Cables/Connecting

Fischer Connectors Breaks New Ground In Miniaturization

20th July 2012
ES Admin
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. It is designed for the harshest environments, passing extreme temperature tests and boosts an impressive 1,000 hours of salt water spray. The MiniMax is available in three latching systems: push-pull, breakaway and screw lock.
Fischer Connectors SA VP Sales & Marketing Pierre Marechal 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 Marechal. “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 saving.”

Important specifications:
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 40 kg of pull (break-away) force

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