SOURCE: Woodhead Industries

April 18, 2007 08:00 ET

BradConnectivity™ Announces the New M12 Ethernet Product Line

Rugged M12 Ethernet Connection System to Link Enterprise Systems to the Factory Floor

HANNOVER, GERMANY and LISLE, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 18, 2007 -- Woodhead Industries, a division of Molex (NASDAQ: MOLX) (NASDAQ: MOLXA), a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of automation and electrical products for industrial environments, announces a new line of M12 Ethernet connectors and cordsets. The company introduced the industry's first industrial Ethernet RJ-Lnxx® connection system in 2002 using an RJ-45 format and is now expanding its broad Ethernet portfolio with a family of M12 D-code connectors and cordsets. This rugged industry-standard Ethernet connection system provides superior Cat5e performance from the office environment to the harsh, demanding environment of the factory floor. The new product line will be commercially available April 2007.

Key features of the M12 Ethernet product family include:

--  Cordsets are available with standard M12 threaded connectors or the
    higher-performance Ultra-lock™ connection system.  The Ultra-Lock
    connection system is the fastest, easiest and most secure connection ever
    introduced.
--  Cordsets available in both unshielded versions suitable for most
    applications and shielded versions for electrically noisy and
    environmentally demanding locations.
--  Both mechanically tough PVC-jacketed cable for general-purpose
    applications and PUR jacketed cable for increased flexibility and higher
    resistance to oil-based fluids are available.
--  Straight and 90° versions are available.
--  M12 to RJ-45 versions are also part of the cordset suite.
--  Receptacles accept both standard threaded and Ultra-lock™ cordsets,
    providing maximum design flexibility to OEMs.  They are available in front
    panel-mount or back panel-mount, with PG9 and M16 mounting options.
    
The company offers a complete line of Ethernet solutions through its PC interfaces, switches, gateways, diagnostic tools, I/O simulation software, cordsets, connectors, receptacles, and IP67 on-machine & IP20 in-cabinet I/O modules.

More information on these and other Brad® automation solutions can be found by going to www.woodhead.com or www.molex.com.

About Woodhead Industries

Woodhead Industries, a division of Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ: MOLX) (NASDAQ: MOLXA), is a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of a wide array of Automation and Electrical products engineered for superior performance in demanding, harsh, or hazardous industrial environments. Woodhead Industries "Empowers the Industrial Infrastructure" with innovative products and solutions that extend from mechanical, electrical and electronics, to communications/networking devices and diagnostic software. Woodhead Industries' Brad® lines of Automation products include such globally recognized names as applicom®, Direct-Link™, mPm®, RJ-Lnxx® and SST™. The Woodhead family of Electrical products include globally recognized names such as Aero-Motive®, Daniel Woodhead®, Watertite® and Super-Safeway®. Molex operates from 54 locations in 18 countries spanning North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. For more information, please visit www.woodhead.com or www.molex.com.

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