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M12 Cables: Enhancing Connectivity Across Industries

May 29, 2024

M12 Cables: Enhancing Connectivity Across Industries

Delivery, reliability, and selection; are three criteria that best describe Proax’s commitment to offering optimal options for in-stock connectivity – especially when it comes to M12 cables. In partnership with Phoenix Contact, customers can expect a large range of solutions designed for the safe transmission of signals and power. Choose from an inventory scope with:

  • PUR halogen-free Black (PUR)
  • Suitable for drag chain applications
  • Highly flexible – 10 million bending cycles
  • Highly resistant to chemicals, oils, and lubricants

Understanding M12 Cables: Definitions and Basic Uses

M12 cables are a type of circular connectors commonly used in industrial automation, ethernet networking, fieldbus communications, and power transmission. With their circular shape (12mm diameter), the cables are appropriately named for their size and can be used in varying configurations, depending on the application requirements.

  1. Connector type: refers to the precise layout and design of a connector that is used to connect electrical components or circuits. There are many different kinds of connectors, and each is made for a particular use, environment, or specification.
  2. Number of pins: The number of pins in a connector refers to the number of conducting elements within the connector that facilitate the transmission of electrical signals or power. Typically, the number ranges from 2 to 8 pins.
  3. Coding: To ensure connection, and prevent mismating, M12 connectors feature a specific coding system, with A, B, and D being the most common coding types, to ensure proper mating.
  4. IP Rating: Indicates the degree of protection provided by the M12 connectors, IP ratings are key for the defense against the admittance of solids and liquids.
  5. Male vs Female connectors: References the physical characteristics of the connectors, determining how they fit together. male connectors will often have pins that extend from the body, as it is designed to be inserted into a female connector (which has openings or slots) for connection.

Overview of Key Features and Benefits

Robustness: M12 cables are designed to withstand harsh industrial environments, including exposure to dust, moisture, and vibration. Their robust construction ensures reliable performance even in challenging conditions, reducing downtime and maintenance costs.

Variety of Coding Types: M12 cables are available in different coding types, such as A-coded, B-coded, D-coded, and X-coded, each suited for specific applications. This versatility allows users to choose the appropriate cable for their needs, whether it’s for power transmission, signal communication, or high-speed data transfer.

High Data Transfer Rates: With the introduction of X-coded M12 connectors, which support data rates of up to 10 Gbps, M12 cables are capable of handling high-speed Ethernet and other data-intensive applications. This makes them suitable for modern industrial automation systems that require fast and reliable communication.

Varieties in Socket Types

We have Phoenix Cables M12 cables that are now on promotion. These cables come in both straight and angled female sockets with 4 to 8 positions, and are offered in lengths of 5M and 10M, ideal for various installation needs.

M12 Cables: Enhancing Connectivity Across Industries

Applications of M12 Cables

Due to their variety and robustness, M12 cables can be found in many applications across varying industries. Most commonly, they are associated with industrial automation and food and beverage due to their ability to provide reliable data and signal transmission in harsh industrial environments and process control, and monitoring in production facilities.

Their ability to be resistant to vibration and environmental factors makes them perfect for the transportation industry, as M12 cables are utilized in applications such as railway signaling systems, vehicle diagnostics, and onboard electronics. Similarly, these exact attributes also make them an ideal choice for oil and gas due to their control systems and instrumentation in offshore platforms and drilling rigs.

Finally, M12 cables can facilitate the transmission of data and power between components, such as sensors, and monitoring systems, which helps optimize energy generation and efficiency. Making them an excellent option in renewable energies and even telecommunications infrastructure for connecting networking equipment.

In conclusion, M12 cables have proven their data and signal transmission within varying industries and applications have immense benefits that offer reliability, versatility, and easy installation. To learn more about in-stock cable selections, see here for product pricing and to learn more about proax same-day shipping options.


To learn more or shop Phoenix Contact M12 cables, see link below.

In-stock Proax Connectivity Program: Phoenix Contact M8, M12 and Ethernet Cables

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