AutomationDirect has released a new series of Ethernet cables for industrial communications applications.

Ethernet is a multi-purpose communication protocol that has become the data standard for the industrial market. AutomationDirect offers several PLCs, HMIs and drives that support the Ethernet protocols for data distribution, software programming and configuration.

The New high flex, shielded M12 Ethernet CAT5E patch cables have a TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) jacket ideal for typical industrial applications. This Ethernet cable is flame retardant, chemical resistant and resistant to welding sparks.

The data rate for these Ethernet cables is 100Mbps full duplex, making them ideal for the AutomationDirect products and other devices that support Ethernet communications.

Several connection choices are available including male straight to male straight, male straight to male 90°, male straight to RJ45, and male 90° to RJ45. The cables are available in 0.6m, 1m and 3m lengths and have a -40° to +80°C (-40° to +176°F) temperature rating.

Starting at $19.00, M12 Ethernet patch cables have an ingress protection rating of IP65/66K/67 and are cULus, CSA approved.

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About AutomationDirect:

In business since 1994, AutomationDirect is a distributor offering thousands of industrial automation products for electrical control systems, including PLCs, operator interfaces, AC drives, motors, stepper systems, sensors, motor controls, enclosures and more. Their prices are typically well below the list price of more traditional automation companies because of their business model and focus on efficiency and the majority of their products are stocked for same-day shipping. Plus, get free two-day delivery on orders over $49; some limitations apply. For more information, contact them at 800-633-0405 or visit