Connection technology must supply devices with power, reliably transport signal and withstand the rigors of different environments. ifm’s ecolink product line is designed with this in mind.
Female and male cordsets
All ecolink products feature a ratcheting coupling nut design that maintains connection even in high vibration areas, a mechanical end-stop to prevent overtightening and deformation of the o-ring seal and materials of construction to resist chemical attack in harsh environments.
The innovative LED design of ecolink products offers high visibility even in well-lit areas. The black translucent housing of our connector allows for a much clearer view of the LEDs. Compare the images below.
M12 ecolink products have a unique alignment aid molded into the connector head. The arrow on the connector head points to the location of the keyway. This makes connection to the mating key much easier.
Shielded cables reduce the influence of electromagnetic noise by isolating the cable conductors.
Shielding connected to only one side of the cordset provides protection against low-frequency electric fields and shielding connected to both sides provide protection against high-frequency noise depending on cable length.
In both cases, the shield at the flying leads of the cable must be connected to earth ground. Below are two examples of how to accomplish this.
ifm offers both types of shielded cordsets.
The following notes are based on industry recommendations.