MOTION CONTROL: AutomationDirect has extended its sensor cable offering to include quick-disconnect and patch cables with LED indicators. The new patch cables have a right-angle M12 female plug with an LED indicator on one end and an axial male connector on the other. Available in six lengths ranging from 0.3m to 10m, the cables feature a polyurethane jacket for dependable use in oily and direct sunlight applications. Prices for patch cables with LED indicators start at $10.75. Also added are quick-disconnect cables with an LED indicator to confirm signal presence. Fitted with industry standard M12 right-angle female plugs, these cables can be used with patch cables to extend distance. Available in 2-, 5-m and 10-m lengths, these cable prices start at $10.75.
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