Rockwell Automation has introduced an expanded range of industrial-grade Ethernet physical media components. Specially engineered for high performance in harsh industrial environments, the expanded Ethernet component range includes four- and two-pair cable varieties with RJ45 and/or M12 connectors, spools of cable, as well as a variety of accessories. Simple to install and more robust than standard off-the-shelf variants, the new Rockwell Automation physical media offering provides industry with new levels of Ethernet security, flexibility and reliability.
Featuring heavy-duty design, the new Rockwell Automation Ethernet physical media components provide a valuable combination of high-level electrical performance and physical toughness. The Ethernet cable family has been engineered to preserve signal balance and integrity, while delivering optimised noise-immunity and return-loss performance. An impressive bend-radius capability provides flexibility for making tight connections without signal disruption. All Rockwell Automation Ethernet physical media undergo stringent mechanical and electrical testing, and comply with Open DeviceNet Vendors Association (ODVA) standards.
Rated up to IP67, the RJ45 Ethernet cordsets and patchcords are available in robotic TPE (two and four pair), riser PVC (four pair) and plenum (four pair) cable jacket versions, while those with M12 connectivity are provided in robotic TPE (two pair) configuration. Furthermore, spools of cable are available in lengths of 100m, 300m and 600m for each of the cable jacket versions.
Accessories include a category 5e-rated crimp connector with ruggedized boot, as well as a category 6-rated RJ45 insulation displacement connector (IDC). Easy to fit, the IDC connector permits a reliable connection option, and can be re-terminated up to five times. This connector choice, in combination with the crimp tool kit, and cable spools allows users to customise Ethernet cables to length and termination requirements, simply and quickly.
The expansion of the Rockwell Automation Ethernet-ready physical media component range complements the company’s ever-expanding Ethernet-enabled solution set, which includes I/O, drives, PLCs, human-machine interfaces, and safety and motion controllers. With the addition of Ethernet cable, connectors and accessories, industry can now source an end-to-end Ethernet control solution from Rockwell Automation.