HARTING has introduced a range of Gigabit cabling components designed to extend the scope of industrial PROFINET applications into the Gigabit Ethernet range. Until now, PROFINET solutions have been based on Fast Ethernet operating at 100 Mbit/s, but the new HARTING products, which include all the familiar Fast Ethernet RJ45 PROFINET cabling components, will allow future PROFINET applications to work in conjunction with a Gigabit Ethernet platform.
PROFINET systems based on these products will offer more variety and performance as well as being faster. They will also give users the option of incorporating standard Gigabit devices into PROFINET solutions, with the cabling containing eight wires instead of four. For RJ45 wiring, HARTING has defined the so-called modularity principle in a company standard which guarantees the mechanical compatibility of the RJ45
connector with the various IP65/67 housings such as the Han® 3A or PushPull V.14 (AIDA interface). For PROFINET users, this means that all the well-known 4-wire RJ45 PROFINET cabling components are now available in an 8-core version. In combination with HARTING quality, the PROFINET standard guarantees users ease of handling and a reliable network over the entire life of a system. In addition to the established PROFINET cabling components such as type A, B or C cables and connection technology based on RJ45 or M12, 8-wire cabling has also added a new element: the control cabinet cord. This RJ45 system cord, newly defined by the PNO (PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation e.V.), is designed for use in control cabinets and IP20/30 environments.
It features an 8-core design and is based on an AWG26 cable. This gives it significant flexibility, making it ideal for space-saving installation for short links or for connections that can only be achieved through tight bending radii in the cabinet. HARTING offers a wide range of factory-tested control cabinet cords. They are fully assembled with the RJ45 connectors over-moulded with DualBoot® technology, and are designed to be extremely robust. HARTING is at the same time expanding its range of 4-wire PROFINET system cords, offering robust design and reliable transmission quality.
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