IEC standards committee SC 48B for connection technology publishes IEC 63171-6, thus establishing the standard interface for industrial SPE applications and providing users with investment security.
On January 23, 2020 the international standard for Single Pair Ethernet interfaces in industrial applications was published with IEC 63171-6. The editor is the IEC committee SC 48B copper connectors. The mating face standard IEC 63171-6 T1 Industrial Style was the first standard submitted by HARTING to SC 48B for a Single Pair Ethernet mating face as early as 2016. “This early initiative is now paying off and 2020 users finally have a reliable investment basis for future-proof IIoT networks based on Single Pair Ethernet”, explains Ralf Klein, Managing Director of HARTING Electronics.
IEC 63171-6 (Industrial Style) is a complete standard document with all necessary specifications and test sequences, which is incorporated into current SPE cabling standards of the ISO/IEC 11801-x series of standards for structured cabling. The implementation of SPE in the ISO/IEC 11801 documents is very important because only in this standard, the cabling channels are described with all necessary parameters (length, number of connections, bandwidth and the complete set of transmission parameters including NEXT, FEXT, shielding properties etc.) with relation to the environment – MICE and can therefore be metrologically verified after installation. This connection of component standards to connectors and cables provides all users of SPE with clear guidelines for the construction and testing of appropriate transmission links.
The use of cabling components other than those described in ISO/IEC 11801-3 Amd.1, for example, is possible in principle, but then they no longer conform to the standard and carry the risk of incompatibility and loss of function. For this reason, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25/WG 3 and TIA TR-42 launched international selection processes at the beginning of 2018 to define uniform interfaces. These two selection processes were co-initiated by IEEE 802.3, which requested a recommendation for a SPE Media Depended Interface (MDI) from ISO/IEC and TIA. More than 20 national expert committees participated in this selection process. As a result of this selection process, a mating face for industrial applications has become generally accepted:
– For industrial and industry-related applications (M2I2C2E2 and M3I3C3E3) the mating face according to IEC 63171-6, which is based on the proposal of HARTING T1 Industrial.
The selection process for TIA TR-42 has confirmed the results of ISO/IEC; there is thus a high level of global agreement on the SPE interfaces. These selected mating faces will now be incorporated into the respective international cabling standards. IEEE802.3 has also defined this SPE interface in the IEEE802.3cg as a recommended Media Dependent Interface (MDI).
Consistent standardization pays off. With IEC 63171-6, the last building block for a consistently standardized SPE infrastructure has now been set. IEC 63171-6, IEEE 802.3cg, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25/WG 3 and TIA TR-42 stand for the T1 Industrial Style as industrial SPE interface.
The SPE Industrial Partner Network, founded in 2019 and made up of 17 well-known technology leaders to date, is fully committed to the IEC 63171-6 standard and offers the emerging Single Pair Ethernet user group a broad investment basis for IIoT networks based on SPE.
Interroll receives major order in the US
|Interroll reports a large order received from a leading e-commerce platform in North America. The order includes the supply of vertical crossbelt sorter systems for 12 locations and amounts to a double-digit million US dollar volume.|
|The sorter systems will be installed at both new and existing end user facilities throughout the United States.
Increased consumer demand via e-commerce combined with the rising urgent need to comply with social distancing requirements during the COVID-19 outbreak created the need to expand the customer’s existing distribution infrastructure rapidly. Interroll’s simplified mechanical crossbelt platform sorter design enabled the end user and system integrators involved to plan with a six-month lead time. Interroll received orders for 12 sites with one system per site, amounting in total to a double-digit million US dollar volume.
“The Interroll vertical crossbelt sorter has been selected for its exceptional performance and proven success with large-scale projects in the American courier, express, and parcel market,” says Richard Keely, Executive Vice President Americas and member of the Interroll Group Management. “Moreover, the small footprint, throughput of 8,000 per hour through each single induction, as well as handling a wide variety of items have been decisive factors in being awarded this great opportunity.”
Innovative Push Pull Standard for M12 connectors – across manufacturers Milestone for automation technology
Eight well-known manufacturers established on the market for M12 connectors – Phoenix Contact, HARTING, Molex, Murrelektronik, Binder, CONEC, ESCHA and Weidmüller – have come together to establish a standard for the push-pull locking mechanism of M12 connectors on the market. Together, we are pursuing the one goal of ensuring compatibility across manufacturers.
This joint approach resulted in the IEC 61076-2-010; a standard that describes both external and internal locking by utilizing push-pull locking.
The vote on the CDV was approved with an outstanding 92.9% in favor. This indicates that a final form of the IEC mentioned can be expected in December 2020. With this standard, a milestone for automation technology has been achieved – both the saving of installation time and thus costs as well as a safe, robust and widely available locking system can be realized.
HARTING T1 Industrial SPE Interface takes the German Innovation Award 2020
The HARTING T1 Industrial Interface for Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) has been awarded the German Innovation Award 2020, marking the second consecutive year that HARTING has won the coveted award. After the German Innovation Award 2019 went to the HARTING ix Industrial interface for miniaturized Ethernet solutions, HARTING T1 Industrial has now emerged as this year’s winner.
For the team that committed a lot of dedicated work to the introduction of the Single Pair Ethernet interface as a standard mating face according to IEC 63171-6, the award is both a sound confirmation of their efforts and powerful motivation for future projects. In introducing the new solution for single pair Ethernet, the focus was clearly on not only developing a product, but ultimately on successfully integrating the entire concept and product successful into international standardization and establish it on the markets.
“Fielding the T1 Industrial interface, we are bringing SPE technology a major step closer to customers. The award is a clear incentive to continue to drive this development forward, to expand the solution portfolio and to continue to develop new, customized IIoT solutions for our customers in the future,” as Ralf Klein, Managing Director of HARTING Electronics emphasized.
The HARTING Technology Group recognized the potentials of SPE at an early stage and developed an optimal infrastructure solution for all users relying on I4.0 and IIoT. In order to establish a uniform standard for industry with SPE, HARTING played an active, pioneering role in the development of standards and has standardized the interface according to IEC 63171-6, as well as having this standard referenced in the international cabling standards ISO/IEC 11801 and TIA TR 42.7. For 75 years, innovation has featured as the core business of the Technology Group – and the German Innovation Award impressively underlines this fact once again.
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