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R&M Introduces Field-Mountable Cat. 6A Connectors

R&M expands FM45 product family with high-performance connector. Versatile use for structured cabling, switch links and Industrial Ethernet

R&M, the global Swiss developer and provider of cabling R&Msystems for high-quality network infrastructures, is expanding its range of field-mountable RJ45 connectors with the Cat. 6A solution. The new high-performance FM45 Cat. 6A connector is used for the flexible installation of Class EA channels in accordance with the ISO/IEC 11801 standard. It meets all the requirements for demanding network operation with 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Its specifications and attenuation values surpass the parameters defined in the standard.

The FM45 Cat. 6A is not only suitable for structured LAN cabling in offices and for Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) use. Its further possible applications are virtually limitless. Amongst other things, R&M points to the advantages of an individually tailored installation of direct connections to devices and bulk connections or switch links. Solutions of this kind save on excess lengths, outlets, patch cords and therefore materials. Special-length patch cords or crossover cables can be created in just a few minutes. Industrial Ethernet, bus and data connections in building automation, security and communications technology and home networks are also among the FM45 connector’s areas of application. Retrofitting of WLAN access points for better radio coverage both inside and outside buildings can easily be carried out using field-terminable FM45 connectors. Spontaneous network installations for concerts, trade fairs and events can be quickly set up using the field-terminable Cat. 6A solution. The FM45 connectors are also used as practical supports for servicing and maintenance, temporary installations or when repairing networks.

The FM45 Cat. 6A is mounted without the use of tools. Shielded and unshielded stranded and solid cable with diameters of up to 8 mm can be reliably wired in just a few easy steps. Firstly, the installer inserts the copper cable’s eight conductors into the wire guide in line with the coloured label and cuts off the excess length with side cutting pliers. Stripping of conductors is no longer needed. When pressing the wiring cover closed, contact is made by means of IDCs.

The tin-coated IDCs guarantee gas-tight, vibration-resistant and corrosion-protected wiring with tensile strength and long-term stability. R&M’s IDCs show transmission values which are four times better than the requirements stipulated in the IEC 60352-4 standard. Contact resistance is ten times lower than with piercing contacting.

A further step involves the housing being pushed over the wire guide and fixed using a box nut. This completes the termination of the connector.

As an option, you can attach coloured coding elements or IP protection sleeves. The basic version complies with the requirements of the IP20 protection index and the shielded version with all requirements of the IP67 protection index. In the case of the IP67 type, a round sleeve protects against penetration of dust and liquids.

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