Industrial Articles

New Circular Connectors Add to Multi-Billion Dollar Market

One of the earliest and most popular types of connectors continues to see design refinements and innovations. An examination of the huge circular connector market finds that commercial and industrial types are most specified in MIL/Aero applications. Creative COTS are used everywhere. There is not an industry today that isn’t designing equipment to be smaller, lighter,Read More

What are DC power connectors?

Meet the Connector: DC Power Connectors DC power connectors, also called DC plugs or barrel connectors, are a common interface for delivering direct current power to small devices and equipment. This plug and socket type connector comes in a diverse array of shapes, sizes, and configurations and is typically used to power electrical devices orRead More

University Taps “The Heat Beneath Our Feet” Geothermal Energy

Colorado Mesa University’s geothermal-exchange system is a feature project of the Western Governors’ Association initiative showcasing the benefits of geothermal energy. In 2007 Colorado Mesa University (CMU) in Grand Junction began its transition from a commuter campus of about 3,500 students to the campus of 10,000 students it is today. “That growth required the universityRead More

Renewable Integration: Tackling the Efficiency Challenges of Clean Energy and the Machine Learning Tech Needed to Get There

From electric vehicles to solar panels, energy innovation depends on efficient battery storage solutions. New opportunities to improve the efficiency of battery storage technologies devices is now possible with the dawn of AI, machine learning, and IoT. The pressure is on to produce long-term clean energy alternatives to carbon-emitting gas and coal power for ourRead More

New Interconnects and Advanced Technology are Moving Toward the Mainstream

Although 2023 is shaping up to be less than a stellar year for connector sales, new product development continues at a furious pace. Advanced technologies are accelerating the introduction of new interconnect architectures and devices. The term “connectivity” has become the mantra for the expanding universe of electronic devices that pervade our world today. DeliveringRead More

Industrial Controls: Demystifying SCADA

In a manufacturing setting, SCADA is the system of interconnected applications that controls everything from how the machines are programmed to the visual representation of the product as it makes its way through the machines, to the collection of data about the machines’ functionality, and more. Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) is the pieceRead More

Redefining Reliability: How Single-Pair Ethernet Elevates Security and Efficiency in Industrial Network Communication

With its ability to dramatically transform data transmission in industrial applications, SPE is redefining the future of secure and reliable network communication across diverse industries. Amid the metamorphosis of industrial connectivity, a remarkable innovation is taking center stage: single-pair Ethernet (SPE). With its ability to dramatically transform data transmission in industrial applications, SPE is redefiningRead More

What are ix Industrial Connectors?

Meet the Connector: ix Industrial The ix Industrial connector is a miniature high-speed Ethernet connector used in industrial applications. It is also known as an IP20 Industrial Ethernet connector, referring to its ingress protection, which protects connections from the harsh operating environments present in factories and other industrial network applications. The connector provides a moreRead More

Vertical Farms Control the Weather with IoT Technologies

As outdoor agriculture becomes less predictable, vertical farms are bringing the farm inside, where sealed interconnects, sensor systems, smart LEDs, and connected technologies optimize every aspect of the growing cycle. The summer of 2023 brought extreme challenges to farmers around the world. Storms, droughts, wildfires, and record-breaking temperatures wiped out many crop yields. Up toRead More

Vertical Farming and Smart Agriculture Technologies Boost Food Production

As growing conditions become less stable and predictable, Agriculture 4.0 is coming indoors and boosting agricultural productivity through connected technologies. Vertical farming, also known as smart agriculture and Agriculture 4.0, uses technology to enhance crop production by automatically tracking critical parameters such as soil nutrition, temperature, and moisture levels for planting, fertilization, irrigation, and harvesting.Read More

What are Fieldbus Connectors?

Meet the Connector: Fieldbus Connectors Fieldbus is an industrial network used to connect instruments in manufacturing environments. Multiple types of fieldbus networks exist to serve a variety of applications, including EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, PROFIBUS, and DeviceNet. Fieldbus connectors simplify the process of linking fieldbus equipment to network segments. They eliminate the need for junction boxes usingRead More

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