Small, rugged push-pull connector has a 24-contact configuration

Fischer Connectors engineers in Alpharetta, GA, are targeting small military devices used in harsh environments such as portable communications equipment with their MiniMax rugged push-pull interconnect solution that provides more connections in a smaller space. The product is an all-in-one 20 signal (0.5 A) and 4 power (5 A) connector that has a patents-pending 24 mixed contacts. It has a durability of more than 5,000 mating cycles and has passed extreme temperature tests including 1,000 hours of saltwater spray.

Designed to meet reduced size and weight requirements, the MiniMax also cuts down on cost because it is not only a physically smaller connector, but its 24-contact configuration can mean fewer connectors are used. In addition, fewer cables are needed, and the solution is also 100 percent pre-cabled, which cuts down on integration time. The MiniMax is avail-able in three latching systems: push-pull, breakaway, and screw lock.

Its profile is less than 7 mm inside the box. The device is sealed to 120 m both mated and unmated, has a keying system that can withstand more than 4 Nm of torque, and has overmolded assemblies that can withstand 100 lbs. of pull (breakaway) force.