Easy mating, cleaning and integration makes connectivity easy

Posted By : Anna Flockett
Easy mating, cleaning and integration makes connectivity easy

Fischer Connectors is continuing to push the boundaries of technological innovation in rugged miniaturisation, high-speed data transmission, sealing, and wearability. Committed to making lives easier the company has launched a breakthrough plug and use connectivity technology with its new product line, the Fischer FreedomTM Series and its first product, the Fischer LP360TM.

The Fischer FreedomTM Series claims to revolutionise wearable connectivity, as it meets design engineers´ urgent needs for designing and connecting portable and body-worn applications quickly and easily, thanks to three technology innovations:

  • Mating - no key code allows for 3600 mating 'freedom'
  • Locking - ball-locking mechanism with sealing and variable pre-defined force (patent pending)
  • Materials - specially designed pins on the plug are IP68 sealed with a membrane (patent pending)

Thanks to these innovations, the Fischer FreedomTM Series facilitates integration, maximises usability and optimises cable management for a wide variety of applications within markets such as defence, security, medical, industrial and civil engineering - to name just a few.

The Fischer FreedomTM Series is ideal for a wide variety of portable and body-worn applications within markets such as defence, security, medical, industrial and civil engineering.

"Our core mission at Fischer Connectors is to make our customers' lives easier with a collaborative approach and tailored connectivity solutions," said Jonathan Brossard, Fischer Connectors Group´s CEO. "The creation of the Fischer FreedomTM Series is evidence that our mission actually strengthens our customers´ abilities to design for their markets. Reimagining connectivity like we´ve shown in the new Fischer Freedom Series allows those customers to turn their ambitious ideas into solutions that fit their world and help them break into new markets as well."

Threefold usability
The new Fischer FreedomTM Series and the Fischer LP360TM set a new standard in usability, which is threefold.

The new product line makes end users´ lives easier by reducing cognitive, weight and reliability burdens thanks to:

  1. Easy mating. Mating the Fischer LP360TM becomes as intuitive as buttoning up a vest - without compromising on the high-performance reliability required in harsh environments.
  2. Easy cleaning. The new connector is fully cleanable (both plug and receptacle) and is easy to use and maintain with a faster set up and improved durability. The Fischer FreedomTM Series also makes the life of design engineers easier, as it meets their need to easily and seamlessly integrate connectors - with or without cables - into multifunctional portable or body-worn devices.
  3. Easy integration. Thanks to its compact and low-profile design, the Fischer LP360TM is easy to integrate into clothing with devices and subsystems; via the panel-mounted plug interface, cables can even be removed completely, and the connector can be directly integrated into the housing of such devices as a camera, a sensor, a light, a GPS.

Optimised cable management
The Fischer FreedomTM Series optimises cable management with an extremely reliable connectivity ecosystem.

As the Fischer LP360TMhas no key code, it offers 3600 mating 'freedom', meaning it can be plugged and routed in any direction, ensuring that the cable can always go straight to the device. No more twists and turns means shorter cables in the equipment body-worn by dismounted soldiers, healthcare professionals or patients, civil engineers, surveyors and operators, and law enforcement officers and security guards.

In certain applications, the need for cable can be eliminated completely. 

Shared data and power bus opens up new opportunities in smart clothing and IoT The usability as well as the integrability of the Fischer FreedomTM Series connectivity solutions contribute to making wearable devices smaller, faster and smarter - and, ultimately, to making high-performance and smart clothing a reality.

The Fischer FreedomTM Series enables design engineers to build an intelligent vest which works as a hub with multiple portable and body-worn devices connected to a shared data and power bus. Clutter is reduced and usability increased, making equipment lighter and faster to set up. These benefits also open up further opportunities in the Internet of Things (IoT).

Wim Vanheertum, Director of Product Management at Fischer Connectors, explained: "The Fischer FreedomTM Series offers a unique connectivity solution that has been thought of and designed entirely from the outset for the benefit of our customers. It fulfills in a unique way the need for usability and easy integration that our customers, the design engineers, constantly express - and also our customers´ customers: those who use the applications they have designed. Our breakthrough lightweight, compact, extremely reliable and intuitive solution is easy to integrate into applications operating in diverse and challenging environments, including portable and wearable electronic ecosystems delivering power and data with optimised cabling: the cable can always go in a straight line to the device, without any twists, turns and tangles. In certain applications, the need for cable can be eliminated completely when the plug is integrated directly into the housing of devices such as a camera, a sensor, a light, or a GPS. It offers, in that sense, the wireless (cable-free) without the hassle of the wireless» and thus paves the way for further expansion into breakthrough connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT)."

Vanheertum concluded: "The creation of a brand-new product line with breakthrough connectivity technology at its heart, as embodied by the Fischer Freedom Series, isn´t something that happens every day. It´s an exceptional honor for me to have managed this product development and to plan the future expansion of this new product line."


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