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Companies collaborate on Ethernet connector spec

Anixter, Rockwell Automation, Panduit Corporation and the Siemon Company have banded together to develop an open specification for an industrially hardened Ethernet connector.The companies say Etherne...


September 1, 2000  


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Anixter, Rockwell Automation, Panduit Corporation and the Siemon Company have banded together to develop an open specification for an industrially hardened Ethernet connector.

The companies say Ethernet, widely used in office and manufacturing environments, is moving into real-time control applications in the plant. Consequently, they say the critical nature of these communications and the tough environment “dictated an industrial-hardened, commercial connector.”

The connector specification, based on the RJ45 connector, incorporates an IP67-rated seal and is designed to provide protection from moisture, dust, corrosion, EMI/RFI, vibration and shock typically found in industrial applications.

“This development represents a major step in bringing open Ethernet standards from the office environment to industrial applications,” said Andreas Somogyi, Ethernet Program Manager at Rockwell Automation. “This spec allows us and other manufacturers to more quickly introduce industrial Ethernet products, while providing end users with the level of consistency they need to integrate a complete solution.”


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