Molex introduces new HarshIO Industrial Ethernet I/O modules, allowing programmable logic controllers to connect to motorized drive rollers over an Ethernet fieldbus. This is done without requiring a proprietary system specific to one MDR manufacturer, pending the application and MDR type in use. This product is designed for system builders, integrators and end-users designing conveying lines for factory automation, material handling and baggage handling applications.
The modules feature a metallic plate for functional grounding; 4-pole and 5-pole power connector versions; Ultra-Lock M12 connectors; an IP67 seal; eight digital channels; four motor drive roller channels; diagnostic LEDs; three rotary switches; a two-port Ethernet switch; an Ethernet metallic plate to allow both ODVA and PI grounding strategies; and Ethernet fieldbus connectivity.
Compared to similar products, Molex MDR Modules simplify systems by controlling up to four MDRs on one module. The product also auto-detects both ITOH DENKI PM500XE/XP and INTERROLL EC310 MDRs and offers active MDR protection through smart energy dissipation.