“WOW” Customisable M8 and M12 Plugs

“Custom or non-standard cable lengths are often required nowadays.”

In order to meet these demands, Weidmüller offers a wide range of plug-in connectors for custom assembly.

These include male plugs and female sockets for customisable assembly for M8, M12, M16 and 7/8″ connections which are highly robust and ideally suited to machine engineering.

The M8 round plug-in connectors are particularly suited to applications where space is limited.

The M8 round plug-in connector

The M8 round plug-in connectors are particularly suited to applications where space is limited.

The screw connection can be used in a wide range of applications.

It is the classic, cheapest form of connection technology that also supports multi-conductor connections.

 

M12 plug-in connector in IP 67 available with screw or tension clamp connection

The M12 plug-in connector

You can find out more about our most popular M8 and M12 plugs, or alternatively, please feel free to call us on 0845 094 2006.

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This post was updated by Lesley Young from Weidmüller UK.

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Photovoltaic Condition Monitoring Solutions

“Innovative Measuring and Monitoring”

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You can now see our latest microsite on Photovoltatic Condition Monitoring solutions, which highlights the key benefits of our electrical connectivity and combiner box solutions. In addition, you can view a short documentary video which was produced in partnership with Goldbeck and GSSG Solar at the Goldbeck PV Park based in Sandridge, and which was shown on Fox Business TV on 28th January, 2017.

You can also visit our website for further information or alternatively  email us or call us on 0845 094 2006.

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Klippon® Connect Application Range: PUSH IN Electronic load monitoring

Load monitoring and potential distribution in one complete solution
maxGUARD – taking control voltage distribution to a new level

With a combination of load monitoring and potential distribution you can save time during installation, increase safety against failure and reduce the amount of space required on the terminal rail, some of the benefits you’ll receive from using our new Klippon® Connect, PUSH IN maxGUARD electronic load monitor

GR_maxGUARD_HA_1Fail-safe and maintenance-friendly control voltage distributions that can be installed in a time and space saving manner are a must for efficient machine and facility operation. With the new maxGUARD system, the terminal blocks (previously installed separately) for distributing potential to the outputs of the electronic load monitor becomes an integral part of a 24 V DC control voltage distribution solution.

 Space-saving design

  • Save up to 50% with optional distribution terminal blocks
  • Electronic load monitors in a 6.1 mm pitch
  • Combined solution for fewer components

Time saving

  • Maximise time saving on wiring thanks to PUSH IN technology
  • Consistent cross-connection systems
  • Tailored assembly and ordering using the Weidmüller Configurator

 Customised

  • Select the quantity and rating of the load monitors
  • Integrate distribution and test disconnect terminals

Coloured pushers

  • Potentials are easy to tell apart
  • Faster installation
  • Incorrect wiring is prevented

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You can watch the video or for further information, visit our Klippon® Connect microsite website or see our product specific information.  Alternatively you can email us or call us on 0845 094 2006.

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Where now for PV in the UK?

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In recent years, the photovoltaic (PV) sector in the UK has grown dramatically. In 2015 the UK achieved the highest growth rate in Europe, with 3.5 GW of extra capacity added, to reach a total in excess of 10 GW. Policies and regulations implemented by the UK government in recent years have driven the development of the PV sector, moving the country toward the ambitious goals set for 2030. These include 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, 27% share for renewable energy sources and 27% improvement in energy efficiency.

Recent changes in UK regulations might be seen as having the potential to curb this strong growth in the PV sector. The reality however is that the regulatory regime is still favourable for installations over 5 MW and it is these that greatly contribute to the expansion of installed capacity.

In fact, according to official figures released in June 2016, 51% of the total installed PV capacity in the UK is made up of installations of 5 MW or greater and it is in this type of installation that Weidmüller products and services are making a major contribution. As one of the market leaders in DC combiner boxes for PV applications, with a market share of 20% in 2015, the company has supplied its products for use in numerous utility-scale projects.

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The two factors that have made the largest contributions to the popularity of these products are Weidmüller’s ability and willingness to provide tailor-made solutions for each project, and the versatility of its product range. Options available include, for example, provision for handling both AC and DC power, the ability to take power directly from the string without the need for an auxiliary power source, segregated terminals to facilitate maintenance, and landscape-format enclosures to allow easy installation below the PV panels.

In addition, Weidmüller combiner boxes comply fully with the requirements of IEC 61439-2, thereby providing users with the assurance that they will perform safely, reliably and to specification. The boxes, which are now available for use at 1.5 kV allow big savings to be made on installation and wiring costs for the PV system. The boxes also incorporate effective and dependable surge protection, which is an important benefit for users.

Weidmüller combiner boxes support comprehensive monitoring for the PV array, down to string level. Monitoring each and every string makes it much easier for users to optimise the performance of their PV installations, and also to spot incipient problems – such as potential induced degradation (PID) – so that they can be promptly addressed.

Leading solar energy development companies have, in recent years, successfully developed and installed many large-scale PV systems in the UK. Many of these incorporate Weidmüller combiner boxes with string monitoring. The feedback from these and other users is uniformly positive with reports of excellent reliability and performance.

img_0822One major company commented, for example, “We look for connection solutions that accurately meet our demanding requirements, which can vary from site to site. In every instance, Weidmüller has provided us with exactly what we need, delivering technologically advanced products that offer the highest levels of performance.”

Another company was equally enthusiastic saying, “We carried out a great deal of research into finding the right equipment to use in our systems. One of our most important conclusions was that string monitoring would be essential if we were to consistently achieve the ambitious performance targets that are a hallmark of our installations. Our investigations showed that Weidmüller’s products were undoubtedly the best for our needs. In particular, they support our key objective of providing our customers with dependable and efficient long-term solutions.”

So much for current successes, but what does the future hold for PV in the UK? As already mentioned, the recent changes to the regulatory regime are far from helpful, but the true outlook is not nearly as gloomy as some have painted it. There are, for example, 500 active sites for future PV expansion in the UK, counting only those that already have planning approval and other consents in place.

In addition, although most new development is likely to be confined to installations of 5 MW or greater, established developers can continue and are still continuing with smaller scale installations. And, while outside the scope of this article, opportunities abound for UK-based solar power companies to provide systems for use overseas, particularly in Latin America, in Africa and, looking a little closer to home, in Ireland.

Returning to the UK scene, the main goal for PV energy is, as is also the case elsewhere, grid parity – the energy produced by PV sources must be comparable in cost with the energy produced by other methods so that there is no longer a need for support or subsidies. Achieving this parity is a major challenge although much progress has been made and continues to be made.

But the achievement of grid parity is not the only challenge for solar power in the UK, where the extended time needed to gain approval for new projects and the uncertain outlook for funding regulations are making it increasingly difficult to raise finance for new plants.

Also few would seek to deny that the UK’s forthcoming separation from the EU is making the future even more fluid and uncertain. Fortunately there is every prospect that the impact of these factors will diminish over time, and the UK’s commitment to clean energy will once again drive the PV sector forward.

photo-4This continued growth will be supported by technological advances, including the trend, alluded to earlier, for solar arrays to move to operation at 1,500 V, instead of the 1,000 V that has been most frequently used up to now. This change will allow longer arrays of PV modules to be used along with smaller cables, significantly reducing costs of both materials and installation.

In fact, it can be confidently stated cost reduction by this and other means will underpin the future success of the solar power sector in the UK and around the world. And why can this statement be made with such certainty, given the challenges and doubts discussed in this article? The answer is simple. If planet Earth is to remain a comfortable place to live, not just for us but also for future generations, solar power isn’t just another option, it’s indispensable!

You can visit our website for further information or alternatively you can email us or call us on 0845 094 2006.

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Klippon® Connect Application Range: A-Series, PUSH IN Signal Wiring

Clear wiring for high-density signalling levels

Create clearly structured signal wiring for sensors or actuators whilst reducing the amount of panel space, some of the benefits you’ll receive from using our new Klippon® Connect, PUSH IN signal wiring terminals.

GR_Terminals_Signal_Wiring_AIO21_HA_1With the current levels of automation, there are more and more sensors monitoring the production process, requiring more signal connections. Given the restricted space in the control cabinet, this can become a real challenge. Our application-specific initiator/actuator terminal blocks (AIO) are specially designed for the signal wiring requirements posed by automation now and into the future

Time saving

  • Simple to use thanks to PUSH IN technology
  • Convenient plus/minus potential distribution through range of cross connection options
  • Simple wiring thanks to colour-coded pushers

Space saving

  • Up to four different potentials on a terminal just 3.5 mm wide
  • Structuring and combining of signals in confined spaces

Coloured pushers

  • A separate colour for each conductor: positive, negative, signal or PE
  • Faster installation
  • Incorrect wiring is prevented

You can watch the video or for further information, visit our Klippon® Connect microsite at or see our product specific pages.  Alternatively you can email us or call us on 0845 094 2006.

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Weidmüller RJ45 PCB sockets: efficient device connection for Industrial Ethernet interfaces

“The Weidmüller RJ45 connection components for PCBs meet the highest demands and comprise RJ45 PCB sockets with or without electronic components and integrated PCB.”

Trends such as the transition from fieldbus to Industrial Ethernet technologies have created the need for an increasing variety of new RJ45 PCB socket models in order to produce more customised housing designs. The constantly increasing volume of data transmissions in Industrial Ethernet applications also calls for different RJ45 PCB socket versions. The new RJ45 PCB sockets from Weidmüller offer an impressive solution that ensures efficient device connection for Industrial Ethernet interfaces. All Weidmüller RJ45 connection components for PCBs meet the highest demands and perform reliably even in harsh conditions.

The RJ45 product range includes standing and flat designs, versions with top and bottom latching hooks, and versions for SMD or THR soldering methods.

The RJ45 product range includes standing and flat designs, versions with top and bottom latching hooks, and versions for SMD or THR soldering methods.

The RJ45 product range from Weidmüller includes standing and flat designs, versions with top and bottom latching hooks to keep device dimensions to a minimum, and versions for SMD or THR soldering methods. Each PCB socket guarantees the secure transmission of high data rates. The RJ45 PCB sockets are available either with or without electronic components. An RJ45 socket with electronic components would have an integrated PCB, for POE, POE+, 100 Mbit/s, 1 gigabit and 10 gigabit for example. The PCBs can also be fitted out based on the customer’s specific requirements.

Harsh industrial environments and increasing data rates mean that high-quality individual components are crucial. Conventional interface solutions are often no longer sufficient in this regard, as data losses may occur due to the absence of shielding, or it may not be possible to achieve the required speeds due to insufficient transmission characteristics. The fully shielded design of the Weidmüller RJ45 sockets ensure secure data transmission at all times, with high levels of electromagnetic compatibility. As a result, the RJ45 sockets can also be used in sensitive or electromagnetically charged areas. The RJ45 PCB sockets also have a future-proof design, illustrated by the fact that the RJ45 components are classified as Cat-5 or Cat-6 (gigabit applications).

The RJ45 PCB sockets in the Weidmüller range have variable outlet directions, meaning that the 90°/180° versions allow for optimal adaptation to an extremely wide range of housing designs. Whether customers are looking to use SMD or THR technology, Weidmüller has the right product for either assembly method. The contacts are precisely gold-plated with a standard layer thickness of 30 µ-inch flash gold.

RJ45 PCB sockets with integrated electronic components or integrated PCB

RJ45 PCB sockets with integrated electronic components or integrated PCB

The integrated electronics in the RJ45 PCB sockets provide a range of benefits, helping to save space and reduce assembly costs. The sockets also offer increased reliability as the circuitry is located inside the connector and the connector is fully shielded. The board integrated into the connector socket contains electronic components such as coils, resistors and capacitors, and offers the circuit options 10/100/1000 base-T, 1 gigabit and 10 gigabit, PoE and PoE+.

Weidmüller offers a 72-hour sample service for its RJ45 PCB sockets.Customers can access 3D data online at any time from the Weidmüller homepage. The large product range provides high levels of flexibility for all users, and customer-specific solutions are also possible as required. For automatic assembly machines, Weidmüller provides component packaging with the following quantities: from 1 tray (from 60 pieces) or belt (from 100 pieces).

You can find out more on our website, or alternatively, please feel free to call us on 0845 094 2006.

Weidmüller – electrical connection, transmission and conversion of power, signals and data in the industrial environment – Let’s connect.

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Klippon® Connect Application Range: A-Series PUSH IN Control Voltage Distribution

Safe supply to equipment in the cabinet

Simplifying your panel layout, reducing the number of components and saving space are just some of the advantages you’ll receive from using our new Klippon® Connect, PUSH IN, Control Voltage Distribution terminals.

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Electrical energy from the power supply is distributed throughout the panel to a wide range of control equipment. Often, a daunting number of conductors have to be wired in a very confined space. This can quickly lead to incorrect wiring.

Klippon® Connect application products make it a great deal easier setting up your complete control voltage distribution solution in a clear and compact way. The modular concept can be tailored adapted to suit each application.

 Space-saving design

  • Save up to 50% with optional 6 conductor terminal blocks
  • Positive and negative potentials on one terminal
  • Combined solution for fewer components

Time saving

  • Maximise time saving on wiring thanks to PUSH IN technology
  • Consistent cross-connection systems
  • Tailored assembly and ordering using the Weidmüller Configurator

 Coloured pushers

  • Potentials are easy to tell apart
  • Faster installation
  • Incorrect wiring is prevented

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You can watch the video and for further information, visit our Klippon® Connect microsite, view our latest news ,  or see our product specific pages.  Alternatively you can email us or give us a call on 0845 094 2006.

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