Drives and Controls Magazine
IEC approves push-pull standard for M12 circular connectors
Published:  29 June, 2020

Eight connector manufacturers have joined forces to establish a standardised push-pull locking mechanism for M12 round connectors. The resulting IEC 61076-2-010 standard describes both external and internal systems using push-pull locking, and is intended to ensure compatibility between connectors from different manufacturers.

The eight manufacturers – Phoenix Contact, Harting, Molex, Murrelektronik, Binder, Conec, Escha and Weidmüller – say that the new connectors will cut installation time and costs, as well as leading to a safe, robust and widely available locking system.

The CDV (committee draft for vote) document was approved with a 92.9% vote in favour of the accepting it as an IEC standard. The final form of the standard is expected to be published in December 2020.

The push-pull M12 locking system standard specifies both internal and external locking versions