The automated smart factory demands more sustainable industrial connectors that can meet stringent demands such as those associated with significant movements like vibration, speed and acceleration — most notably in drag chains or robots. Sustainability is just as important, and means built-in flexibility to accommodate machines’ expanding capabilities such as retrofitting a robot with a camera for quality inspection. LAPP (Florham Park, NJ) is embracing this aspect of IIOT with easily expandable connectors. The LAPP EPIC MH modular connector, for example, can accommodate a wide variety of cables with connector modules for power, signal and data. When a machine adds a new function, designers can easily implement a new module or replace it with a different one. Any combination of inserts is possible, and users can select from up to 138 million housing variations. This flexibility is particularly beneficial to sectors that are industrializing on a large scale, like the food industry. In addition to exhibiting exceptional adaptability and flexibility, the EPIC MH series also features:
- Power ratings up to 200A and 1 kV.
- Data rates up to 10 Gbit/s.
- A modular frame with an easy locking assembly. Leading industry-standard modules can also be mounted with an adapter clip.
- Connectors poised to handle current and future functions.
Advances in Industry 4.0 will create a growing need for flexible and adaptable methods to convey signals, data and power in real-time for the ever-changing factory floor. Unlike hard-wiring, rectangular connectors can easily adapt to machines’ modularity and expanding functionality. LAPP's EPIC MH series boasts outstanding flexibility which makes it well-suited to handle the smart factory’s wide range of stringent requirements as well as virtually any future demands.