The challenge of surviving in harsh environments requires a highly rugged connector design. Applications with especially difficult specifications include military, down hole measurements, outdoor all weather connections, food and chemical processing, and waterproof connections. For these situations, ruggedness is a top priority and connector suppliers are rising to the challenge.
RUGGEDIZED OUTDOOR FIBER OPTIC CONNECTORS
Conec developed this fiber optic connector that qualifies for an IP67 rating using an SC duplex connector. The outer housing is a standard D-Sub metal. Combined with special outdoor cable, this connector can be used for outdoor applications. Units are available in multimode and singlemode format in hood system with connector, panel adapter, and panel connector types. With a ceramic ferrule and captive dust boot made of metal IP65, the units are rated for 100 mating cycles and operation over a temperature range of -40 to +80C. For more information, visithttp://rbi.ims.ca/4416-526.
HIGH TEMPERATURE CONNECTORS
AirBorn's miniature Micro-D High Temperature Connectors operate in unusual working conditions, including extreme temperatures, shock, and high vibration. Designed with special heat-resistant materials that allow operation up to 205C the Micro-D MTHT connectors are available in several standard I/O and PCB mount versions. The connectors ensure extra stability with four mounting holes for pc board attachment and have a low profile mount with a metal backshell and radiused mounting ears. The MTHT connectors perform in extreme environments such as "down hole" Measurement While Drilling (MWD) tools in oil field drilling and exploration. For more information on AirBorn High Temperature Micro-D Connectors, go tohttp://rbi.ims.ca/4416-523.
RUGGED POWER CONNECTION
Interpower Corporation's single and three-phase system IEC 60309 connectors are rated up to 415V ac and 125A for international applications, and up to 480V ac and 100A for North American applications. The connectors and socket outlets have spring-loaded covers reducing the possibility of foreign objects hitting the contacts. The cover also locks to avoid the accidental uncoupling of plug and socket. Cable-mount plug and connector versions include cable nut or PVC sleeve options. Panel-mount options include straight and 45-degree inlet units. For more information on Interpowers connectors, go tohttp://rbi.ims.ca/4416-524.
MINIATURE WATERPROOF CONNECTOR
Bulgin developed its smallest pc board mounting waterproof connector for compatibility with the 400 Series flex connectors. With the body material UL94V-0 rated, the fully dust and waterproof (to IP68) connector family was developed for use in 1.6-mm pc boards. The new units have gold plated contacts rated to 5A 125V ac/dc (4-8 way) and 1A 50V ac/dc (10 and 12 way) with availability in 4-, 6-, 8-, 10-, and 12-way versions. The rear panel mounted PX0413 allows direct soldering to a pc board and securing to the panel with a single panel attachment nut. For more information on Bulgin's miniature waterproof connectors, go tohttp://rbi.ims.ca/4416-525.