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Number of contacts
This indicates the number of contacts the connector has.
Lock
The locking system describes how the pin and socket elements are joined.
  • M12 The connectors can be screwed together to secure the connection. M stands for metric thread and the number stands for the external diameter.
  • M5 The connectors can be screwed together to secure the connection. M stands for metric thread and the number stands for the external diameter.
  • M8 The connectors can be screwed together to secure the connection. M stands for metric thread and the number stands for the external diameter.
Degree of protection
The degrees of protection according to IEC60529 apply to various articles and provide information on protection against the intrusion of water and solids such as dust.
  • IP40 Protects against contact with tools, wires and other similar objects of Ø > 1 mm and against the intrusion of foreign bodies of Ø > 1 mm. Does not protect against water.
  • IP65 Fully protects against touch and against the intrusion of dust. Protects against sprayed water (jet) from any angle.
  • IP67 Fully protects against touch and against the intrusion of dust. Protects against water intrusion in temporary immersion (depth: 1 m; duration: 30 minutes).
  • IP67 with seal, see accessories Fully protects against touch and against the intrusion of dust. Protects against water intrusion in temporary immersion (depth: 1 m; duration: 30 minutes).
  • IP68 Fully protects against touch and against the intrusion of dust. Protects against water intrusion in sustained submersion (depth: 2 m; duration: 24 hours), requirements specification by agreement between producer and user.
  • IP68/IP69K <u>IP68:</u> Fully protects against touch. Protects against the intrusion of dust. Protects against water intrusion in sustained immersion (depth: 2 m; duration: 24 hours), requirements specification by agreement between producer and user.<br/><br/><u>IP69K:</u> Fully protects against touch. Protects against the intrusion of dust. Protects against water intrusion under high pressure (8,000–10,000 kPa) from a jet or from steam-jet cleaning from any direction.
  • IP69K Fully protects against touch and against the intrusion of dust. Protects against water intrusion under high pressure (8,000–10,000 kPa) from a jet or from steam-jet cleaning from any direction.
Version
The choice of version allows the definition of certain technical specifications – for example the type of cable outlet or the size.
Installation type
Connectors are differentiated by installation type: those that are mounted in a device housing (panel mount) and those that are attached to cables.
EMC
Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) means that a connector is shielded or shieldable. This is required when it is necessary to protect the signals or data conducted by the connector, as well as to protect external devices, from disturbance due to electromagnetic effects.
Product segment
binder areas of application or type of connector.
  • Automation Technology Advancing digitisation and current manufacturing technologies make possible ever smaller and more high-performance elements in the areas of sensor technology and networking. Here, sensor technology means the detection of physical values and their conversion into electric values. These electric values are converted into a digital signal that can be transmitted by means of bus communication to other bus devices. This will make automated production more modular and flexible in the future, with a preference for standardised connectors like the models M8 and M12. The worldwide availability of the connectors and their adaptation to a broad range of applications have already led to numerous versions, e.g. codings.
Coding
To avoid mismating, the connector elements – the pin and socket – must be brought into form-fitting alignment with one another (coding) before being locked.
  • M12-A This coding has existed since M12 connectors began their rise to prevalence. Its standardised size in accordance with DIN EN 61076-2-101, with 4, 5, 8, 12 or 17 contacts, allows numerous possible applications, from power supply to data transmission.
Termination
The termination type determines how cables, single wires or PCBs can be joined with the connector.
  • cable Connectors pre-assembled with a cable, for installation in housings.
  • dip-solder The special form of the contacts enables a through-connection on a PCB and automated wave soldering.
  • moulded on cable Single wires are assembled and the cable joined with the connector by means of plastics injection moulding.
  • pluggable Adapters or distributors that are joined with a connector on each side. The version and locking system may vary for the different terminations.
  • reflow soldering Soldering process in which the entire connector is exposed to the soldering temperature in a soldering furnace. Special plastics allow brief resistance to temperatures of > 260°C. This termination enables, especially, contact on a PCB.
  • screw clamp The wires in a cable are pressed in the contact element radially by means of a screw, establishing the electrical contact.
  • single wires Connectors with contacts attached to individual wires ex factory. These can then be connected individually.
  • solder The contact and the individual wires of a cable are connected using solder.
  • wire clamp The connection of the individual wires of a cable with the contacts is established by spring power, allowing quick assembly.