New connector made for harsh environments

Paul Boughton

New from Binder is the UL-approved connector Series 696 that is designed for outdoor use and is waterproof and dustproof to IP68, IP69k. Known as the HEC (harsh environment connector), the Series 696 withstands high-pressure washing and offers high levels of resistance to UV, temperature fluctuations, acid rain, salt spray, ozone and other pollutants – making it ideal for all applications operating in harsh environments, including agricultural and construction equipment, traffic and signalling systems, process engineering plants and water purification and recycling equipment.

A three-point bayonet locking system makes for a safe, quick and secure fastening, while a robust coding mechanism prevents incorrect orientation. The connector is suitable for over 1,000 mating cycles and uses a variety of crimp contacts to achieve a secure vibration proof termination.

The initial contact arrangement is an eight-pole hybrid with four signal contacts and three +PE that can accommodate a variety of wire gauges. Signal contacts are rated up to 3A and 60V and power contacts to 25A and 400V. Contacts are gold-plated and it caters for cable sizes from 6-17mm in diameter.

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