Rectangular Connectors Help IIOT Transform Factory Automation

Industrial Internet of Things is progressively transforming production with intelligent machines and systems that exchange data, signal, and power. The proliferation of networking technologies in the “smart factory” naturally raises the question of how best to connect the digital realm with physical machinery. But as IIOT develops, cables and particularly connectors will not only become more important, they will be indispensable for a long time to come.
While cables enable machine-to-machine communication quickly and without interference, machining stations are becoming increasingly modular and occasionally require re-arrangement to accommodate different production needs. For this reason, connectors are replacing hard wiring because they can easily be released and re-inserted elsewhere when necessary.

Flexibility Drives Sustainability Within IIOT, the automated smart factory demands more sustainable industrial connectors that can meet stringent demands such as those associated with significant movements like vibration, speed and acceleration — most notably in drag chains or robots. Sustainability is just as important, and means built-in flexibility to accommodate machines’ expanding capabilities such as retrofitting a robot with a camera for quality inspection.

LAPP is embracing this aspect of IIOT with easily expandable connectors. The LAPP EPIC® MH modular connector, for example, can accommodate a wide variety of cables with connector modules for power, signal, and data. When a machine adds a new function, designers can easily implement a new module or replace it with a different one. Any combination of inserts is possible, and users can select from up to 138 million housing variations. This flexibility is particularly beneficial to sectors that are industrializing on a large scale, like the food industry.

In addition to exhibiting exceptional adaptability and flexibility, the EPIC® MH series also features:

Power ratings up to 200A and 1 kV.
Data rates up to 10 Gbit/s.
A modular frame with an easy locking assembly. Leading industry-standard modules can also be mounted with an adapter clip.
Connectors Are Poised to Handle Current and Future Functions

Advances in Industry 4.0 will create a growing need for flexible and adaptable methods to convey signals, data and power in real-time for the ever-changing factory floor. Unlike hard-wiring, rectangular connectors can easily adapt to machines’ modularity and expanding functionality. LAPP's EPIC® MH series boasts outstanding flexibility which makes it well-suited to handle the smart factory’s wide range of stringent requirements as well as virtually any future demands.

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