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Brad HarshIO module to boost Ethernet connectivity

27 Sep 2013

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Brad HarshIO module to boost Ethernet connectivity

Molex has unveiled the latest Ethernet version of its Brad HarshIO compact 30mm modules geared to provide industrial fieldbus connectivity for PROFINET. The company said the modules allow IP67-rated, small form-factor for high-density machine I/O connections. The module has potential applications in various fields, including automotive, automation, and food and beverage.

"Space-saving HarshIO M8 Ethernet modules are machine-mountable to directly connect industrial controllers to I/O devices even in the toughest environments," states Eric Gory, product manager, Molex. "A narrow housing and easy configuration make the modules an economical choice for machine builders transitioning from a traditional PROFIBUS to a PROFINET fieldbus."

Brad HarshIO Ethernet Compact modules are available in fixed and user configurable I/O versions where the PROFINET controller can configure (via GSD file) each port as an Input, Output (up to 0.5A) or Universal digital channel.

Featuring an IP67-rated housing, Brad HarshIO modules provide protection against dust, liquid and vibration. Machine mounting saves on cabinet space and reduces wiring costs in the field. An integrated two-port switch with 100mbps delivers full duplex data transmission and enables a daisy-chain wiring topology for additional cost-savings. The Molex patented Ultra-Lock push-to-lock connection system ensures fast and safe IP67-sealed connection of cord sets for quick commissioning.

The flexible HarshIO 8-port design supports high density I/O points for attaching sensing devices, actuators or any single digital signal device in a compact space. Featuring built-in protection to help prevent short circuit and current overload, the configurable HarshIO modules come with diagnostic LEDs for visual feedback on network, power and I/O status.

"Machine builders require economical connectivity solutions to replace complex wiring and terminal boxes. Harsh-duty Brad modules are industry-compliant and proven in some of industry's most rugged automotive, automation, food and beverage, and other industrial applications," adds Eric Gory.

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