What is DeviceNet?
DeviceNet is a type of multiconductor cable that is known for using the Common Industrial Protocol over a Controller Area Network (CAN) media layer. What does this mean? It means that DeviceNet is a network system that interconnects control devices for data exchange. It is utilized in the automation industry. Why use DeviceNet? Using CAN protocol creates a network of electronic devices. In essence, the network allows instruments to work together since they share data. Often times, these cables are used in larger networks. They are also used in networks that have components which draw power directly from the bus.
"DeviceNet is a network system that interconnects control devices for data exchange."
Where would I use DeviceNet products?
DeviceNet products are often utilized in locations where multiple electronic devices need to be connected together and exchange data. They offer a low-cost solution for data network operation. As we said above, DeviceNet is commonly found in use in the automation industry where multiple pieces of equipment need to be synchronized in order to perform one larger task. This is why you will find DeviceNet in use in production plants and in manufacturing facilities where larger assembly lines create complex products. One question we hear from our customers is what is the difference between Micro-C and Mini-C.
What is the difference between Micro-C and Mini-C?
The primary differences between Micro-C and Mini-C are the diameter of the cables and the stranding of the internal conductors. Mini-C has an outside diameter of 0.475” and a conductor stranding of #15 and #18 depending on the pair you are measuring. On the other hand, Micro-C has an outside diameter of 0.280” and a conductor stranding of #22. Basically, Mini-C is the larger of the two and Micro-C is built for smaller applications. Both types carry the same approvals and compliances as well as the same characteristics. Once you know whether you want Micro-C or Mini-C, the next step is to consider what other DeviceNet products you need for your application.
What are the other DeviceNet products used for?
Pacer offers a range of DeviceNet products in order to give you the freedom to create a system that offers the highest level of functionality. Not everyone is going to need each product, and some applications may only call for a few. Below we will take a look at each of the main types of DeviceNet products we offer and where you might use them.
Extension cordsets are used to extend the length of your data transmission run. They are available in both Micro-C and Mini-C options. Additionally, they can be purchased with connectors on the end or loose wires depending on the type you select and your intended application. We offer multiple varieties so you can get the exact type that you need.
This type of DeviceNet product can be used at the end of a run of Mini-C or Micro-C DeviceNet cables depending on the style you select. They are essential in preventing impedance in cable ends. They are installed between lan+ and lan-, not to ground. Once installed to the end of a DeviceNet cable, their purpose is to stop the characteristic impedance of the wire from increasing.
T-Adapters are designed for use in data transmission cables. They are easy to install and are called T-adapters as they are in the shape of the letter "T". This gives it three ends with three connectors. The connectors may vary depending on whether you get Micro-C or Mini-C T-Adaptors. They are perfect for field use and have been built with the marine environment in mind.
Multi-port 6-way adapters are the perfect solution for connecting multiple DeviceNet cables together. With easy twist-on connections, they are simple to install as well as being field serviceable. Rated for 30 Volts DC and 4 AMPs, these 6-way adapters have not been rated for interrupting current. All our DeviceNet products are built with the marine environment in mind and protect data transmission signals.
Bulkhead Mount Receptacles are used to pass a DeviceNet cable through a bulkhead or other surface. They are used to create a water tight connection point ensuring that your data connections are not affected in any way. You can connect your cable to the connector and wire the pigtail on the other side into any of a number of connectors. Additionally, we offer a type without the pigtail.
DeviceNet Micro-C Trunk Attachable Connectors are used to create a female end connection point on a pigtail. Simple to use and completely watertight when correctly assembled these connectors offer solid protection in the toughest conditions out there. They are perfect for use in field serviceable applications and are built with longevity in mind.
What industries use DeviceNet products?
DeviceNet is found in industries where automation is a major component of product production. This includes industries such as the automotive industry, the marine industry, the aviation industry, and even the database industry. This just shows how useful DeviceNet products are. If they couldn’t handle their task with efficiency, you wouldn’t find them in so many different industries. This is also why we carry so many different products related to DeviceNet. So that you can find the exact parts you need to get your project done on time.
Why choose Pacer Group?
With over forty years in the marine industry, Pacer has earned the reputation as an industry leader. After so much time in the industry, we have mastered our craft. Through testing, refining, and perfecting, we have created a catalog of the highest quality parts available as well as made a name for ourselves throughout multiple industries around the world. Some of the largest boat builders in the world turn to Pacer for their electrical solutions. They do this because they know they can trust us and our products. When you see Pacer on your products, you know that you have quality.