Harting, Hirose and Fluke networks have announced the availability of an adapter that supports the ix industrial connector, for its DSX CableAnalyzer family of network cabling certification tools. The new adapter allows the DSX CableAnalyzer to connect to cabling systems that use the ix industrial,,for the purposes of pre-start up verification and troubleshooting.

The ix industrial itself was a joint venture, thought up through technology designed by Hirose and Harting, introduced to the market in 2016. It is a rugged Ethernet connector for harsh environments, conforming with the IEC 61076-3-124 standards. 

Both partners understand the need for pre-start up testing of cabling systems, stating: “Even when customers and contractors use top quality components, variations in the installation process can cause issues, ranging from intermittent to total network failures, leading to unplanned downtime. Certifying the installed cabling to industry standards during deployment reduces start-up time and prevents costly cabling-related downtime.”

The Fluke networks DSX CableAnalyzer Series supports a variety of in-plant cabling, up to and including Category 8, single and multi-mode fibre, and standards from the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), International Standards Organisation (ISO/IEC) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Over 30 cabling manufacturers worldwide have endorsed the DSX CableAnalyzer Series for the certification of their installed systems. 

“Research shows that more than half of all industrial Ethernet failures can be allocated to cabling issues,” stated Walter Hock, VP and general manager of Fluke networks: “Examples include failed connectors, cable or shield breaks, susceptibility to electromagnetic interference or moisture, and cables that don’t meet specification or are simply too long. The DSX CableAnalyzer Series can now ensure that installed cables with ix industrial connectors are suitable for industrial Ethernet environments, before machinery starts running, or to troubleshoot these problems quickly in the case of failure.”

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