How standardisation for data centres can reduce costs and speed up time-to-market


The worldwide data centre market is experiencing explosive year-on-year growth as our reliance on remote working, computer apps and the Internet of Things increases at a staggering rate. These changes to our working lives mean businesses and individuals need reliable access to data to allow them to embrace new ways of working.

As we become more reliant on accessing this data, it’s essential that data centres and their IT infrastructure run as smoothly and efficiently as possible and any system failures are repaired quickly.

Join experts from the HARTING Technology Group, Delta Energy Systems and ZVK GmbH on Wednesday 17th January 2024 for an informative live webinar looking at how standardisation for data centres can reduce costs and speed up time-to-market.

During the webinar, the panel will discuss how standardisation based on the Open Compute Project (OCP) can help to reduce the total costs of ownership (TCO). The OCP is a community with a focus on open source and open collaboration, which is committed to redesigning hardware technology to efficiently support growing data centre demands.

You’ll learn how standardisation helps reduce complexity and speeds up time-to-market. In addition, you’ll discover that space saving components can open up more IT space for computer equipment and how employing energy efficient connectors improves energy efficiency by up to 50%.

To register for the webinar, please click below and complete the simple form.


ODU Connectors:- Data Transmission with Fibre-Optics in Surgical Robotic Systems


Innovative surgical robotic systems are revolutionising precision and efficiency.

These sophisticated devices require reliable data transmission at tremendous speed and low latencies – only very special fibre-optic connections meet this high demand.

Challenges for Fiber Optic Data Transmission Connectors

  1. Miniaturization and Space Limitations: Connectors need to be compact enough to fit into tight spaces without restricting the robot’s freedom of movement.
  2. Robustness and resistance: The connectors must be able to withstand the physical stresses, such as vibration or accidental shocks.
  3. Cleaning and sterilization: Connectors must be designed to survive this process without sacrificing performance.
  4. Data integrity: There must be no data loss. The interfaces must ensure data integrity and ensure uninterrupted communication.
  5. EMC and Immunity: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) is crucial to avoid interference from nearby electronic devices. Connectors must have immunity to interference while enabling high data rates.

As a leading manufacturer of connectors for medical applications, ODU’s connectors meet the demanding requirements of the MDR and IEC 60-601-1 standard.

ODU’s high-speed fiber optic connectors are perfectly suited for use in surgical robotic systems.They are compact, rugged, easy to sterilize, and offer outstanding data transmission performance, even in EMC-intensive environments.

With the help of our high-performance expanded-beam technology, the highest data rates can be achieved, together with extremely low attenuation rates.

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binder Coded for power supply M12: UL-approved K and L cable connectors


K- and L-coded M12 connectors are suitable for transmitting electrical power to AC and DC applications in factory automation. binder offers a selection of overmolded cable components that were developed for use in North America according to the UL 2238 standard.

binder, a leading supplier of industrial circular connectors, is expanding its M12 portfolio by adding K- and L-coded overmolded cable connectors of the 823 and 824 series, which were developed according to UL 2238. These are primarily intended for use in the power supply of field devices in automation technology. Here, the transmission of electrical power via compact M12 interfaces has become a fundamental requirement. The connectors provide a compact alternative to power connections using 7/8-inch technology.

The K-coding indicates 5-pin connectors for AC supply of e.g., drives or frequency converters. Target applications of the likewise 5-pin connectors with L-coding include DC miniature drives, decentralized I/O modules, and other automation components that are supplied with DC voltage in field bus systems.

The K-coded products of the binder 824 series with screw locking are characterized by their ampacity of up to 12 A per pin under continuous load at rated voltages of 630 V(AC) respectively. The L-coded products in the 823 series have a rated current of 16 A and a rated voltage of 63 V (DC). Gold-plated contacts guarantee reliable current transmission. The fully overmolded connectors ensure protection of the interface according to IP68.

Ready for the markets of North America

The rapid and seamless introduction of new products to the markets of different world regions is an increasingly important competitive demand. Export to North America, for example, requires conformity to US safety regulations. This in turn can be proven by certification from a qualified and recognized test laboratory. With the UL approval from Underwriters Laboratories, manufacturers of electromechanical connectivity products can prove that their components meet the safety requirements for North America. Interfaces designed for rated currents up to 16 A and rated voltages up to 630 V require approval according to UL 2238. UL 2238 certification is currently in preparation.

M12 – robust, flexible, reliable

The K- and L-coded overmolded M12 cable connectors were developed in conformance with IEC 61076-2-11 for use in industrial-automation environments. Thus, product designers and installers are provided with a robust and variably applicable interface technology that ensures reliable power transmission to AC and DC field components even at high ambient temperatures. The IP68-compliant interfaces feature a protected seal within the M12 socket, and the M12x1 thread is equipped with an anti-vibration lock. Furthermore, connection cross-sections up to 2.5 mm2 are available.

Fields of application:

  • AC and DC power supply, respectively, in automation technology


  • Locking system: screw
  • Termination: crimp, overmolded
  • Pin count: 4+PE (K-coded), 4+FE (L-coded)
  • Rated voltage: 630 V(AC), 63 V(DC)
  • Rated current: up to 16 A (L-coding) / 12 A (K-coding)
  • Operating temperature range: -40 °C to +90 °C
  • Protection degree: IP67 (mated)
  • Mating cycles: >100