This week’s product roundup highlights some of highest-performance M- and N-Type connectors currently available on the market.
M- and N-Type Connector Product Roundup
Smiths Interconnect’s M12 Circular W Series connectors feature a compact (15mm Ø), robust, and lightweight design with common housings that incorporate 3–8 high-performance hyperboloid contacts, a unique and user-friendly side-loading contact retention system that simplifies and shortens the assembly process, 360° EMI shielding, IP67 protection, and vibration resistance. Ideal for use in space- and weight-constrained applications throughout the medical, rail, industrial, and alternative energy markets — including: factory automation, drive motors, machine tools, robots, conveyor systems, handling machines, elevators, and more — the series is available in A- and D-Coded versions with crimp and solder terminations, is compliant with UL 94 V-0 fire and smoke standards, and is optimized to reduce stocking requirements on free-assembled versions. The series is rated for 2–4A, 30–250V, and operating temperatures extending from -40°C to 125°C.
TE Connectivity’s Industrial Business offers field-installable M8 and M12 connector systems with an array of future-proof interfaces designed to support reliable, high-speed transmissions up to 10Gb/s in industrial environments. Comprised of an extensive range of IP67 and IP68 shielded and unshielded M8 and M12 PCB headers, cable assemblies, and IO modules, the systems enable easy, error-free installation in harsh-environment applications including: industrial automation, machine tools, vision systems, and automobile, semiconductor, and food and beverage manufacturing, effectively decreasing downtime, increasing production efficiency, and reducing installation and tooling costs. Available as male and female connectors with 2–12 positions; A, B, D, X, S, and T coding; optional high-conductivity silver-plated contacts; and panel-mount, distribution, solder cup, and PCB mounting configurations; the UL-recognized and cURus-certified systems deliver quick, secure, backwards-compatible connections. Y connectors are also available, as are customized and general market cable assemblies that help reduce total cost of ownership.
NorComp’s M8 Series M8 connectors are designed to withstand shock and high vibration in applications including: medical devices, ruggedized data loggers and sensors, electronic gauges and metering equipment, avionics systems, and marine electronics. The series features rugged, fully shielded, nickel-plated, brass metal shells sealed to IP67; 3–6 non-removable, gold-plated, copper alloy/brass male contacts or phosphor bronze/brass female contacts; UL 94 V-0 black PBT insulators; and black NBR/EPDM O-rings. Rated for 3–5A, 60–125V, 24–28AWG, and operating temperatures spanning -40°C to +85°C, the RoHS-2-compliant connectors are available in cable-mount and panel-mount configurations, as loose pieces or pre-made cables, and with optional dust caps. M12 and M5 versions are also available.
Phoenix Contact’s tolerance-balancing M12 housing screw connection for M12 THR socket contact carriers features a floating, snap-on mounting mechanism in the housing that compensates for process-related production tolerances between PCBs and housings, preventing force from being applied to soldering spots. Compatible with two-piece, reflow, and wave solderable connectors, the connection enables easy, tool-free mounting and features a tightening limiter to prevent accidental damage and port sealing without the use of a protective cap.
ITT VEAM’s CIR M12 circular, bayonet-coupling connectors for harsh-environment Ethernet communication applications in rail, defense, industrial, and transportation applications feature M12 contacts mounted within proven VEAM FRCIR connectors. Designed to support gigabit communication, this high-speed connector solution enables data transfer from Ethernet, MVB, WTB, and video lines within a single connector in accordance with VG95234, and features: aluminum alloy shells with a minimal footprint, flame-retardant plastic insulators, optional straight or 90° backshells, IP67 protection, and gold-plated copper alloy contacts rated for 2,000 mating cycles and operating temperatures spanning -40°C to +100°C. Tested to Class F Ethernet channel performance, these connectors are also available with ITT’s Blue Generation® plating, a ruggedized, RoHS compliant plating that delivers a best-in-class combination of extreme durability, conductivity, and shielding performance.
ERNI’s rugged M12 X-Code Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connectors facilitate reliable high-speed data transfer in 10GbE industrial data communications applications, including IP cameras, public transportation and railway infrastructure, broadcasting systems, industrial machinery and process equipment, and automated packaging and encoder solutions. The eight-pin connectors are compatible with RJ45 network cabling, feature an X-coded interface per IEC 61076-2-109, and exhibit attractive EMC characteristics supported by 360° shielding, as well as shield-to-PCB and shield-to-panel conductor features. The IP65/67-rated series can also withstand a test voltage of at least 1.5kVAC, per IEEE requirements, and has a clearance and creepage distance of at least 1.6mm. The female PCB connector and screw-locking panel mount coupler form a two-part, rugged I/O system with space-saving capabilities and a proven SMT termination design, and are compatible with automatic assembly.
Binder’s M12 S- and T-Coded Power Panel Mount Connectors with plastic, prewired receptacles are ideal for use in process and manufacturing automation applications within industrial networks. Designed to be threaded into panels or fixed with a locking nut, the S-Coded (AC) and T-Coded (DC) connectors are rated for up to 630VAC/63VDC and 12A per contact and feature IP67-rated protection from liquids and debris and gold-plated contacts with crimp terminations for low contact resistance.
Chogori’s M12 Series field-installable connectors feature coupling nuts for enhanced vibration resistance and allow users to customize cable type and length, enabling quick, easy, and cost-effective onsite installations in applications including proximity and safety switches, and other miniature I/O devices and sensors. Rated for up to 250V and 4A, the series is available in male and female straight and right angle versions with 3, 4, 5, and 8 pins, screw-in or solder terminations, plastic or metal housings, and A, B, or D coding.
TE Connectivity’s Aerospace, Defense, and Marine Business offers a range of rugged, N-Type connectors designed to deliver high performance RF solutions in harsh-environment applications including: antennas, avionics and instrumentation systems, launch vehicles, military and satellite communications, missiles, and radar arrays. Available in high-frequency, high-voltage, and MIL-DTL39012/1, 2, 3, and 5 dual-crimp variations, these connectors exhibit low insertion losses and excellent VSWR, and are supplied on factory-tested custom cable assemblies with tight-toleranced electrical characteristics, small sizes, light weights, and rugged materials.