What does the future hold?

Here are 5 future trends for connection technology

Although the name LAPP will in future no longer include any reference to cable, we are still a long way away from the end of this technology. We see this in the major trends in the connection technology sector, alongside other exciting developments.

Trend 1: Cable cooperates with wireless

The use of wireless connections is growing, more and more also in factories. Industrial production facilities operate to a strict cycle. When it is essential that information is reliably transmitted to the millisecond, however, the cable still has the upper hand. Cables are also less vulnerable to faults or hacking attacks. Operators are therefore moving towards cable-based systems augmented by wireless technology.

Trend 2: Connector 4.0

A TV today, a vacuum cleaner tomorrow, all on the same production line. This flexibility also has consequences for connection technology. Where electrical connections were once hardwired and never touched again, modern factories require modular connectors that can be removed and reconfigured many times.

Trend 3: Plug & produce

Machinery producers need to concentrate on what they do best, which does not include assembling cables. Shortening the cable, attaching connectors and creating complete power chains ties up resources. The solution is to use customised, state-of-the-art assemblies that can be connected straight away.

Trend 4: Compact, hybrid, connected

The increasing power of microchips is the driving force behind digitalisation, but is also fuelling a trend towards smaller devices. This is having a big impact on industrial connection technology. Machines are becoming more compact and require more data connections. We are therefore seeing increasingly frequent use of hybrid cables, for example, which combine power and data cables with hoses for pneumatics and hydraulics in a single sheath.

Trend 5: From AC to DC

The change from AC to DC in energy distribution promises enormous energy savings, and is therefore only a matter of time. But what about the technology used here? Conventional switches and connectors are not suitable for DC voltage because the polarity of the voltage does not change and there is no arc breakage when switching off. This requires new connectors and automatic shut-offs. Even the cables will likely require a rethink. LAPP is doing just this in a major research project.

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