Switching to M12 L-coded Power Connectors and what it Signifies for You

As multiple factory machines are connected through the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), companies could soon bolt into a major problem. have you felt this shift: the promise of refined productivity from these connected machines producing more data demands additional power and space on your factory floor.

That is why the M12 L-coded Power Connectors have been selected by the PROFINET User Organization as the new standard for 24-volt power supply systems used in PROFINET devices. In the current PROFINET guideline “PROFINET Cabling and Interconnection Technology,” two round connectors with screw connections are specified for the 24-volt power supply, in addition to a push-pull rectangular connector.

This new guideline, scheduled for publication in April 2017, will replace these two variants with the L-coded M12 Power Connectors.  M12 L-coded Power Connectors are an extension of the current IEC standards. The most important thing  about these connectors is that they are smaller than the common market-standard of 7/8”, while delivering more power.

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Next Wave IIoT-Related Business Developments

Today we welcome guest blog author Greg Conary, Senior Vice President of Strategy at Schneider Electric, a Belden partner. Originally posted on Schneider’s blog, the article offers expertise we think you’ll find valuable.

Its is quite clear that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the future of industry. By now we have covered the point that IIoT is, in fact, not hype. For end users and OEMs, the IIoT, cloud and big data analytics are creating very real business opportunities.

IIoT not only amplifies the communication between machines and people – it is facilitating the next wave of value-added customized business services. ARC Advisory Group reports that 30 percent of end users and OEMs are already actively using IIoT tools or investing in projects. With OEMs for example, according to ARC, “IIoT provides new visibility that enables value-added services, competitive advantage for product design, and revenue growth. Adoption is no longer an option.”

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Machine Building & The IIoT

The IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) is disrupting the manufacturing industry in eliminating rigid structures of production facilities and replacing them with flexible, networked production facilities.

What does this mean for machine builders?

Find out in this blog post, where I share my answers to a few questions about how Belden helped German-based machine builder Erhardt + Abt take advantage of the IIoT by creating an intelligent robot system.

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Designing Machines for Global Use

Requirements for Machine builders today need to meet the demands of many diverse customers across the globe. And, since these clients usually prefer to use a specific industrial protocol, machine builders’ machines must adapt accordingly.

To make machine building easier, Belden’s Lumberg Automation brand developed the first multiprotocol I/O solution with M12 power (L-coded) connectors.

In this blog post, we share answers to a few questions about how Belden assisted one of its customers to easily meet global standards.

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An Elephant in the Industrial Control Room?

There is an elephant in industrial infrastructure control room. Most of the equipment within the US infrastructure sectors is at risk of aging out, currently requiring replacement and upgrades, yet still in production use.

Which means industrial networks, endpoints, control systems and other types of specialized systems and production equipment across many industries are in drastic need of replacement or upgrade.  For water and wastewater treatment facilities, the useful life of system components is estimated to be 15-95 years old according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and their report “Failure to Act – The Economic Impact of Current Investment Trends in Water and Wastewater Treatment Infrastructure”

Many of the components were installed in the 1950s for most major cities, years before today’s modern networks, technical advances, application architecture, industrial protocols, cyber security risks, compliance requirements, safety regulations and other factors applied.

Subsequently, It was no surprise when, in 2012, a large, growing California metropolis proposed funding for a new power generation and water treatment plant to increase capacity and replace its aging infrastructure

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F1 Racing Details a Real-Life Example of the IIoT

During an F1 race sensors in the car constantly communicate with the track, the pit crew, a team of engineers and the onsite broadcast crew. The immense volume of real-time data is put into predictive intelligence models and used for race strategy and car servicing. Data analysis and two-way communication happen simultaneously to create a competitive edge that can turn a losing car into a winner.

In many ways, the factory floor or industrial facility is like an F1 race car. Hundreds of sensors and machines generate more and more data. If you could input this data to the right decision-makers in a timely and easily decipherable way, how could your business be transformed? Could you improve reliability, efficiency, safety and production?

Some F1 teams are already transferring their knowledge to other industries. For example, Conoco Philips is testing this approach on oil rigs with assistance from the British automaker McLaren.

Five Ways to Move Forward on the IIoT

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) enables the connectivity that allows businesses to gather greater insights and make data-driven decisions to achieve greater results. Though we don’t know all the applications that our businesses will build on the IIoT, there are two things we do know for certain:

  • More and more devices will connect to our industrial networks.
  • More and more data will cross the network to feed business applications and provide finer-grained control.

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Consequences of Using the Wrong Cable in Your Industrial Application

Many manufacturers often try to save money by purchasing cabling products with a minimal up-front cost (and less features) and simply don’t meet the requirements of the application. In the end, this can result in an unwanted expensive mistake.

While savings on the front-end are tempting, there are many ways that the wrong cables can end up costing you much more in the long term. How? These cables simply cannot withstand the environmental conditions they face each day.

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Is Your Cable is Right for VFD Applications?

Variable frequency drives (VFDs) are key to the industrial world. Since they help adjust the speed and voltage supplied to the motor, manufacturing applications can adapt in real-time to changing requirements. On fans, pumps, conveyors and mixers – VFDs enable energy savings and increase precise process control, while also reducing wear-and-tear on industrial equipment. These benefits, make them one of the most useful components in discrete manufacturing and process plants.

4 essential criteria for VFD cabling…read full article.

JAYCOR @ Electra Mining Africa 2016

A big thank you to all our customers, colleagues and partners for joining us at the Electra Mining Africa 2016 expo in Nasrec. It was a magnificent platform, showcasing the latest in innovative technologies from leading African and global enterprises, spanning the industrial and mining sectors.  We greatly appreciated your input and insight into the industry, and will contact you shortly to discuss and requirements or enquiries from the show.

To learn more about JAYCOR’s industrial connectivity solutions, please visit jaycor.co.za/industry/industrial to view our full solutions offering, shop, and order online. Or connect with our professional sales and support teams.

Greg Pokroy
Director of Marketing & Product Development