binder, the circular connector specialist manufacturer, has made available a fool-proof connector system designed for applications such as patient monitoring in the medical and home health care industry.
Key selection criteria for specifying a connector system, particularly in the medical sector, is how often the connector will be mated and the environmental protection required when in use. The IP rating determines the degree of protection to dust and liquid and medical connectors are typically rated IP54 and above.
Connectors are available with a variety of locking systems. Screw connectors provide the ultimate protection against accidental un-mating and have excellent IP performance but, on the downside, they are generally the most expensive type of connector, especially in metal versions. They are also not “convenient” for frequent mating cycles.
Push-pull connectors can also be expensive. However, the trend towards plastic versions has helped to reduce cost while snap-in and bayonet connectors provide quick and simple mating and are generally the lowest cost solution.
To satisfy the need for a simple and reliable medical connector system, binder developed its Series 570 ELC (for Easy Locking Connector) specifically for use where the need for constant mating and un-mating is an important consideration. binder has designed the connector to be capable of more than 5000 mating cycles which is enough to satisfy the operating requirements of many medical system applications.
The ELC connector features an intuitive locking system that clicks together to ensure positive mating and protection against un-mating. It is also impossible to mis-mate the connector system as the mating position is defined by the profile shape of the mating area.
Even un-mated, the female panel mount connector has been designed to provide protection against the ingress of liquids, water splash and accidental electrical contact and, when mated, the new ELC connector offers protection to IP54.
Other important features include a PA66 plastic housing, 12 gold plated contacts rated at 2A, 150V. Wire size is 0.25mm² and operating temperature range is -25⁰C to +85⁰C.