Fluke Networks Releases DSX CableAnalyzer™ Adapter for ix Industrial® Ethernet Connector
May 13, 2019 / Everett, WA
Allows Complete Certification of Links Based on IEC Standard High-Performance, Small Form Factor Adapter
Today, Fluke Networks, HIROSE and HARTING announced the availability of an adapter supporting the ix Industrial® connector for its DSX CableAnalyzer™ family of network cabling certification tools. The ix Industrial® is a rugged Ethernet connector for harsh environments, based on IEC 61076-3-124 standard with a 70% smaller size than the traditional 8-pin modular (“RJ-45”) connector. This new Ethernet interface is a joint development of HIROSE and HARTING. The new adapter allows the DSX Series to connect to cabling systems employing the ix Industrial® connector for the purposes of pre-startup verification and troubleshooting.
The ix Industrial® connector was developed in cooperation between the technology partners HIROSE and HARTING and was introduced to the market 2016. HIROSE and HARTING understand the need for pre-startup testing of cabling systems. They stated: “Even when customers and contractors use top quality components, variations in the installation process can cause issues ranging from intermittent to total network failures leading to unplanned downtime. Certifying the installed cabling to industry standards during deployment reduces start-up time and prevents costly cabling-related downtime.”
The miniaturized ix Industrial® connector supports communications rates to 10 Gbps when used with Category 6A or Class EA cabling. Its rugged design features an enhanced PCB retention force, durability up to 5,000 cycles, and a high level of resistance to Electromagnetic Interference (EMI). Several major companies have endorsed the connector already for use as an Ethernet interface. With the market trend for smaller devices, such as vision sensors and small controllers, the need for miniaturized connections is growing and the ix Industrial® connector is a suitable solution for this market requirement.
The Fluke Networks DSX CableAnalyzer Series is part of the industry’s leading cabling certification system, supporting the most extensive variety of in-plant cabling up to and including Category 8, single and multi-mode fiber, and standards from the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), International Standards Organization (ISO) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Over thirty cabling manufacturers worldwide have endorsed the DSX CableAnalyzer Series for certification of their installed systems. The DSX CableAnalyzer Series performs rigorous tests with simple pass/fail results and features extensive diagnostics that slash troubleshooting time.
“Research shows that more than half of all Industrial Ethernet failures can be traced to cabling issues,” stated Walter Hock, Vice president and General Manager of Fluke Networks. “Examples include failed connectors, cable or shield breaks, susceptibility to electromagnetic interference or moisture, and cables that don’t meet specification or are simply too long. The DSX CableAnalyzer Series can now ensure that installed cables with IX connectors are suitable for Industrial Ethernet environments before machinery starts running or troubleshoot these problems quickly in the case of failure.”
Availability: The IX adapter for the DSX CableAnalyzer Series is manufactured by Fluke Networks and is exclusively available through HIROSE and HARTING resellers.
HIROSE Electric, as one of the world’s leaders in the connectivity industry, specializes in the challenging development and manufacture of electronic connectors in a wide range of industries, including industrial, automotive, information & communication, medical and consumer electronics particularly for the smartphone. With more than 80 years of experience, HIROSE’s expertise is not only miniaturizing, but also high-speed, high-reliability, high-power and advanced manufactory technologies. HIROSE has 28 sales offices globally, 8 manufacturing facilities in 18 different countries, with dedicated teams of over 4,500 professionals generating sales of JPY 125 billion in the 2017/18 fiscal year.
The HARTING Technology Group is one of the world's leading providers of industrial connection technology for the three lifelines of Data, Signal and Power and has 14 production plants and 44 sales companies. Moreover, the company also produces retail checkout systems, electromagnetic actuators for automotive and industrial series use, charging equipment for electric vehicles, as well as hardware and software for customers and applications in automation technology, mechanical and plant engineering, robotics and transportation engineering. In the 2017/18 fiscal year, some 5,000 employees generated sales of EUR 762 million.
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