Ruggedized distribution boxes from Belden

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Utility supplies: Belden Inc., a provider of signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has extended its Lumberg Automation product offering to include new, passive rugged distribution boxes designed to minimize machine downtime. Available in more than 20 versions, these Actuator Sensor Box-Ruggedized (ASB-R) distribution boxes permit reliable connections, even in the most demanding environments. The robust and fully-encased die-cast zinc housing can withstand shavings, welding sparks, aggressive coolants, lubricants, as well as shock and vibration.

Because the ASB-R distribution boxes can be directly mounted on machinery, no sub-distribution through terminal blocks or screw-in cable fasteners is necessary, which lowers costs. Standardized M12 connection technology simplifies the installation process, while minimizing the effort required for maintenance and storage. It also ensures that extensions to plants and equipment, or retrofitting of machinery, can be carried out quickly and easily.

With long operational lifetimes, these robust ASB-R distribution boxes bundle signals from actuators and sensors and transmit them to control systems via a single control cable. Among typical application are metalworking machinery, welding lines and material handling systems. “The new distribution boxes help to enhance machine productivity and also feature an outstanding price-performance ratio,” says Product Manager Toni Hauert.

These passive ASB-R rugged distribution boxes come with an IP67 protection rating. They are equipped with four or eight vibration-proof M12 ports and metal screw threads. The range includes versions with one or two channels, with fixed control cable or M23 connection for field-attachable cables, and distribution boxes with or without LED function indicators.

The optimized port layout ensures simple handling, even when the number of connections has been doubled by means of T-distributors. Further features of the flexible ASB-R rugged distribution boxes include a compact design, an extended operating temperature range of -40°C to +80°C, and national/international certifications that ensure they can be used globally.

In a world moving toward interoperability, visibility is vital to operators as they face increasing demands to receive, analyze and share data. Belden’s industrial connectivity solutions address these needs head on. With more connected machines, increasing data volumes and productivity demands at an all-time high, customers in challenging environments can count on Belden cable, Lumberg Automation and Hirschmann industrial connectors for a complete communications infrastructure designed to last. Belden’s customized systems provide robust performance and reliability for a wide range of industrial automation applications.

About Belden
Belden Inc., a global leader in high quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today's applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

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