Ethernet for industrial environment

The harsh environments of plants and workshops put much more stress on the components than the office environment does: Dust, moisture, chemicals, mechanical stress, extreme temperatures and much higher electromagnetic interference lead to specifications which were unknown and unrivalled in the past. At the same time, plants and workshops demand highest possible reliability and availability, as even short service interruptions lead to high losses.

One hour downtime of a PC in an office is annoying; one hour downtime of a production line is not acceptable as it inevitably means losing enormous amounts of money. Especially in the industrial environment quality and reliability of the components – above all outlets and connectors – are exceptionally important and in most cases mission-critical. So it’s no wonder that for industrial applications different standards apply, e.g. ISO/IEC 24702 for the cabling and IEC 61076-3-106 for the connectors

Protection class

In addition to the quality of carefully coordinated components, protection against solid and liquid substances is also important in industrial applications. The international standard IEC 60529 defines the IP code (International Protection) as a simple designation system: the first digit indicates protection against the ingress of solid bodies such as dust, the second digit indicates protection against water / moisture.

Protection against solid foreign objects*

0no particular protection
1Protection against solid foreign objects with Ø 50 mm or more
2Protection against solid foreign objects Ø 12,5 mm or more
3Protection against solid foreign objects Ø 2,5 mm or more
4Protections against solid foreign objects Ø 1,0 mm or more




* Definitions see IEC 60529

Protection against water*

0no particular protection
1Protection against vertically dripping water
2Protection against dripping water. There must be no harmful effect on materials tipped (in a container) up to 15° from its normal position
3Protection against fine water spray
4Protection against water splashing
5Protection against water jet
6Protection against stong water jet
7Protection against water, when the material is temporarily immersed in water
8The material is suitable for continous submersion in water; to be agreed between customer and vendor
9Protection against water when highpressure or steam cleaners are used; to be agreed between customer and vendor.