SOURCE: Woodhead Industries

April 17, 2007 08:00 ET

Woodhead Industries Expands Its BradControl™ IP67 Discrete I/O Offering With the Classic 60mm Wide Modules for Ethernet Modbus TCP

Modules Incorporate the BradConnectivity Ultra-Lock™ Technology, Which Eliminates Connector-Related Intermittent Signals That Lead to Costly Production Downtime

HANNOVER, GERMANY and LISLE, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 17, 2007 -- Woodhead Industries, a division of Molex Incorporated (NASDAQ: MOLX) (NASDAQ: MOLXA), announces the addition of its Classic 60mm wide family of IP67 BradControl discrete I/O modules for Ethernet Modbus™ TCP (UDP).

The BradControl family of I/O modules provides a reliable solution for connecting industrial controllers communicating on industrial networks to I/O devices. The BradControl Classic 60mm wide I/O modules for Modbus TCP (UDP) come in an 8-port 16 channel format with the availability of multiple I/O configurations supporting both PNP and NPN input devices. The I/O module operates as a slave device in the Ethernet control system, gathering signals and data from local field devices. Each BradControl I/O module comes equipped with diagnostic LEDs providing status information on network, power, inputs and outputs. The BradControl Modbus TCP module features a built-in 2-port switch for network connections, and a four digit display for addressing and status information. To facilitate input and output device wiring BradControl Classic 60mm I/O modules accept standard threaded M12 connectors or the Ultra-Lock connection system.

The Ultra-Lock connection system provides an innovative "push-to-lock" mechanism to provide fast, simple and secure connections between the I/O module and the I/O devices. With the Ultra-Lock connection system, performance and reliability are designed right into the connector. The unique radial seal design provides a reliable, operator independent seal each and every time, eliminating the risk of under- or over-tightening. When installers hear and feel the connector click, they can be assured that it's locked in place -- with no guesswork required.

BradControl discrete I/O modules are ideally suited for use with material handling equipment and automated assembly machinery. They can be machine mounted and are rated for IP67 harsh environments.

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.

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 or

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