Junction blocks simplify sensor communication

One of the challenges with industrial equipment is to get all sensors to communicate with central control. To ease this problem, AutomationDirect, Cumming, Ga., now offers Zip-Port multiport junction blocks that provide time, cost and space savings by allowing multiple sensors to be wired to a single block with one cable connecting to the control panel.Zip-Port multiport

Zip-Port junction blocks are available in field wireable or five-meter cable versions, feature four and fivepin M12 connectors in four, six and eight-port models, and offer a choice of one or two I/O per port.

The blocks provide 24 Vdc and 120 Vdc/ac operation in temperatures ranging from –20° to 80°C and also provide an IP67 degree of protection when all ports are either connected or covered with recommended protective caps.

The five-meter integrated cable series come with three 18-gauge wires for power connection and four to sixteen 22-gauge wires for I/O connections, depending on the number of ports.

The field-wireable junction blocks allow the installer the option of using cables of choice and only the I/O necessary.

All Zip-Port models are available with or without power and signal LED indicators.

For more information, visit www.automationdirect.com or call (800) 633-0405.