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Breakaway Connectors Employ Highly Reliable Quick Disconnect System for Portable Medical Equipment

Thu, 07/01/2010 - 10:11am

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Breakaway Connectors Employ Highly Reliable Quick Disconnect System for Portable Medical Equipment

ITT Interconnect Solutions, a leading global manufacturer and supplier of connectors, interconnects, and cable assemblies, offers a line of breakaway connectors. The Nemesis Series and MKJ Series breakaway connectors incorporate a simple push/pull mating mechanism to engage and disengage the connector systems. The coupling mechanism utilizes a canted spring design, which allows for a quick disconnect and ratings of more than 5000 cycles.

The breakaway technology allows for a highly reliable connection without the danger of tearing the connector off the equipment or out of walls. They are particularly well suited for portable medical imaging and diagnostic equipment, as they are robust and reliable enough to withstand field use.

The breakaway connectors also feature ITT’s spring probe pin/pad contact system. The contact design utilizes an internal clip mechanism that stays in constant contact with the contact itself, helping to reduce electrical contact resistance. Additionally, the spring probe contact system accommodates misalignment issues, making the contact system much more forgiving.

The spring probe system allows the connector receptacle to house individual touch pad contact areas, providing a highly effective electrical engagement point of contact. Further, the spring probe contact system and touch pads allow for easy cleaning in the field, where dirt, moisture, mud, sand, and other contaminants may be present. The individual touch pad contacts contain no crevices for contaminants to accumulate.

The Nemesis Series sealed, lightweight, miniature connectors are resistant to salt spray for more than 500 hours, measure less than 15mm in diameter, and have an anti-reflecting coat. Maximum current rating for the Nemesis WT connectors is 3A and voltage rating is 200VAC RMS at sea level. Minimum insulation resistance is 5000M?, and maximum contact resistance is 8m?. Operating temperature ranges from -40°C to +100°C.  Life span is to 2500 cycles.

The MKJ Series miniature, circular connectors are available with a variety of mounting options for both crimp and PC board contacts, including in-line, jam nut, front mount, square flange mount and flange mount. The connectors are up to 71% lighter and 52% smaller than comparable devices, and feature size 23 pin-and-socket contacts that have the equivalent electrical performance of size 22 contacts. Dielectric withstanding voltage at sea level is 500VAC RMS, 60Hz. Operating temperature ranges from -55°C to +150°C.

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