a form of wireless, high-capacity data transmission which could one day make fiber-optic cables obsolete. In a recent paper in the journal Science Advances, a team of physicists based in the U.K., Germany, New Zealand and Canada describe how new research into what’s called […]

ERNI connectors for industrial drives and controllers

Industrial automation requires constant, reliable connectivity for high-vibration environments. Miniaturization is also a challenge for interconnect designs, but it does not imply foregoing electromechanical reliability and mating integrity to achieve density and space savings, according to officials at ERNI Electronics, Richmond, Va. Connectors with a contact pitch of 1.27 mm (0.050 in.) or less are […]

Mission-critical flat cables video

Cicoil, a manufacturer of high performance flat cables based in Valencia, Cal., has announced a new video: “Mission Critical Flat Cables.” It details why and how to source cables that demand unparalleled performance in critical applications and cable failure is not an option. Manufactured with high-strength, oxygen-free copper wire, Cicoil’s design is naturally more flexible […]

Low profile, removable carriers for male PCB pins and terminals

Mill-Max, the Oyster Bay, N.Y., manufacturer of precision machined interconnects, presents its first male pin carrier using thin Kapton film to create ultra-low-profile interconnects. The development greatly reduces overall connector height and size, reportedly making it ideal for locations where traditional insulator housings can’t be accommodated. This initial offering, according to the company, is an […]

igus develops honeycomb strain relief

At the 2017 Motek tradeshow, igus presented a new and unique strain relief for its e-chain cable carriers: the honeycomb strain relief CFU. The strain-relief system replaces commonly used cable tie-wraps and other strain-relief designs. The older version of the strain relief required users to arrange each cable separately in the energy chain. In the […]

Ready-to-install cable assemblies for VR applications

TE Connectivity (TE), the Harrisburg, Pa.-based manufacturer of connectivity products, systems and sensors, today announced a line of virtual reality (VR) cable assemblies. According to company officials, the assemblies speed time to market and offer superior performance compared to other solutions in the market. These cable assemblies let VR vendors, service providers and other clients […]

HELUKABEL breaks ground on new U.S. headquarters

HELUKABEL, a major global manufacturer and supplier of cable, wires and accessories, held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, November 9 for its new U.S. headquarters. The eight-acre property is located in the Chicago suburb of West Dundee. The initial buildout will be for a 75,000-square-foot facility, with 7,000 square feet allotted for office space and the remaining […]

High-speed connectivity at Supercomputing 2017

Lisle, Ill.-based Molex will present optical connectivity, structured cabling, and I/O and backplane systems for high-speed, high-density applications at the 29th Annual Supercomputing 2017 international conference and exhibition, being held this week in Denver. The company will feature high-density blind-mating optical backplane connectors for card, sled and drawer applications, and multi-fiber MT and VersaBeam expanded […]

Molex announces MUO 2.5 termination connection

Molex has introduced the MUO 2.5 Termination Connector, designed to replace closed-end (CE) terminals. According to officials at the Lisle, Ill., company, it will not only reduce cable assembly time for OEMs, but also improve reliability and processing time. “Traditional CE terminals can cause wire damage and cannot be disassembled after installation,” said Yujiro Enomoto, […]

LUTZE introduces unshielded Ethernet Cat6 cable

LUTZE is expanding its industrial Ethernet cable offering with an unshielded cable for light industrial duty CAT6 UTP 4X2XAWG23 with PVC jacket. According to the Charlotte, N.C. company, the cable is intended for use in low-noise industrial environments where the effort of installing a shielded cable does not offer any benefit for the application. The […]

Industrial-grade cable for servomotors

Lapp Group USA, Florham Park, N.J., has introduced its ÖLFLEX SERVO 7TCE, a highly flexible, oil-resistant servo cable with TC-ER approval. Because it is suitable for use directly on industrial machines and in cable trays, this new cable eliminates the need for two different kinds of cable or the use of conduit in run. According […]

L-com announces new M12 connectors, coupler and receptacles

L-com Global Connectivity, a manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products based in North Andover, Mass., has introduced new M12 products that include connectors, receptacles and a coupler. These products are designed for industrial control and factory automation, test equipment, I/O connectivity, sensors and actuators, harsh environment applications and industrial Ethernet networks. The M12 field […]

Weidmüller strengthens its presence in North America

The Weidmüller Group, a major international supplier of industrial power, signal and data connectivity products headquartered in Detmold, Germany, announced the acquisition of the W Interconnections group companies in the U.S., Canada and Mexico from Rockwell Automation, Inc. effective October 1. The W Interconnections group sells products for the industrial connectivity and automation markets. The […]

CableLabs completes full-duplex DOCSIS specification

The number of connected devices and bandwidth-hungry online experiences are expected to increase exponentially in the next decade, according to Belal Hamzeh, VP of Research & Development, Wireless Technologies at CableLabs—the non-profit R&D consortium based in Louisville, Colo. With the continuous development of new applications that enable new experiences, such as augmented reality and virtual […]

Simple adapter converts straight connectors to angles

The ibow angle adapter from igus Inc., East Providence, R.I., converts straight, round connectors to angled ones. It reportedly permits fast, easy and safe connection of circular connectors at a user-defined angle. The product lets workers plug in connectors “around corners” quickly and flexibly, according to the company. And it is also suited for retrofit […]

Fairview Microwave debuts phase-stable RF analyzer cables

Fairview Microwave, a Lewisville, Texas, supplier of on-demand microwave and RF components, has introduced a new series of rugged, portable, phase stable RF analyzer cables. Typical applications include handheld network analyzers, base-station analyzers, portable spectrum analyzers, field testing, tower measurements, distance-to-fault measurements and site maintenance. Fairview’s 19 new portable, RF analyzer models provide optimal amplitude […]

Fiber optic ideal for tough tasks

Digitization isn’t just for “quiet” environments like the home and office. It’s also making inroads in tunnel drilling projects, mining and other rugged settings. Given the harsh environments, the requirements for components are quite high. Large distances, together with the high bandwidths, make fiber-optic cable (FOC) the indispensable conductive medium for industrial Ethernet. HARTING has […]

Mini machines draw ICUEE crowds

A growing trend among many mobile equipment users is the move to smaller machines, as evidenced by the number of attendees flocking to OEM displays at the ICUEE show in Louisville, Ky. Caterpillar offered test drives of its upgraded 303E CR mini hydraulic excavator that the company says is built for productive work in confined […]

How does extreme heat affect hydraulic hose?

In a previous posting, the editors at Fluid Power World discussed how ultra-low temperatures can play havoc with the performance of typical rubber hose. Hydraulic hose used at high temperatures faces performance issues too, but for different reasons. That’s because thermal exposure can cause aging of elastomers and plastics. (Other causes of aging include exposure […]

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5,000-psi coupling connects by hand

In underground mines, traditional staple-lock hydraulic couplings take a beating. They often get abused and damaged, and that makes them difficult to disconnect and service. At this year’s MINExpo show in Las Vegas, experts from Gates Corp., Denver, explained how their iLok coupling addresses the shortcomings of traditional staple-type connections, providing sizeable savings in assembly […]

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Rotary hand valve has new price and features

Rotary hand valves are simple and economical devices well-suited for manual directional flow control in a wide range of applications. The redesigned VHLA rotary hand valve from IMI…

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