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Innovative fiber-optic connection system simplifies installation and saves space in the control cabinet

09.03.2010
The Siemens Industry Automation Division has brought onto the market a simple lock-and-release plug-in connector for space-saving LC (local connector) connection of fiber-optic cables.

The LC connector according to IEC 61754-20 features an innovative "push-pull" release mechanism for easy installation of FO cables in network components with LC sockets, for example the modular Industrial Ethernet Switches X308-2M, XR-300 and X-300EEC from Siemens.

The innovative release mechanism combines a pair of joined connectors, one for the incoming and one for the outgoing FO cable, into a duplex connector. The user then simply connects this to two sockets on the network component, such as a switch. The new mechanism also ensures that the detent lugs of the two individual connectors are both unlatched together. This means that the user can simply detach the FO pair from the switch by gently pulling on the duplex connector.

The new connector technology makes it especially easy to handle network components with a large number of ports or compact dimensions. The performance capabilities and number of ports of network components is constantly increasing. The LC connection technique offers a space-saving mechanical solution here in line with IEC 61754-20.

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the worldwide leading supplier of environmentally friendly production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated automation technologies and comprehensive industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility and Osram. With around 207,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry achieved in fiscal year 2009 total sales of approximately €35 billion.

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, industrial controls and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services. With around 39,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry Automation achieved sales of €7.0 billion in fiscal year 2009.

Reference Number: IIA2010032222e

Gerhard Stauss | Siemens Industry
Further information:
http://www.siemens.com/industry
http://www.siemens.com/industryautomation

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