05. November 2009

Cooperation between Phoenix Contact and HARTING

The Phoenix Contact Group, Blomberg/Bad Pyrmont, and the HARTING Technology Group, Espelkamp, are pioneering the new generation of M12 connectors for maximum data rates.

With combined forces, the two companies are now launching the M12-Cat.6A connector. The compatible products offer users worldwide availability and the security of a market standard. These two leading manufacturers of industrial connection technology combine the expertise of high-frequency signal transmission with industry standard connection technology. Each partner will be responsible for manufacturing and marketing the product range.

Thanks to a new M12 generation, it is possible to meet the challenges of higher data rates. The M12-Cat.6A boasts a robust and compact design with high future viability. Compared with previous solutions with four contacts, the new eight-pin connector complies with the Ethernet standard and enables a data transmission rate of up to 10 gigabits per second across a distance of 100 meters. An innovative shielding system, including the shielding of individual data pairs, enables secure data transmission in environments subjected to high electromagnetic stress.

Panel feed-throughs, overmolded cables and connectors that can be assembled as required are presented at the SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2009 trade fair. This enables device manufacturers and mechanical and plant engineers to integrate these into the IEC PAS 61076-2-109 standardized connectors at an early stage.

About the companies:

Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co KG, Blomberg
Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG is a world leading developer and manufacturer of industrial and electrical and electronic technology. The company now employs a staff of over 10,200 worldwide, 5,600 of which are based in Germany. Global sales are handled by a network of 45 subsidiaries.

The product range includes modern components and system solutions for the electrical and electronic industries. These products are applied in industrial automation, energy supply, machinery and plant manufacturing, devices, as well as building installations.

HARTING Technology Group, Espelkamp
The HARTING Technology Group holds extensive and in-depth competence in the fields of electrical, electronic and optical connections, transmission and network technology, as well as in manufacturing, mechatronics and software creation. The Group draws on the strengths to develop customized solutions and products, such as connectors for energy and data transmission and networking. Applications include mechanical engineering, rail technology, wind energy, factory automation and the telecommunications sector. HARTING also produces electromagnetic components for the automotive industry and offers solutions for the enclosures and shop systems areas.
Today, the HARTING Group has more than 3,000 employees active at its subsidiaries in 28 countries.