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With their connectors for assembly, Phoenix Contact provides all connection technologies suitable for your application in an M12 design. Choose between Push-in or QUICKON fast connection technologies or a crimp, pierce or screw connection.

Spring connection: simple and tool-free with Push-in Technology

M12 connectors with Push-in connection enable simple and reliable signal and data cabling.

Insulation displacement connection: contact within seconds using QUICKON

QUICKON provides the fastest connection for M12 connectors. The insulation displacement contact displaces the conductor insulation. It provides a resilient, vibration-resistant, and gas-tight conductor contact.

Crimp connection: compact and can be automated

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Crimp connection technology enables fast, automated connection wherever cables have to be assembled in large volumes. The extremely compact connector is suitable for railway applications.

Pierce connection: for high packing densities

Connectors with pierce connection are impressive due to their compact and nevertheless high-position design. The contact is made via a contact pin, which pierces the single wires axially.

Screw connection: the proven classic

The screw connection is one of the classic connection technology solutions. You can assemble a variety of cables and cable qualities universally on site.

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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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Featured Article: Strategies for Increasing Production Line Modularity


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In today's competitive business environment, customization is key. Manufacturers in all industries are expected to provide a wide range of sizes, colors, styles and assortments, and they are finding it essential to implement flexible manufacturing strategies in order to stay competitive.

The goal of these strategies is to reduce the effort required to change over from one product version to another. Let’s take a look at a couple of ways in which this can be accomplished.

Find ways to minimize rigidity

To determine how to make a system more flexible, it helps to find particular elements that are highly rigid and see how these could be made modular with cutting-edge technology. One example of an inflexible element is a conveyor belt. If conveyors connect production line stations, it can be extremely difficult to rearrange the line or add new stations.

Employing autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) with integrated conveying functionality can dramatically increase flexibility. These robots can take care of materials transport needs without requiring fixed pathways or any other changes to the factory floor. Today, we even see AMRs with integrated collaborative robotic arms that comprise a full pick-and-carry solution.

Avoid excessive part orientation hardware

Traditional parts feeding solutions, such as bowl feeders, typically require parts to be oriented in highly precise ways prior to feeding. Unfortunately, this calls for specific hardware that must be redesigned whenever a new type of part is being produced, dramatically increasing costs and lengthening the time required for a changeover.

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