Molex introduces its new Brad HarshIO IP67 Compact Ethernet Module, which features a compact housing format to help meet customer requirements for in-cabinet or on-machine mounting, as well as being compatible with the M8 and M12 connectors. The Ethernet modules are a machine-mountable solution for connecting industrial controllers to I/O devices in harsh-duty environments. Narrow 30mm housings are well suited to compact machines where space is limited. The I/O channels, which can be individually configured as inputs or outputs with M8 or M12 connectors, are good for attaching sensing devices or actuators. This enables machine designers and installers to connect a digital signal and maintain a high density of I/O points using the minimum amount of space while eliminating wiring errors and provide faster installation times.
Featuring an IP67-rated housing to resist dust, liquid and vibration, on-machine mounting of the Ethernet module eliminates the need for a protective cabinet. The daisy-chain wiring topology and integrated 2-port switch with 100 Mbps full duplex data transmission enables an application to be wired entirely without switches at a lower cost. Supporting PROFINET 'Simple Device Replacement' the patented Ultra-Lock push-to-lock connection system allows fast, safe, operator independent IP67-sealed connection of cordsets.