Support Industry 4.0 / Smart Factory applications with compact, rugged connectors

September, 2014 – TTI, Inc., the world’s leading specialist distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components, is stocking TE Connectivity’s (TE’s) mini I/O industrial connector system. This compact, latching, wire-to-board I/O interface measures one-quarter the size of a conventional RJ45 plug and features two points of contact for increased reliability in high vibration industrial applications. 

Norbert Piefer, TTI’s Director Industry Marketing Industrial in Europe explains: “Increasing levels of factory automation – driven by concepts such as Industry 4.0 and the Smart Factory - rely on everything within the factory environment being connected. Devices such as sensors and actuators monitor operations and implement actions, using the Internet or Ethernet-based systems to transmit data to the control centre and to other equipment, and to receive instructions. Therefore local connectivity is vital. Not only are mini I/O connectors much smaller than RJ45 types, they can also withstand much higher vibration acceleration (25G vs 10G for RJ45). This additional reliability is crucial in the industrial environment because if a sensor cannot communicate with the machine control, the equipment will have to be taken out of service.”

Mini I/O connectors are available in two coding options to help prevent mismating. Each connector contains eight individual contacts that accommodate I/O signals or industrial Ethernet, and are available in angled and vertical configurations, and surface-mount and through-hole options. The unique latching system protects the plug from pull-out in high vibration environments. The latest addition to the mini I/O product family is a field installable version with an innovative and time-saving wire termination and an easy to use hand tool that allows for field assembly in virtually any environment. 

Adds Piefer: “TE named TTI as an Industrial Focus Distributor (IFD) because of our design expertise, which is vital for products such as mini I/O connectors. To support industrial customers, we have put in an exclusive stocking package and are the only distributor in Europe to be able to offer advanced stock of the field installable version of this product family.”

* 0814-TTI-TE-Mini-IO.pdf
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