Mencom Corporation Introduces New Low-Profile Housings for Panel Interface Connectors

Low Profile Panel Interface Connectors

Mencom is pleased to announce new Low Profile enclosures for Panel Interface Connectors (PIC). The PIC, also known as programming ports or programming interfaces, provides the ability to communicate with a device inside a cabinet without opening the cabinet door. This helps prevent potential safety hazards (such as Arc Flash) associated with opening an electrical panel. Utilizing a PIC allows users to maintain compliance with stringent safety industry regulations while saving time and money.  The use of a PIC eliminates the need for costly personal protective equipment (PPE) and a licensed electrician to access the inside of the cabinet.

Mencom’s new Low Profile PIC design protrudes from the side of the cabinet 75 percent less than the standard metal housings. The Low-Profile housings are UL listed and available in three sizes; one single cover (LP1), two single covers (LP2) and one double cover (LP3). The transparent polycarbonate cover allows users to see which components are within the enclosure. These enclosures provide an IP65 rating, and feature a unique locking mechanism. The lock is located on the sliding latch and can be operated using a standard flat head screw driver.

For those environments that do not require as much protection, all of our PIC designs are available as a plate that is mounted directly to your cabinet, without the need of a standard or low profile housing.

Mencom, as an industry leader of PICs, currently has well over 3,000 designs in production. Remarkably, however, our experienced engineer team is still creating new designs almost daily to meet the various market demands.

In addition to the standard and low profile Panel Interface Connectors, Mencom also offers circular port adapters that allow you to pass a variety of components from RJ45 cables to USB cables through your panel. We even have an RJ45 pass-thru that is rated to IP67 while in use, or when capped off.


Panel Interface Connectors, Port Adapters, and E45V3 connectors are UL listed/recognized

UL listed
Mencom’s Panel interface connector Series including new low profile housings, port adapters, and E45V3 connectors have been certified for compliance with both Canadian and U.S. safety requirements by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and the UL Listed mark now appears on the end products. UL is a non-profit organization that has developed more than 1,000 safety standards for 100 years and tested electrical devices for safety and functionality to the maximum. The UL Listing Mark means Mencom’s products have met the highest industrial safety standard by UL. Their IP ratings range from IP65 to IP69/69K, which arms against not only jets of water from all directions, but also high pressure/steam.

IP Rating and UL Type

Standard Panel Interface Connectors: IP65, UL Type 4, 4X, 12, UL Listed
Low Profile Panel Interface Connectors: IP65, UL Type 4, 12 UL Listed
Plastic Port Adapters:  IP65, IP69, UL Type 12, UL Listed
Metal Port Adapters: IP69, IP69K, UL Type 4, 4X and 12 (4X only for Stainless Steel version), UL Listed
E45V3 Connectors: IP65, UL Type 4, 4X and 6P, UL Recognized
Back Mount Port Adapters:  IP65, IP69, IP69K, UL Type 12, UL Listed

This product is also acknowledged by CE as being certified for compliance.  The CE marking is the manufacturer’s declaration that the product meets the requirements of the applicable EC (European Union) directives.

Get Free Registration for PACK EXPO 2017

Free registration for pack expo 2017

Mencom Corporation is participating in the PACK EXPO 2017 (September 25-27) in Las Vegas– Booth S-5972 in the South Lower Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Mencom will be presenting a wide range of Industrial Electrical Connector Products including, but not limited to, new products, m12 connectors, cordsets, receptacles, network connectors, rectangular connectors, panel interface connectors and junction blocks.

Please note that Free Registry does not apply to non-exhibiting suppliers or distributors and they are required to pay standard attendance fees. If you are non-exhibiting suppliers or distributors, please choose either End Use/Buyer, Retailer or Contract Packager in the Attendee Type on the Profile page to be qualified for the free badge.

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Plug and Play Entry-Level Unmanaged Ethernet Switches for Harsh Industrial Environments

Entry Level Unmanaged industrial Ethernet Switches
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.


Tray Cables vs AWM Cables vs Service Cables

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.

Tray Cables vs AWM cables vs Service Cables

Mencom Corporation Now Offers Industrial Networking Solutions for Harsh Environments

industrial ethernet switchesIn 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.

View Industrial Networking Solutions Catalog>>

Mencom Modular Units for Multipole Rectangular Connectors

MIXO modular inserts for rectangular connectorsThe 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 Introduces the High-Density Version of SQUICH Rectangular Inserts

Hi-Density Squich Rectangular Connectors

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.

Please view the ILME Catalog for more details.

Mencom is Hiring

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.


  • 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.


Mencom Corporation Offers Junction Blocks to Simplify Connections in the Automation Industry

Junction Blocks

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.

Please CLICK HERE to browse the Junction Blocks.