FLUKE DSX CableAnalyzer™ allows for pre-start up verification and is a troubleshooter for ix Industrial®

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HARTING, HIROSE and FLUKE networks have announced the availability of an adapter supporting the ix Industrial® connector for its DSX CableAnalyzer™ family of network cabling certification tools. The new adapter allows the DSX Series to connect to cabling systems employing the ix Industrial® for the purposes of pre-start up verification and troubleshooting.

The ix Industrial® was a joint venture between technology partners HIROSE and HARTING and was introduced to the market in 2016. It is a rugged Ethernet connector for harsh environments, which complies with the IEC 61076-3-124 standard and is 70% smaller than the traditional RJ45 connector.

Both partners understand the need for pre-start up testing of cabling systems, stating: “Even when customers and contractors use top quality components, variations in the installation process can cause issues ranging from intermittent to total network failures, leading to unplanned downtime. Certifying the installed cabling to industry standards during deployment reduces start-up time and prevents costly cabling-related downtime.”

The miniaturised ix Industrial® connector supports communications rates to 10 Gbps when used with Category 6A or Class EA cabling. Its rugged design features an enhanced PCB retention force, durability up to 5,000 mating cycles and a high level of resistance to Electromagnetic Interference (EMI). Several major companies have endorsed the connector already as an Ethernet interface. With the market trend for smaller devices, such as vision sensors and small controllers, the need for miniaturised connections is growing and the ix Industrial® connector is a suitable solution for this market requirement.

The FLUKE networks DSX CableAnalyzer Series is part of the industry’s leading cabling certification system, supporting the most extensive variety of in-plant cabling up to and including Category 8, single and multi-mode fibre and standards from the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), International Standards Organization (ISO/IEC) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Over 30 cabling manufacturers worldwide have endorsed the DSX CableAnalyzer Series for certification of their installed systems. The DSX CableAnalyzer Series performs rigorous tests with simple pass/fail results and features extensive diagnostics that slash troubleshooting time.

“Research shows that more than half of all Industrial Ethernet failures can be traced to cabling issues,” stated Walter Hock, Vice president and General Manager of FLUKE networks. “Examples include failed connectors, cable or shield breaks, susceptibility to electromagnetic interference or moisture and cables that don’t meet specification or are simply too long. The DSX CableAnalyzer Series can now ensure that installed cables with ix Industrial® connectors are suitable for Industrial Ethernet environments before machinery starts running or to troubleshoot these problems quickly in the case of failure.” List Table

Harting Industry modular storage systems use Han® interfaces

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The Commeo GmbH from Wallenhorst near Osnabrück has developed a modular energy storage system that allows applications, from mobile robots to the power supply for industrial plants and factories, to run securely and uninterrupted. The Commeo units can be used as an emergency power supply or as a mains buffer to provide compensating power when required.

In a joint project, Commeo and HARTING have developed suitable interfaces for the new system by interconnecting the batteries in a particularly efficient way with downstream units. The solution consists of integrating modules from the Han-Modular® series and the Han® Docking Frame into one unit. The interface for supplying power and data can be quickly placed into the energy storage blocks, whilst the housing for the modules is recessed in the block interior with the mating side protruding centrally from the back of the block.

The Commeo system consists of energy storage blocks that have a side length of more than 20 cm, containing multiple layers of lithium-ion cells. The blocks are responsive via a bus system and are aggregated into industrial storage cabinets. Each block has its own battery management system (BMS).On the top floor of each storage cabinet is the Commeo control unit ccuHV. The two-metre high standard version of the cabinet offers space for 48 blocks. The local control unit communicates via CAN bus with each individual block and the downstream control components.

The layout of the storage block cabinets consisting of 1.5 kWh modules (in 48 V systems) permits the exact battery capacity to be reproduced or replaced as needed. The risk of overdimensioning or underdimensioning does not exist, as the efficiency of the system can be corrected afterwards. Here, the system can easily be scaled from a few KWh to more than 1 MWh. “We can add more cabinets and our battery blocks also fit in other industrial enclosures, for example, wall-mount cabinets that can be placed in small places”, said CEO Michael Schnakenberg.

Today, Commeo battery systems already safeguard the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) of industrial parks or protect electrically powered systems against damage caused by fluctuations in the mains. They provide compensating voltage for renewable power generation plants and act as a buffer to the mains: when voltage is too high, they charge current and have a load-relieving effect; when a voltage drop occurs, they can feed in their storage contents. As a result, they cushion peak loads. In other projects, the Commeo storage blocks back up the power supply of industrial robots or they are applied to district electricity projects.

Commeo targets its product portfolio primarily to the mechanical and plant engineering sectors. “Our goal is to set up batteries in a modular system that is tailor-made for very special needs. We would like to be the first system provider for high-performance storage solutions in the world of automation, process industry and manufacturing”, added Michael Schnakenberg. According to Schnakenberg, HARTING was the favoured supplier as it was important to have a suitable interface for this project. “The recognition factor of HARTING connectors in the industrial environment is a factor. Our customers know as soon as they see these interfaces that our batteries are compatible with their other facilities.”

Thanks to the cooperation with Commeo, the application range for Han® interfaces has widened in the markets of energy generation, storage and distribution. “Our pluggable connectors have performed well in the entire sector with efficient and robust solutions for the generation, storage and distribution of energy. This ranges from the wiring of wind farms through connectivity solutions for gas and storage power plants to the suitable interfaces for E-Mobility, everything coming from one source”, says Andras Meszaros, Industrial Segment Manager Energy at HARTING Electric.

binder Fool-proof connector system for medical system applications

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binder, the circular connector specialist manufacturer, has made available a fool-proof connector system designed for applications such as patient monitoring in the medical and home health care industry.

Key selection criteria for specifying a connector system, particularly in the medical sector, is how often the connector will be mated and the environmental protection required when in use. The IP rating determines the degree of protection to dust and liquid and medical connectors are typically rated IP54 and above.

Connectors are available with a variety of locking systems. Screw connectors provide the ultimate protection against accidental un-mating and have excellent IP performance but, on the downside, they are generally the most expensive type of connector, especially in metal versions. They are also not “convenient” for frequent mating cycles.

Push-pull connectors can also be expensive.  However, the trend towards plastic versions has helped to reduce cost while snap-in and bayonet connectors provide quick and simple mating and are generally the lowest cost solution. 

To satisfy the need for a simple and reliable medical connector system, binder developed its Series 570 ELC (for Easy Locking Connector) specifically for use where the need for constant mating and un-mating is an important consideration. binder has designed the connector to be capable of more than 5000 mating cycles which is enough to satisfy the operating requirements of many medical system applications.

The ELC connector features an intuitive locking system that clicks together to ensure positive mating and protection against un-mating. It is also impossible to mis-mate the connector system as the mating position is defined by the profile shape of the mating area.

Even un-mated, the female panel mount connector has been designed to provide protection against the ingress of liquids, water splash and accidental electrical contact and, when mated, the new ELC connector offers protection to IP54.

Other important features include a PA66 plastic housing, 12 gold plated contacts rated at 2A, 150V. Wire size is 0.25mm² and operating temperature range is -25⁰C to +85⁰C. �