Mencom’s entry level DIN-rail-mount unmanaged Ethernet switches offer a reliable, robust, and cost-effective solution to most of the simple network topologies. With IP30 rating, all of the unmanaged switches are certified for Industrial EMC (EN61000-6-4 and EN61000-6-2), and support redundant power-input for enhanced safety that can be connected simultaneously to a wide range of DC power sources. If one of the power inputs fails, the other live source acts as a backup to provide the power needs automatically. They can operate in temperatures ranging from -10 to 70 °C with steel and aluminum housing, and 0 to 60 °C with the plastic housing. Selected products support packet Prioritization for Profinet. During normal use, broadcast packets will be forwarded to all ports except the source port. However, it will discard broadcast or multicast packets if the number of those packets exceeds a threshold in a preset period of time. When the preset period expires (about 800ms), it will then resume receiving broadcast or multicast packets until the threshold is reached again.
Mencom also offers the enhanced versions with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) and Gigabit Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP) support to ensure suitability for simple industrial applications. Since PoE versions have power on the network, a qualified electrician is not required for installation and distribution of network connections is more effective and simpler than non-PoE versions. The number of Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet ports on the switches range from 4 up to 8 and selected models have both single-mode or multi-mode fiber-optic uplink. All the entry-level unmanaged industrial Ethernet switches provide no configuration required plug-play environment.
It is important to consider performance, strengths and limitations of cables when selecting the appropriate connection types for industrial applications in the harsh manufacturing plants. This infographic illustrates the differences the three most common cable types (tray cables, AWM cables and service cables) in the industry while comparing the features, rating, benefits, flexibility, and reliability with each other.
In the past two decades, Ethernet-based networks were adopted as the backbone of industrial automation. The latest trend in industrial automation is ‘Industry 4.0’ which originated by the German government to create the ‘Smart Factory’ based on the concept of computerized manufacturing. The smart factory requires the use of more than a billion connected devices which raise a lot of concern about the reliability and the security of network communications for all kinds of applications in the industry. Unreliable networks almost always lead to delays in production. This is no longer acceptable in the Industry 4.0 era where competition in business is very intense.
In order to minimize such unexpected downtimes and provide reliable connections, Mencom now offers a wide range of industrial Ethernet switches such as Managed Switches, Unmanaged Switches, Gigabit Switches, Harsh Environment Switches, and EN50155 Certified Switches. They also offer Secure Routers, Media converters, Serial Device Servers, Modbus Gateways and Power supplies.
Mencom networking solutions provide prolonged Mean-Time-Between-Failure (MTBF) so that in an event of link or device failure, Smart-Redundancy features will detect the failure, relay the cause of the failure back to the control center, and automatically recover from such failure to provide continuous operation.
They are also designed with embedded isolation to withstand the harshest industrial-grade electromagnetic interference and susceptibility without suffering fatal damage or generating noise. In addition, Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (ERPS), Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP), or Media Redundancy Protocol (MRP) ring settings can resume the operation and network connectivity immediately if a network switch fails or a communication link is broken.
For security and encryption, Mencom’s networking devices provide seamless and cost-effective encrypted links for local area networks (LANs) through MACsec (IEEE Medium Access Control Security Standard, IEEE 802.1AE) and for wide area networks (WANs) or Internet through IPsec (Internet Protocol Security) or OpenVPN.
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The ILME Modular insert series (MIXO) provided by Mencom, was designed to allow different types of connections housed in a single traditional rectangular enclosure. The types of connections range from small signal connectors with low amp and voltage, up to 200 amp connectors. Since each insert is designed to fit and lock into a frame that ranges in size from 1 module to 12 modules in a single enclosure, the possible combinations are countless. Each enclosure can house signal, power, data, and pneumatics contacts for the conduction of compressed air with pressure values of up to 8 bars.
These inserts are mounted side by side to form a single compact block that mounts and locks into a metallic frame with included locking tabs. The modular system provides an easy and quick access to a series of contacts installed in the frame without disassembling the entire connector.
The MIXO modular inserts are extremely resistant to mechanical stresses (vibrations, shock and cable loads) and corrosions (gas-tight) to provide secure and stable connections. They are UL 94-V0 approved and built in self-extinguishing thermoplastic material reinforced with glass fiber. The MIXO series frames can be used in housings ranging from, standard classic, to aggressive environments, high temperature, IP68, and more.
Mencom SQUICH spring terminal rectangular connectors are known for their convenient tool-free solutions that significantly reduce the connection time by utilizing spring terminals with actuator buttons. The cabling time of the SQUICH connector can be 50% quicker than the screw-type connection and 20% quicker than the conventional spring-type connection.
The continuous demand for a greater number of poles and smaller dimensions has led to the design and manufacturing of the new CDSH series, which offers single connectors with a maximum number of 84 poles that occupy the same space of standard connectors with screw/spring connections
This high-density version requires no special wire preparation except stripping. Also, they feature an excellent fastening mechanism for a great resistance against strong vibrations in the harsh manufacturing floors. The high-density SQUICH rectangular connectors are characterized by the following advantages.
– Greater pole density as compared to the standard rectangular inserts.
– Reduced inserts preparation and cabling times.
– Cabling tool is not necessary.
– Quick identification of wired and non-wired terminals.
– Terminals already open and ready for conductor clamping.
– Option to use wires up to 2.5 mm2.
The new CDSH series (10A, 600V) is available in 9, 18, 27, 42, 54 and 84 pole configuration and can be used with the entire series of the Mencom rectangular enclosures.
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Mencom is looking for an Outside Technical Sales Representative to join our team!
We are looking to expand our market presence and increase our sales with Tier 1 suppliers, Automotive OEM’s, and other industrial automation prospects. This team member will have the opportunity to work from a home office in or around the Detroit Metro Area, and must have past experience servicing industrial accounts in Michigan.
KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES::
- Technical sales and specification work with Tier 1 and OEM suppliers in the automotive industry. Introducing them to the broad product offering of industrial electrical connectors produced by Mencom
- Relationship building with key decision makers; including engineers, purchasing, and maintenance.
- Coordinate sales channel preferences of customers with Regional Sales Manager.
- Act as an extension of the world class service, support, and dedication Mencom currently provides to our existing customers.
- Prospect and contact potential customers in the industrial automation industry.
- Previous experience selling industrial automation control products in Michigan.
- Ability to cultivate relationships and increase market awareness of products.
- 4 year college degree. Preferably with a technical focus.
- Self-motivating and detail-oriented.
If available and interested in this opportunity please mail an updated copy of your resume to JOHN.BISSON@MENCOM.COM for consideration.
CANDIDATES WHO ARE ELIGIBLE TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY NEED APPLY.
The industrial automation world is constantly searching for ways to increase installation reliability, speed up the installation process, and reduce downtime. Junction blocks often referred as terminal blocks and distribution blocks provide a simple and effective way through consolidating connections from various types of control systems and sensors that have many I/O points.
Mencom Junction Blocks offer a wide range of circuit configurations in 7/8-16 MINI series, M12 & ½-20 Micro series, M8 Nano series, and DeviceNet Series. They feature a homerun connector (cable, cable with connector, receptacle, or field wireable) which easily routes signals from multiple inputs back to the main control system. This significantly reduces potential errors associated with wiring, rewiring and I/O replacement. Furthermore, both cost and downtime are also minimized.
The port configuration varies by the series with a choice of one or two signal per port.
– The 7/8-16 MINI series is available in 4, 6, and 8 port configurations with an optional stainless steel housing.
– The Micro Series and DeviceNet are available in 4 to 12 ports with and without LED indication.
– The M8 Nano series is available in 4 to 8 ports with and without LED indication
Mencom Junction Blocks are IP67 rated for a wet environment, and designed to endure high-impact and vibration so that a reliable connection is consistently provided on the harsh manufacturing floor. Mencom also offers custom solutions from small changes to complex terminations to meet the various needs of control systems in the automation industry.
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When it comes to food & beverage manufacturing and processing; a safe, reliable and high-quality connection is essential to comply with the rigid regulations in the food industry. Since the connectors can come into contact with food products, the material of connectors is an important factor to avoid possible food contamination.
Mencom’s T-Type Hygienic rectangular connectors are designed for installation on the food industry machines and systems. By using a unique molding technology, these enclosures have achieved a structurally solid and robust construction needed in the food industry. The food safe and self-extinguishing thermoplastic material is easily cleanable and resistant to the cleaning and sanitizing agents commonly used in food processing factories. The enclosures are certified by Ecolab Technical Application Service and satisfy the stringent requirements in the industry.
There are two series available in the Hygienic enclosures, T-Type/H and T-Type/C. T-Type/H is designed for production lines applications and features the HNBR rubber sealing gasket that has excellent resistance to both chemicals and animal/vegetable fats. T-Type/C is designed for low-temperature applications, and the sealing gasket is made of silicone rubber that is not only resistant to chemical agents and fats, but also low-temperature resistant as low as -50°C.
The Hygienic enclosure series is IP66 and IP69 rated to withstand rigorous high-pressure, high-temperature washdown procedures. The hood cable entries for smaller sized housing (44.27 and 57.27) are available in M25 and M32, and those of larger sized housing (77.27 and 104.27) are available in M32 and M40.
Mencom is proud to announce new rectangular hoods that will meet the demanding requirements of the wiring market. The new hoods named BIG Series, feature larger dimensions than the standard hoods, provide additional space, and accommodate larger sizes of cables and additional entry holes. The size of the new enclosures is 23mm wider and up to 34mm higher than the current enclosures. Despite the larger sizes, the BIG hoods are still fully compatible with the existing rectangular connectors and accessories.
The hood compartment is designed with an upper and lower half connected by 4 screws with o-rings, providing easy access during assembly. This feature provides up to three times more space compared to the standard hoods. Big enclosures enable the connection of push button selectors, switches and signaling lamps after the necessary holes have been drilled. For example, it is possible to enable power supplies or signaling circuits even after the connector has been coupled.
The hood entry is available in one or more top & side entries and a closed enclosure that can be drilled. The hoods with size 44.27 fit only with the single lever. The larger size hoods fit bases with two levers. The BIG series is IP66 rated after the hood has been coupled with appropriate rectangular base and cable glands.
By using a Panel Interface Connector to communicate with a PLC inside the cabinet, you can eliminate downtime and prevent the risk of Arc Flash & other safety concerns while saving significant time and money. Mencom PICs are rated IP65/66 (NEMA 4, 4X, 12) so they can reduce potential risks of the enclosure being exposed to any unwanted substances in harsh environments.