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‘Smart click’ connectors

27 November 2007

New industrial M12 connectors from Omron feature a simple, secure, ‘smart click’ locking mechanism, yet retain full compatibility with the traditional screw lock styles. M12 connectors are widely used throughout industrial and process control installations, in particular to connect sensor I/O, and for fieldbus and industrial Ethernet installations.

Omron’s new XS5W series of M12 connectors lock on just an eigth of a turn, and feature a positive click to confirm secure locking. A bayonet lock mechanism helps prevent the connection working loose, even when exposed to considerable vibration. XS5W connectors offer the same IP67 protection as the screw locking connector, and remains compatible with the industry standard style. Both an XS5W socket and an XS5W plug can be connected to a standard connector using the normal screw method.

According to Omron, XS5W addresses the concerns of industrial electrical installers. They are quicker to install, requiring only a short turn instead of multiple turns, and there is no need to use a torque wrench to confirm correct tightness. This not only saves time, but also helps prevent reliability and maintenance issues caused by over- or under-tightening of the connector. The locking mechanism itself is internal, so is protected against contamination by sputtered fluids or dust.

Omron is initially releasing the XS5W in four-pole form, attached to a cable-assembly of 1m, 2m, 3m, 5m or 10m o standard or vibration proof robot cable. The company plans a full range of connectors, however, as well as an M8 version.

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