IP67 M8 SPE connections provide uninterrupted connectivity

29-07-2022 | TTI Europe | Connectors, Switches & EMECH

TTI Europe now stocks Amphenol IP67 M8 Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) connections for rugged industrial applications. Engineers can profit from uninterrupted connectivity from remote field devices to the cloud for improved uptime, but with a small M8-sized interface so they can decrease the size of their equipment.

SPE cables simplify connecting and powering edge devices by expanding the range and bandwidth of a single twisted pair. The cable supports PoDL to 52W, so data and power can be provided via a single wire pair, and it delivers exceptionally fast data transfer of 1Gbit/s per twisted pair and a data rate of 1000BASE-T1.

Also, an SPE cable is up to 60% lighter in weight than a traditional four-pair CAT 6 cable, indicating engineers can lower the weight of their machine. The M8 interface is also around a third of the size of an M12 connector, so that equipment size can be kept to a minimum.

The mechanical interfaces are all developed and made according to IEEE802.3bp standard, providing an exceptional reliability in harsh industrial environments so users can enhance process efficiency. The IP67 M8 connection has a vibration resistance in the frequency of 10-2,000Hz and provides high levels of protection against the ingress of dust and liquids, including submersion in water up to 1m depth.

“SPE is fast becoming recognised as the cable of choice in IIoT applications as it provides significant connectivity advantages compared to standard four-pair CAT 6 cables,” says Markus Lorenz, director Industry Marketing – Industrial Europe, at TTI Europe. “We are delighted to now stock Amphenol’s SPE cables with an M8 connection, so engineers have more choice and flexibility to specify the option most suited to their requirements. The SPE cables are another example of the wide range of solutions we offer as part of our 2022 Smart Factory – Industrial Network initiative.”

These SPE cables are offered shielded or unshielded, and there are four connector options: M8 (screw thread), M12 (screw thread and Push-Pull), FLOS+ (Push-Pull) and X-Lok (Push-Lock). The cables and connections are ideal for rugged applications with heavy-duty equipment across a wide range of industries, including renewable energy, railway and mass transit, industrial automation and automotive.

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