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Novelties at SPS 2021

For the first time, we are going to show a concept for overmolded SPE connectors at SPS 2021 as well as new connectors in Deutsch-DT design and shielded variants of 8-pole M8-connectors.

At SPS 2021 in Nuremberg we are going to show three novelties. Next to a concept of overmolded M8- and M12-connectors for Single Pair Ethernet (SPE), we will show new connectors in Deutsch-DT design, which are primarily aimed at applications in the field of mobile automation, as well as shielded connectors that complement the present 8-pole M8 product range.

Single Pair Ethernet – The future standard

Single Pair Ethernet is the future technology in industrial automation. Using compact cables and connectors, high data transmission rates can be brought to the most distant sensor in the field. As a member of the SPE Industrial Partner Network, in which leading technology companies have joined forces, ESCHA is promoting the development of a uniform SPE interface. On this basis, we have developed an SPE concept based on the T1 industrial interface according to IEC 63171-6, which was defined in 2018.

The overmolded M8- and M12-variants shown at SPS will meet the market-based tightness requirements and facilitate the power transmission typical for SPE (Power over Data Line). But before the concept will be finally market-ready, we want to use the first in-person trade show in two years to discuss the final details in joint customer meetings.

Connectors in Deutsch-DT design for mobile automation

In the agricultural sector and commercial vehicle industry, exceptionally high demands are placed on connectivity. In this sector, as well, the trend is away from manual assembly and towards overmolded connectivity that can be used immediately. We have developed a new product range with overmolded connectors based on the widely used Deutsch-DT design, which does not fall back on prefabricated components, but offers a solution in which the self-designed contacts and contact carriers are overmolded in a one-shot process.

The 2-, 4- and 6-pole versions are available in male- and female design as well as single-ended- and double-ended cord sets. As usual at ESCHA and upon your request, different modification options are possible, such as double-ended cord sets with M12-connectors on the B-side. The DT-connectors can optionally be equipped with a threaded grip body for protective hoses. All products meet the high demands of protection classes IP67, IP68 and IP69.

Multipole M8-connectivity in shielded design

Sensors are becoming more compact and more complex; therefore they have to deliver even more information, too. Due to this development, the demand for simultaneously compact and multipole connectors is rising. So far, our multipole product range only consisted of unshielded versions. The shielded version will celebrate their premiere at the SPS. At market launch, straight and angled versions will be available in male and female design. With «S370» (PUR/PP) and «P00» (PVC/PVC), there are two cable qualities to choose from.

You will get more information on these and other interesting solutions from 23 to 25 November in hall 10.0 | Stand 341.

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Please note our shipping days and good acceptance at the turn of the year 2021 / 2022.

Please note our shipping days and good acceptance at the turn of the year 2021 / 2022.

Last shipping day:
16 December 2021 RoW
17 December 2021 EU
20 December 2021 Germany

Last good acceptance:
17 December 2021

First shipping day:
3 January 2022

First good acceptance:
5 January 2022 suppliers from inside Germany
10 January 2022 suppliers from outside Germany

Christmas shutdown:
24 to 31 December 2021

If you have any questions, our contact persons from Sales and Purchasing will be happy to help.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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New M8-comnectors in a multipole version combine compact design and highest possible information density.

New M8-comnectors in a multipole version combine compact design and highest possible information density.

As sensors are becoming more and more complex and compact, the information density to be transmitted is continuously rising. This trend demands for connectivity that is also compact and multipole at the same time. Therefore, ESCHA extends its M8-connector range by multipole variants with 8 pins. As of now, we offer a comprehensive product family consisting of molded single-ended- and double-ended cordsets, as well as matching receptacles. You may choose between two cable qualities, which particularly meet the demands of automation industry.

Wide range of applications

The new M8-connectors comply with the IEC 61076-2-104. They are dust- and waterproof according to protection classes IP65, IP67 and IP68 and can be used without hesitation in a temperature range from -30°C to +90°C.

Right from the market launch, you can get a comprehensive product portfolio consisting of straight and angled connectors in male or female design. These are available as single-ended- or double-ended cordsets in different standard lengths or in customer-specific length. A PUR-cable (S370) and a PVC-cable (P00) are available as cable qualities. Due to a connection cross-section up to 0.25mm² the M8-connectors with eight pins have a low voltage drop.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, shielded versions will follow to complete the product portfolio.

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Our connectors for data transmission meet the requirements for the most common Industrial Ethernet protocols and enable a seamless data transmission from the office level via the control cabinet to the most compact sensor on field level.

Our connectors for data transmission meet the requirements for the most common Industrial Ethernet protocols and enable a seamless data transmission from the office level via the control cabinet to the most compact sensor on field level.

In times of IoT, Industry 4.0 and Big Data a fast and especially reliable data transmission becomes more important. As applications become more and more complex, the size of the data packages to be transmitted increases in parallel. ESCHA offers you a comprehensive product range that was developed specifically for the transmission of high data rates of up to 10GBit/sec in demanding industrial applications. With our RJ45-, M8- and M12-connectors you can realize a seamless data transmission from the office level via the control cabinet to the most compact sensor on field level. All connectors have been designed and tested according to current HF-aspects in our own high-frequency test lab. They meet the requirements of the most common Industrial Ethernet protocols and, due to their data transmission reserves, enable a future-proof solution for tomorrow’s networks today.

Connectivity for all applications on field level

Data connectors are used in various applications on field level. These applications can be divided into three groups, having their individual requirements towards connectivity. The first group combines static applications, in which the connectivity is permanently installed. For example on conveyor- and transportation belts or in high-bay warehouses. Therefore, ESCHA has introduced a portfolio with a cost-optimized PVC-cable.

 

The second group has high demands towards flexibility and robustness of connectors and cables at the same time. This includes drag-chain-applications, such as those typically found in mechanical engineering. For this area we offer various PUR-cables that can withstand up to three million bending cycles without risk.

 

The biggest challenges exist in robotic applications. In addition to the drag-chain-properties, the torsion properties of the connectivity are also important in these applications. With connectivity from our «PROFINET robotic» range, you can bring data rates of up to 100Mbit/sec to the tip of a robot arm. The special cable called «S5100» withstands a combined load from horizontal movement (5 million cycles) and torsion (5 million cycles), as required by the industrial standard «Type R». In this way, for example, grippers with intelligent sensors or cameras can be reliably controlled via a Fast Ethernet transmission.

Wiring is the foundation for Industry 4.0

Networks are the backbone of automation and continuously increasing data volumes and transmission speeds can already be observed today. While current industrial communication-networks are still fault-tolerant to a certain extent, production processes – as they are envisaged in Industry 4.0 – can only be implemented using high-quality cabling in the future. Data connectors from ESCHA have been designed according to current HF-aspects and consist of data transmission rates. They enable a future-proof solution already today and form the foundation for the networks of tomorrow.

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Profinet «Type R»

Our «PROFINET robotic» product range meets the new «Type R» industry standard and brings up to 100Mbit/sec to the tip of the robot arm.

Our «PROFINET robotic» product range meets the new «Type R» industry standard and brings up to 100Mbit/sec to the tip of the robot arm.

A new standard called «Type R» defines requirements for Profinet cables used in robotic applications. With «PROFINET robotic» we have been offering a product portfolio for over a year, which combines very good drag chain properties (5 million bending cycles) with very good torsion properties (5 million torsion cycles) and thus precisely meets the requirements of the new industry standard. The flexible cable designated as S5100 is based on a two-pair data cable that guarantees Fast Ethernet transmission according to Cat5e.

100Mbit/sec on the robot arm

Our «PROFINET robotic» range brings data transmission rates of up to 100Mbit/sec to the tip of a robot arm. The S5100 cable withstands a combined load from horizontal movement and torsion, so that grippers with for example intelligent sensors or cameras can be reliably controlled. Due to its UL-approval, the PUR-cable is suitable for the North American market. Various connectors in M8-, M12- and RJ45 design ensure that seamless data communication can be implemented between the sensors on the robot arm, the robot system and their connection to the control level.

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After a challenging financial year in 2020 we were able to reach consolidated revenue at previous year’s level.

After a challenging financial year in 2020 we were able to reach consolidated revenue at previous year’s level.

Despite the challenges of the past year, the ESCHA Group has achieved a stable result. At just over 70 million Euros, consolidated group sales in 2020 were fairly exactly at the previous year’s level. As we are positioned in various target sectors, the declines in weaker automotive-related industries could be compensated by rising demand from other markets. Compared to the previous year, the number of employees worldwide fell by 70 to a total of 780 employees.

We had expected many new challenges for 2020, but not a pandemic. Through our subsidiary in Shanghai, we could already feel in January last year what this unusual situation can mean for a manufacturing industrial company. It was only by the calm and deliberateness dealing with these conditions of our management team and employees that we were able to carry on our business, serve our customers, and finalized with a stable result.

Positive mood in the market

Due to the ongoing Corona pandemic, all forecasts for the future can only remain bold and uncertain. Thanks to the currently positive mood in our market environment we are associated with another positive plan for 2021, in which we want to grow again. The industrial transformation with the related megatrends as well as the accelerated digitalization will play into our hands and our products.

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Our cost-effective PVC-cable is predestined for Industrial Ethernet applications with minimum demands towards drag-chain- and torsion capabilities.

Our cost-effective PVC-cable is predestined for Industrial Ethernet applications with minimum demands towards drag-chain- and torsion capabilities.

For many years, ESCHA has been offering a wide choice of connectors and cable qualities for Industrial Ethernet applications. These cable qualities are suitable for medium and high mechanical stresses as well as robotic applications. Flexibility and mobility are particularly important in this area. Due to rising customer demands for a cost-effective solution for applications with low mechanical stresses, we are now rounding off our portfolio and offering a corresponding PVC-cable called S5200.

PNO-compliant and data transmission according to Cat5e

The new cable quality from ESCHA is PNO-compliant and perfectly suitable for applications in which drag-chain- and torsion properties are not important. We are already presenting a comprehensive product portfolio with M8-, M12-, and RJ45 connectors at the market launch. All components with the new cable quality guarantee a reliable data transmission according to Cat5e and meet the tightness requirements of protection classes IP67 and IP68.

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New EtherCAT-cable

As of now, ESCHA offers a flexible EtherCAT-cable with yellow outer jacket which guarantees a safe and reliable data transmission according to Cat5e.

As of now, ESCHA offers a flexible EtherCAT-cable with yellow outer jacket which guarantees a safe and reliable data transmission according to Cat5e.

ESCHA is well-known for a fast and flexible implementation of current customer requirements to its standard portfolio. Our new EtherCAT-cable with yellow outer jacket is just one of many examples. The use of a yellow cable is particularly mandatory in automobile production, but it is also increasingly recommended in many other applications.

High flexibility and safe data transmission

Our new cable called S1329 guarantees an industry suitable data transmission according to Cat5e and meets the real-time requirements according to IEC 61158. Due to its flexible structure, it is drag-chain suitable and can withstand more than 5 million bending cycles. Different version with M8- (four-pole), M12- (four-pole, D-coded), and RJ45 connectors are available now. Thanks to their UL-certification you can use the new EtherCAT-components without hesitation on the North American Market. Furthermore, we guarantee you the tightness requirements of protection classes IP67 and IP68.

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The new field-wireable M12-connectors from ESCHA are extremely compact and therefore particularly suitable for space-critical applications.

The new field-wireable M12-connectors from ESCHA are extremely compact and therefore particularly suitable for space-critical applications.

Field-wireable connectors ae used wherever a high degree of flexibility is required. For instance in case of initially unknown cable lengths or panel feedthroughs. However, these often have two weaks compared to overmolded connectors:

  • Their installation requires a great deal of sensitivity is therefore more complex.
  • They are much larger and therefore require more installation space.

The new and extremely compact field-wireable M12-connectors from ESCHA are a perfect solution. They feature crimp-contacts that can be assembled quickly and easily with a crimping tool. Thanks to their slim and compact housing, they take up less space and are therefore particularly suitable for space-critical applications.

Two versions for a variety of applications

As of now, you can get the new field-wireable M12-connectors from ESCHA in two versions: A-coded variants are designed to meet the requirements of sensor/actuator wiring, while D-coded variants guarantee permanent data transmission according to Cat5e. Both variants are adapted for cable diameters from 4.5mm to 8mm and wire-cross-sections between 0.25mm² and 1mm². This means that they cover a very wide range of cables and can be used in a variety of applications.

Without any problem, you can use the field-wireable connectors in an ambient temperature range from -40°C to +90°C. In screwed status, they meet the tightness requirements of protection class IP67. A realiable 360°-shielding ensures secure data- and signal transmission.

Crimping tool and locator

The corresponding crimping tool and the required locator are also available from ESCHA. Both accessory products are exactly adapted to the requirements of the field-wireable connectors and guarantee a smooth assembly.

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As of now, Mardal Systems is the exclusive sales partner for ESCHA connectivity on the Ukrainian market.

Since 1 June 2020, Mardal Systems LLC has been our new and exclusive sales partner on the Ukrainian market. Lots of products are manufactured in the Ukraine, which are exported to Europe and consequently have to comply with international standards. Due to the increasing export business, the demand for high-quality components is growing. This specifically holds for factory automation, where standard products and customized solutions are required. This is where ESCHA’s strengths lie and we want to profit mutually.

Mardal Systems was established in 2019 and is, next to ESCHA, partner with other well-known brands in the field of industrial connectivity. Thanks to more than twenty years of industry- and sales experience of company founder and Managing Director Valeriy Mardal, the company has an excellent network within the Ukrainian industry.

With plastic locking nuts in Hygienic Design it is easy to achieve cost benefits towards stainless steel in food- and beverage applications.

With plastic locking nuts in Hygienic Design it is easy to achieve cost benefits towards stainless steel in food- and beverage applications.

The food industry sets high demands in terms of hygiene and process security. These demands can be transferred one-to-one to connectors and cables. To withstand aggressive cleaning- and detergent agents, it is common to refer to special plastics or V4A stainless-steel as material. As of now, ESCHA offers connectors with cost-effective plastic locking nuts in Hygienic Design, abandoning the comparably expensive stainless-steel locking nuts.

The new plastic locking nuts developed by ESCHA are extremely robust and can be tightened by hand as well as with a torque wrench. Afterwards they fulfil the protection standards according to IP67, IP68, and IP69. Due to their unique plastics compound they are resistant to Ecolab detergents. Their Hygienic Design prevents the formation of dirt pockets and residues. Therefore, connectors with plastic locking nut can be used in the product contact zone without more ado.

The new plastic locking nuts are available for M12-connectors in three, four-, or five-pole version. There are three cable qualities at your disposal. Additionally, you can choose between male and female as well as straight and angled variants.

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ESCHA extends its M12 power product-range with PNO-compliant variants. The new power components facilitate a transmission of up to 63V DC at a rating of up to 16A.

ESCHA extends its M12 power product-range with PNO-compliant variants. The new power components facilitate a transmission of up to 63V DC at a rating of up to 16A.

More and more compact installations require similar compact interfaces – not only for data- and signal transmission, but also for the power supply. The industry-proven M12-interface has become the new and compact benchmark for power supply over the recent years. Since 2015, you get M12 power components from ESCHA in different coding-types and for different voltage-ranges.

Five-pole L-coding with functional ground

As of now, you get new variants, meeting the demands of the Profibus User Organization (PNO). PNO-compliant connectivity from ESCHA disposes of a standard-corresponding five-pole L-coding with one contact for functional ground. To distinguish from other M12 power connectors, PNO-compliant components have a grey cable and grey contact-carriers. M12 power connectivity from ESCHA facilitates a safe and reliable power transmission of up to 63V DC at a current rating of up to 16A, while meeting IP67 and IP68 protection classes.

Power follows Bus

Next to single-ended- and double-ended cord sets as well as receptacles for front-wall- and back-wall mounting, ESCHA offers compact power splitters in H-, h-, and T housing-styles. With these splitters you can easily realize a decentralized power wiring following the bus wiring. We call this ‘Power follows Bus’

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We have developed extremely robust plastic locking nuts for demanding applications in utility vehicle area or agriculture. You may choose from four different colors.

We have developed extremely robust plastic locking nuts for demanding applications in utility vehicle area or agriculture. You may choose from four different colors.

Plastic locking nuts dispose of a distinctive advantage over stainless steel locking nuts: They are a cost-effective, but no means a cheap alternative. Due to high-quality plastics, they are media- and temperature resistant and are perfectly suitable for applications in the field of mobile automation. In this environment, containments with pressurised water, mud or oil are typical. Additionally, it is predominated by extremely high temperatures in the summer and extremely low temperatures in the winter. Plastic locking nuts and grip bodies from ESCHA can easily be cleaned and withstand temperatures from -30°C to +90°C. Furthermore, UV stabilizers prevent them getting porous or rough.

Four colors enhance clarity

You can get the plastic locking nuts in black, grey, red or blue. This helps you to easily mark, match and differentiate the connectors in the end. Clarity in the application enhances noticeably and mismatching while mounting can be avoided.

Through their unique design, you can tighten the plastic locking nuts by hand as well as with a torque wrench. Afterwards, they meet standard IEC 61076-2-101 and fulfil the high protection degrees according to IP67 and IP68.

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We extended our international sales network and are happy to announce the new partnership with Fritz Kupferschmied from Israel.

We extended our international sales network and are happy to announce the new partnership with Fritz Kupferschmied from Israel.

Since the beginning of the year, Fritz Kupferschmied (FRK) has exclusively been selling ESCHA connectivity on the Israeli market. Together we intend to focus on the sales of customer-specific developments. We are going to benefit from the excellent network, which FRK could establish over the last thirty years within the Israeli industry. FRK resorts to solutions of renowned suppliers from Europe and North America to put together the adequate package for their customers. ESCHA products and services perfectly supplement this offer.

With the new sales partnership, ESCHA extends its international network and is now present in more than thirty countries. With production facilities in Germany, China, and the Czech Republic as well as licensed production in the USA and Mexico, we guarantee high availability and consistent quality of our products worldwide.

Following years of strong growth the ESCHA Group had to report a drop in turnover for the first time in the fiscal year 2019.

Following years of strong growth the ESCHA Group had to report a drop in turnover for the first time in the fiscal year 2019.

The ESCHA Group has generated a consolidated total turnover at around 70 million Euros in the fiscal year 2019. The tense economic situation in the machine-building and automation industry caused the first drop in turnover in six years. In contrast, other markets, such as renewables and transportation, developed positively. The number of employees declined slightly. In 2019, 850 employees worked for our company group worldwide. That is fifty fewer than in 2018.

We were not quite able to achieve our revenue target for 2019 and missed the original target by around three percent. The negative impact of trade tariffs, the general insecurity concerning the Brexit and the structural transformation in the automotive industry have affected the general market situation and have left their marks on our company.

Outlook into the future

At the same time, we are cautiously optimistic about the future. The digitalization and automation of the industry offer ESCHA plenty of opportunities in the future: There is a cross-industry trend towards more participants and higher data volumes. Additionally, there is a rising demand for high-quality manufactured connectivity in the fields of intralogistics, renewables, and transportation.

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