Connectivity Options: DIN vs Deutsch

Connectivity Options DIN vs Deutsch

Paul Badowski | April 11th, 2018

We have all learned to utilize the benefits and the ease of ordering DIN style cables pre-wired. DIN connectors had taken over the industrial and mobile market on solenoid valves, pressure switches, and other devices. From a variety of sources, you can order these DIN connectors pre-wired, molded, and tested. You can select the length of the cable, type of wire, and even add circuit protective diodes, resistors, timers, or indicator lights.

Taking this a step further, you can also add a secondary connector on the opposite end. This allows you to plug the connector directly into a remote output block which is hooked into the machine network. This takes away termination of hundreds of wires and only requires the network connection. Each connector is factory tested, plug and play. Wiring labor costs are dramatically reduced.

Introduction of Deutsch Connectors

Standard Pre-Wired Deutsch Cable

Over the last few years, mobile machine products have seen a rapid growth in the Deutsch style connector. The smaller size, improved environmental sealing, and push-to-lock connection are an improvement over the DIN style plug. Many wiring harnesses utilize the multi-pin Deutsch configuration and then break out into the smaller two-pin Deutsch for direct connection into the device. The 12V and 24V mobile systems don’t have a third or fourth wire requirement which is available in the DIN style connector.

Selecting Between DIN and Deutsch

A premier supplier of Pre-Wired DIN Connectors is Canfield Connector, who has been providing pre-wired DIN solutions since the early 1980’s. I contacted them recently to discuss Deutsch Connectors and wanted to know what options would be available. I was supplied two flyers which show their ability to assist in the products required for the changing industry.

The first product is very simple, a pre-wired Deutsch two-pin connector. This is great because many smaller OEM’s don’t want to purchase the special crimping tools and supplies required to utilize the Deutsch style connectors.

One major difference in the DIN and Deutsch connectors are the requirement for multiple parts and special tools. If you buy an un-wired DIN connector, it comes with all of the parts necessary to wire the connector yourself. Disassemble the connector, insert the wire, strip back the individual wires and install into the terminals. The only required tool is a small electrician screwdriver to loosen and tighten the terminals.

With the Deutsch connector, you’ve got to specify several parts. Depending on the wire size and connection type (male or female), you’ll need to order socket or pin type, solder or crimp type. You’ll need the connector body, a wedge, and then the connector cover and seal. The parts are relatively inexpensive and many options are available. If you choose the crimp style, you will also need a specialty crimper to ensure a positive and secure connection.

Once the wires are attached to the connections, the connections are pushed into slots until positively seated and then the wedge, connector cover, and seal are installed. This seems a bit complicated but once you get the knack of it, the process is not too difficult. But in the end, the electrician can spend their time doing much more meaningful tasks. So, to recap:

Option #1: Deutsch

Pre-Wired Deutsch Cable with Indicator

Buy pre-wired two-pin Deutsch connectors with cables. A six-foot or 15-foot-long cable is standard and would cover most requirements. Specialty lengths are also available. Plug in the cable and terminate the two wires. In quantity, you can order these with an additional cable installed on the opposite end for a complete plug and play system.

These cables are available unlit or with your choice of an indicator light, solenoid valve, and pressure switch. With the solenoid style indicator, the indicator glows when there is power to the solenoid. With the pressure switch style indicator, the indicator glows when the switch contacts are made. A variety of AC/DC or combination voltages are available with a 10 AMP rating.

Option #2: DIN

DIN Connector to 2-Pin Deutsch Adaptor

Pre-wired DIN to Deutsch adapter. This allows you to utilize the Deutsch technology on applications which already have the DIN style in place or where there is not an option to change the product to Deutsch connectors directly at the source. Plug in the adapter and you’ve now changed the connector style to Deutsch.

Either of these choices will allow you to utilize your time for more important functions other than wiring connectors. Contact Cross Company and we’ll get some on order for you today!

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Paul Badowski has worked in the Fluid Power Industry since 1988. His background includes hydraulics, pneumatics, motion controls, robotics, and visions systems - from components sales to complete hydraulic systems. Paul has called Michigan, Florida, and Georgia home. Paul received a Business Management Degree from Georgia Southwestern State University in 2013. Playing tennis and exploring historic Savannah keeps Paul busy in his free time.