In2Connect UK is now stocking the Weipu range of SF12 connectors to build an indoor/outdoor interconnects system that offers the performance and reliability of MIL connectors at the cost of a commercial (COTS) product. The SF12 (panel mounting hole size 12mm) series of multi-pin, push-pull coupling connectors will provide IP67 integrity when mated. They are widely used for safe control and power connections between equipment where IP67 is critical, e.g. in broadcast and other applications like LED lights and LED display walls, outdoor security cameras, etc.
The SF12 connector has a self-catching system which is renowned for its easy and quick mating and unmating features. This easy to use, push-pull locking system reduces the time taken to achieve a robust, waterproof lP67 seal by a factor of up to 10 times compared to a traditional screw-thread mechanism. It also provides security against vibration, shock or tensional stress on the cable and facilitates operation in a very limited space. Once firmly latched, connection cannot be broken by pulling on the cable. When required, the connector is disengaged by a single axial pull on the outer release sleeve. It first disengages the latches and then withdraws the plug from the socket.
Using a combination of O ring sealing, high temperature 260 degrees inserts, grommets and compression nuts; the insulators and contact areas in these connectors are sealed against environmental elements. The “O” ring is sited so that the integral back shell can be easily removed close to the solder contacts to allow accurate soldering of the incoming cable. Connector end caps are available to suit and IP67 integrity is achieved when male and female connectors are mated or when the IP67 end cap is fitted to the IP67 socket body.
The screw machined brass, solder terminations on the SF12 range are plated gold over nickel in cable free plug, in-line cable receptacle, square flange and jam nut panel mounting receptacle options. Available with from 2 to 9 contacts ranging from 13A to 3A and rated voltages of 250 or 125 dependant on the chosen planform, the connectors can handle incoming cable diameters from 4 to 8mm.
Plug and receptacle housings are keyed to ensure correct polarisation and tactile feedback when mating. Unlike many competitors’ products all the Pintail SF12 connectors have the option of male or female contacts in any body shell; plus the ability to join cables with cable-end plug and in-line receptacle models. Constructed of chrome plated brass shells with 260 degrees C inserts these connectors have very stable dielectric and insulating properties plus they provide good mechanical properties at their design temperatures of -40 to 100 degrees C. They are RoHS compliant, CE marked, small, lightweight and extremely cost-effective ~ without compromising the integrity of the interconnection.
SF12 connectors are designed for at least 500 mating cycles and can accommodate cable diameters from 3 to 8mm.