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3 Connection Trends in Industry 4.0

July 2023

Connectors for transmitting electricity and signals reliably and efficiently are an essential component of the industrial market. The rise of Industry 4.0 technologies has necessitated a shift in the way electrical connectors are designed. There are three primary trends that are impacting the way connectors are used in Industry 4.0.

Smart Grids

The transition towards Industry 4.0 involves the integration of smart grid technologies for enhanced energy management. Electrical connectors are crucial components for smart grid systems, enabling communication between various devices, such as sensors, meters and control systems. 

With fiber optics, radiofrequency (RF) and multipin interconnect solutions, Radiall is able to offer the highest standards of reliability for electrical connection. Radiall's RXF is an outdoor optical connector that's built to last and designed specifically for outdoor use. 

Industrial Automation

Industry 4.0 focuses on automation and data exchange in manufacturing processes. Electrical connectors are used in industrial automation systems to connect sensors, actuators and control devices. They enable the transfer of power and data, facilitating efficient and synchronized operations. 

The VF2 series is specifically designed to support controller, resolver, encoder and brushless motor connection. The VF2 features ground contacts connected to a metal shell that is reliable for long-term electrical connection.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The IoT plays a significant role in Industry 4.0, with the need for a greater number of interconnected devices and systems. Electrical connectors are employed in IoT applications to establish reliable connections between devices, allowing for seamless data exchange and control on both wired and wireless connections. With this comes the need for predictive maintenance applications, which is an area where RF and multipin connectors may play a role.

To discuss your industrial applications for Industry 4.0, book a virtual meeting with a Radiall expert.