I/O Modules support decentralized installations.

Press Release Summary:

UL/CSA approved M8/M12 distribution boxes feature IP65/IP67 protected housing that withstands oil, lubricants, and vibration. M8 modules are available with 3- and 4-pin sockets, while M12 modules come with 4- and 5-pin sockets (A coded). Control level is connected by pre-assembled hybrid trunk cable, which acts as both power supply and data link for sensors and actuators connected to I/O box. All boxes utilize LEDs to display status and operation mode of I/O ports.

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ERNI Electronics Expands M8/M12 Portfolio to Include Passive I/O Distribution Boxes

Now providing complete solutions to connect field devices with control units

Adelberg, November 24, 2008 - ERNI Electronics has expanded its M8/M12 product line with the introduction of a line of passive I/O distribution boxes. Complementing its industry-proven M8/M12 cable assemblies and field-attachable connectors, ERNI is now offering, in conjunction with I/O distribution boxes, another key element in the information chain between field devices and control level. The I/O modules are highly utilized in the area of industrial automation, especially as they avoid the use of parallel cabling and complex installation involving control units or switch cabinets. Instead of using numerous standalone cables, sensors and actuators can be directly connected in close vicinity to the machine or process. The concept of decentralized modules and a more structured installation enables sensor/actuator lines to be easily, quickly and securely replaceable.

All ERNI M8/M12 distribution boxes with UL/CSA approval are designed for IP65/IP67 protection, and are built for use in harsh and humid industrial environments. The housing is available in a variety of port numbers and is robustly built to withstand oil, lubricants and vibration in the harshest of environments. A range of mounting holes gives the option of direct attachment, and ensures the close proximity of the installation to the process. The control level is connected by a pre-assembled trunk cable available in different standard lengths. Designed as a hybrid cable, it acts as both the power supply and the data link for sensors and actuators connected to the I/O box.

The M8 I/O boxes are available with 3-pin and 4-pin sockets and with 4, 6, 8 and 10 ports, and the M12 I/O boxes ship with 4- and 5-pin sockets (A coded) and 4 respective 8 ports. All boxes utilize LEDs to display the status and operation mode of the I/O ports, and every port is equipped with a removable identification label. ERNI supplies PUR insulated cables in standard lengths of 3, 5, 10 and 15m. The cables demonstrate a high resistance to oil, gasoline and chemicals, and are abrasion resistant and drag chain capable.

Prices begin at $45 for the M12 4-port version with 3m trunk cable.

About ERNI Electronics

ERNI Electronics is a leading global manufacturer and worldwide supplier of a broad line of interconnects for the telecommunications, data communications, computer, industrial and medical markets. ERNI has manufacturing operations in Europe as well as sales offices in over 40 countries. ERNI products are also marketed via a worldwide network of representatives and leading distributors. Further information is available at www.erni.com.

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ERNI Electronics GmbH

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Seestrasse 9

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ERNI Electronics, Inc.

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Midlothian, VA 23112

Phone +1 804-228-4100

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ERNI Asia Holding Pte Ltd

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