Fischer Connectors Breaks New Ground in Miniaturization
The new Fischer MiniMax™ from Fischer Connectors is a first-of-its kind rugged push-pull interconnect solution for today’s smaller devices. An all-in-one 20 signal (0.5A) and 4 power (5A) connector with a patents-pending 24 mixed contacts, the MiniMax boasts a durability of over 500 mating cycles. It is designed for the harshest environments, passing extreme temperature tests and 1,000 hours of salt water spray.
Fischer Connectors USA President and CEO Stephen Gosk says the new connector will help customers by applying more connections into a smaller space. “The connector itself is about the width of a push-pin, so it is a great engineering achievement to design it so that the power and signal don’t interfere with one another,” says Gosk. “We’re expecting to see a lot of use in hazardous environments, on portable equipment like communications devices, and even in medical and harsh industrial applications.”
Product manager David Magni says Fischer Connectors set out to cut cost and weight from the connector solution. “Our customers have demanding applications in harsh environments, but they are just like everyone else when it comes to finding the right balance of performance vs. cost,” he says. “The MiniMax is more cost-effective not only because you have a physically smaller connector, but the 24-contact configuration can mean fewer connectors are used. On top of that, there are fewer cables needed, so the entire device becomes more cost effective and stays reliable. The solution is also 100% pre-cabled, which is a great time-saver.”
The MiniMax is available in three latching systems: push-pull, breakaway and screw lock.
- Small profile: less than 7mm inside the box
- Sealed to 120m, both mated and unmated
- Unbreakable keying system withstands over 4 Nm of torque
- Over-molded assemblies able to withstand 100 lbs of pull (break-away) force