Modular system delivers future-proof connections

Modular system delivers future-proof connections

Connector specialist Weidmüller has designed a system consisting of modules, module frames and data inserts, available in four module sizes to allow for individual plug solutions that save a huge amount of space. The new RockStar system is offered as a range of heavy-duty connectors from a single source that fit together to meet a wide range of requirements, the company says.

Weidmüller has offered sophisticated plug systems for demanding applications for some 40 years. The company’s traditional systems consisted of a housing and a fixed-pole insert with crimp contacts. To create more flexibility, the use of modular systems has become widespread over recent years, though Weidmüller became one of the first providers to offer this type of system as far back as 1996.
 
With the new RockStar ModuPlug, Weidmüller will start by offering ten modules, and will then gradually add more. The new system can also be obtained in ready-to-connect format so customers will benefit from simplified ordering and lean stock-keeping, as only one order number is required and there is no longer any need to purchase the individual components separately.
 
The primary objective of many users is to make their connections fit for the future. After all, industrial applications are becoming increasingly complex and the need for change continues to rise. At the same time, there is also a growing list of requirements for the connection technology deployed. Functionality in the smallest of installation spaces, safe installation and a fast retrofitting process are just some of the product properties that are demanded.
 
The modular plug-in connector system is not only aimed at current market requirements but has actually been designed to be particularly future-proof. The individual modules can be used to combine the many functions required for transferring power, signals and data within a single interface. Thanks to the wide range of module sizes, users can now fit more applications in one plug-in connector. ModuPlug reduces the amount of space required while also cutting costs compared with fixed-pole inserts and other modular plug connector systems.
 
Weidmüller says its new ModuPlug is setting standards in functionality, flexibility and simple installation in the area of electrical connectivity. The four different frame widths ensure maximum flexibility and a reduced module pitch means that more functions can be fitted into a small space, and the easy-to-handle push-in frame reduces assembly times and enables the modules to be fitted into the frames without using tools and still achieve housings with IP65 and IP68 protection.
 
A secure two-point fixation device prevents incorrect connection and keeps the modules tilt and vibration-resistant within the frame. The round and rectangular coding on the frame acts as a safety feature and allows for intuitive module plug-in. The High Power, which is an 100 A module, is now available in the new Single-Plus 1.5in width. It is narrower than the market standard and creates space for further modules within the frame. The High Speed Module, a compact 2-terminal Bus module, receives both Megabit and Gigabit data cable connectors. As a result, up to two Cat-6A cables, each with 10 Gbps, can be integrated into a single module.
 
The plug-in connector range is fire-safe and is certified to fire protection hazard level EN 45545 HL 3. For more information visit the Weidmüller website or telephone 0845 094 2006.