Molex simplifies complex machinery operations with smart solutions

Dedicated computing equipment acts as the brain, the frame of the mechanical equipment forms the skeleton, and the machine’s motors, conveyors, and robots can be thought of as muscles responsible for lifting, propulsion, assembly, and palletizing. Ubiquitous sensors represent the five senses, alertly monitoring the surrounding environment. At the center of the machinery is the programmable logic controller (PLC), synchronizing motion and ensuring logical and functional safety to protect people, materials and machinery in the plant.

Modern mechanical equipment is very similar to the human body. Through continuous evolution, mechanical equipment is gradually “evolving” into sophisticated technologies and processes.

Dedicated computing equipment acts as the brain, the frame of the mechanical equipment forms the skeleton, and the machine’s motors, conveyors, and robots can be thought of as muscles responsible for lifting, propulsion, assembly, and palletizing. Ubiquitous sensors represent the five senses, alertly monitoring the surrounding environment. At the center of the machinery is the programmable logic controller (PLC), synchronizing motion and ensuring logical and functional safety to protect people, materials and machinery in the plant.

The abundance of power, signals, and data points on a machine might be likened to the human nervous system. Every power, signal, and data point (I/O) on a mechanical device requires a reliable and secure connection to a switchboard or control cabinet. In a complex machine or assembly line, the number of I/Os can be in the hundreds or more. Traditional hard-wiring on machines is a labor-intensive operation that creates a labyrinth of point-to-point contacts that require stripping, soldering, and possibly additional crimping.

Each connection point must be wired and fully tested before shipment, then disassembled and shipped to the customer’s site for reassembly. Commissioning work often requires the participation of electricians and engineers. In addition, every time the work of wiring and disconnecting wires is repeated, a risk is added to the machine manufacturer. In addition, at the factory, routine maintenance or troubleshooting of numerous motors and drives requires disconnecting and reconnecting hundreds of contacts before the problem can be found and resolved.

• Machine builders are interested in simplifying the commissioning and maintenance of machinery. Modular connections can bring significant advantages.
• Significantly reduces commissioning time
• Excellent mechanical stability and mechanical properties, IEC standardised
• Faster maintenance and troubleshooting
• Reduce downtime and increase productivity

In machines, where custom-configured modular components are used, technicians can quickly disconnect the machine and plug it directly into portable test equipment. Modularity provides full flexibility and scalability for rapid configuration, modification or expansion of machines and production lines.

Molex simplifies complex machinery operations with smart solutions

Figure 1: Molex’s product portfolio includes a range of modular airborne and in-cabinet power, signal and data solutions.

Industrial plants and processes are in a relatively harsh working environment, and there is a risk of liquids, dust and other contaminants in the environment entering the connector housing. Specialized modular connectors are designed and constructed to provide a secure and reliable link while protecting components from contamination. Molex’s heavy-duty connector solutions provide reliable performance in a wide variety of demanding applications. The latching structure ensures a secure seal, while the stability of the coupling prevents accidental disconnection due to vibration or shock.

Brad’s connectivity solutions are robust in design and are a trusted name and backbone in the machine design and industrial automation industries. Brad M23 solutions are primarily used for power applications in automation and material handling. Designed to withstand harsh industrial and climatic environments, Brad M12 connectors are of high quality and ensure extremely reliable connections for control elements in automation equipment. These high-quality connectors make it quick and easy to replace sensors, encoders, switches and other input and output devices in industrial machinery.

Molex simplifies complex machinery operations with smart solutions

Figure 2: Brad M12 cordsets and ruggedized MPIS safes simplify wiring in harsh factory environments.

The Brad Ultra-Lock system is M12 compatible and is designed to allow the use of push-pull connectors for IP67/IP68/IP69K rated sealed connections in industrial environments for great convenience. This push-pull connector features a patented “push-to-lock” technology that provides a secure and reliable connection to sensors, actuators and other controls. The sealing provided by Ultra-Lock technology exceeds traditional threaded connectors in performance and reliability.

Based on a circular M12 threaded interface design, the Brad Hybrid Connector Series takes up less space in automation control equipment and machine designs, and integrates power and data signal lines, reducing cabling requirements and installation time.

The machine-installable Brad HarshIO modules support all major industrial communication network PLC connections and protocols, including PROFIBUS-DP, DeviceNet, CANopen, Modbus TCP, EtherNet/IP and PROFINET IO. BradHarshIO modules are M12 connector compatible and feature diagnostic LEDs that provide network, power and I/O status information. The HarshIO module uses QuickConnect for EtherNet/IP and Quick Start technology for PROFINET, enabling fast and precise automatic tool changeovers for repetitive robots.

Some machine builders have been looking for cost-effective, high-density, high-performance, and seamless integration of fieldbus connections in harsh environments. Brad IO-Link master modules for EtherNet/IP and PROFINET are compatible with IO-Link When combined, digital hubs can meet their needs. These modules support the IO Link communication standard, extending the digital link down to the sensor and actuator level. The functionality of the module can be enhanced when used in conjunction with Brad IO Link digital IO hubs and analog adapters. Brad IO-Link solutions centralize machine information on a network-enabled node for conveyor lines, robotics, filling stations, labeling, palletizing and end-of-line tooling.

Modular power and connectivity solutions are designed to provide rapid commissioning of complex machinery and robotic systems. Reduced labor required for commissioning and faster commissioning, which simply means the start of a return on investment, with operational and commercial benefits that grow over time, reducing electrical commissioning time for industrial machinery and automation systems by up to 80% , and reduce the total installed cost to half of what it used to be.

As an authorized Molex distributor, Heilind can provide relevant service and support to the market. In addition, Heilind also supplies products from many of the world’s top manufacturers, covering 25 different component categories, and focusing on all market segments and all customers, Constantly seeking a broad product offering to cover all markets.

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