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Molex Debuts Brad® IP67 IO-Link Solutions for PROFINET Network

Molex recently introduced a Brad® IP67 solution portfolio based on IO-Link technology, the open standard protocol for industrial communication, which allows fieldbus and manufacturer-independent connections of smart sensors and actuators to a network.

"Brad® IO-Link solutions enable the design of a new generation of industrial machines that require high availability and scalability, as well as extensive use of diagnostics for preventive and corrective maintenance," said Eric Gory, product manager, Molex.

Quick and reliable Brad IP67 IO-Link solutions connect industrial controllers to IO devices in harsh environments where liquids, dust or vibration may be present. The IP67-rated housing on the Brad® HarshIO Ethernet module eliminates the need for a protective cabinet. The patented Ultra-LockTM push-to-lock connection system allows fast, safe, operator independent IP67-sealed connection of cordsets.

Brad IO-Link solutions include IP67 PROFINET IO-Link master modules in 60mm format and IP67 IO-Link digital hubs. The PROFINET master module features eight M12 ports with on each port of an IO-Link master channel and a configurable digital I/O channel. The digital hubs are available in 16 Inputs or 12 Inputs + 4 Outputs versions.

The daisy-chain wiring topology and integrated 2-port switch with 100 Mbps full duplex data transmission enable the wiring of applications without switches for a lower overall cost to machine builders. Advanced module features such as short-circuit protection, media redundancy protocol (MRP), web server and visible diagnostic LEDs offer ease-of-use and simpler machine operation.

"IP67-rated modules and digital hubs for PROFINET allow Molex customers to take advantage of the benefits of a modular, distributed architecture in applications where this was not previously possible," adds Gory.

For more information on Brad IP67 IO-Link solutions and other integrated Brad solutions for manufacturing automation from Molex, please visit www.molex.com/link/harshio.html.

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Molex brings together innovation and technology to deliver electronic solutions to customers worldwide. With a presence in more than 40 countries, Molex offers a full suite of solutions and services for many markets, including data communications, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, commercial vehicle and medical. For more information, please visit www.molex.com.

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