Omnetics’ circular connectors, often used for military and aerospace applications, are now also being used in the medical field. According to the company, the connectors are being applied to medical components and applications including catheters, cochlear implant hearing aides and blood perfusion monitors. The shrouded circular connectors come in a variety of sizes and pin configurations, ranging from 5 to 27 pins, and are D-shaped to prevent connector mismatching.
The connectors are available off the shelf or with custom configuration. “You can use the standard plastic enclosing or we can take that standard assembly and put it in a metal housing,” says Paul Reighard, design engineer for Omnetics. “We have our COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) program where we provide our 5- to 27-pin connectors, which are available as golden cups, straight tail or pre-wired.”
Omnetics has also started to develop circular nano-connectors, which are set to be available in the fall.
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