Uniform plug connectors facilitate connection when constructing systems and machines as well as during maintenance and repair. Thinking ahead to the life cycle of automation devices, the uniform voltage supply connection also offers major advantages to device manufacturers, which can significantly reduce their number of device variants. These were the reasons that PI opted for a change of generation that allows new IP 65/67 devices to be uniformly equipped with the M12 L-coded instead of the M12 A-coded or 7/8″ plug connector on a power-dependent basis.
In the context of Industrie 4.0 this step also makes sense as it saves significant space on the device and in the installation compared to the 7/8″ plug connector. The M12 L-coded is thus also a decisive step forward for miniaturization. The M12 L-coded is currently being internationally standardized and is already being offered by many connector manufacturers.