M-style connectors are categorised by the size of the threaded locking nut; these include M8, and M12 connectors. Tough and robust, these waterproof, circular screw connectors are the de-facto standard in the process industry for reliable automated connections: protected to IP67 and Food + Beverage Industry types to IP69K. The M8/M12 standard is also ideal for applications where a compact, reliable connection system with IP67 environmental protection or extra heat resistance is required. M8/M12 connectors provide a future-proof interface that supports higher-bandwidth needs, meeting the requirements of up to 10GB/s. Conec offer one of the widest ranges of sensor and actuator overmoulded cordsets with a choice from 3 to 12 contact axial or right angled connectors, with/without LEDs in 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10m assembly lengths. All of the leading BUS protocols are also available.
These M12 connectors may also be coded. The common used keyed types are:
A-Coded; used with Sensor Actuators
B-Coded; used with field buses
D-Coded; used with Industrial Ethernet
P-Coded; used with EtherCAT-P
S & T-Coded; used for Power transmission
X-Coded; used with10 Gbps Ethernet
Connectors and adapters with 4, 5, 8 and 12 contacts are available with 0.5mm long single wires as well as well as pin contacts for the M12x1 connection to the device. Front mounted flange connectors with wires are also available and can be positioned with a lock nut. Flange connectors and adapters for rear housing mounting; with different length pin contacts for soldering directly on the printed circuit board complete the programme. An installation flange for direct assembly on the printed circuit board is also available with a shielded connection option in an axial and angled version. A spring-loaded shield plate connects the flange housing directly to the printed circuit board, which is especially important in bus applications. All products in this series are designed for a printed circuit board thickness of 1.6mm and a device wall thickness of 2-3mm. You can select from two different installation heights (10.0mm and 5.5mm) for the axial version.