Mechatronics Canada

December 10, 2020

Expansion modules snap onto the side of any BRX Micro PLC Unit (MPU) or BRX Remote I/O controller.

Newly added BRX discrete I/O modules include 5, 8, and 16-point relay output modules (starting at $55) with Form A (SPST) and Form C (SPDT) options; 16-point 2-5 VDC discrete input and output modules (starting at $55); a 16-point 2-5 VDC discrete combination input/output module; and the HSIO4 high-speed pulse combo module ($219) capable of handling up to a 2MHz frequency in differential or single-ended wiring configurations.

In addition, a new Pluggable Option Module (POM) with full Ethernet capability and support for MQTT Client, Do-more, EtherNet/IP, Ethernet remote I/O, and Modbus TCP protocols (for use with Ethernet MPUs only) ($79) has also been added to the lineup.

Learn more by visiting: www.automationdirect.com/brx-plcs.

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Featured Article: Decoding the Most Versatile Industrial Connector in the World


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If you were around in 1980’s you will probably remember walkmans, vcrs, mix tapes and big hair bands on MTV, amongst other things. The decade started with the release of PacMan, the Rubiks Cube and a Hollywood actor called Ronald Reagan winning the US Presidential election. It ended with the first episode of the Simpsons, Timothy Berners-Lee inventing the World Wide Web and the Berlin Wall coming down to symbolize the end of the Cold War.

Some notable 1980’s inventions included the first artificial heart, CD players, the Apple MacIntosh computer, Microsoft Windows, the Nintendo Gameboy and the first GPS satellite to be launched into space.

But there was one more invention of the 1980s that wasn’t really noticed by the general public, but ultimately paved the way for fast, easy and reliable electrical connections that we often take for granted in control systems today. We are talking about the M12 circular connector that was launched at the Hannover Fair in 1985 and has since become one of the most popular industrial connectors in the world.

These days, you will be hard-pressed to walk into any manufacturing plant without seeing an M12 connector. They are used to connect sensors to I/O modules, vision systems to Ethernet switches, light curtains to safety controllers and much more. Originally only available in 3-pole and 4-pole versions with an A-Coded keyway for power and I/O signals, the M12 connector is still evolving and has become one of the most versatile circular connectors available.

Now, more than 35 years since it was launched, there are many different types of M12 connectors for signal, data and power connections.

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