A line of compact, quick-disconnect couplings provides fast, safe, and virtually leak-free fluid-line connections. Suitable for analytical instrumentation and sterilizing and processing equipment, the patent-pending NS2 couplings enable high-flow fluid transfer. Also suitable for medical applications such as dialysis, the couplings provide a twist-to-connect locking mechanism and double-sided nonspill shutoff valve. Because air inclusion is low, the risk of contamination and the need to purge fluid lines are minimized. Hose-barb terminations are available for tubing with 3.2 or 6.4 mm ID. Colder Products Co., Mainz-Kastel, Germany.
Suitable for use in compact locations, a 1.5-mm right-angle female safety plug mates with 1.5-mm jacks and yokes. The wire type, size, and jacket material can be selected to suit a variety of applications. The 503 Touchproof safety plug is available in 12 standard colours and includes a gold-plated contact as standard. Capable of developing custom cable designs for medical applications, the firm has more than 50 years of experience manufacturing medical cable and connectors systems for patient diagnostic testing and monitoring. Plastics One Inc., Roanoke, VA, USA.
A global company designs and manufactures electrical, electronic, and fibre-optic connectors for application-specific systems in the medical device and other industries. Typical medical applications of the firm’s products include catheters, laboratory equipment, patient monitors, therapy equipment, and scanners and imaging equipment. The manufacturer also offers a range of stock cable assemblies compatible with common market connectors and its proprietary connector range. The firm can use production technologies such as two-component injection moulding and high-capacity stamping to develop custom interconnect products. Certified to ISO 9001, the manufacturer has production facilities in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North and South America. Amphenol-Tuchel Electronics GmbH, Heilbronn, Germany.
A dielectric PTFE coating can be applied in thicknesses ranging from 0.00127 to 0.0127 mm to wires 0.025 to 0.762 mm diam. Suitable for stainless-steel alloys used in the medical device industry, the coating is applied before the wire is used in a medical device to guarantee complete and even coverage. The coating imparts dielectric properties on the wire. The typical colouring of the coating is green, although clear finishes and other colours are also offered. Sandvik Bioline, Holbrook, Sheffield, UK.
Miniature cables and cable assemblies are available in diameters approximately half as small as the diameter of a human hair. Produced in climate-controlled conditions using in-house machinery designed for handling delicate wires, the cables feature precisely formed subminiature wires. Production of custom cables is available starting in lengths of 100 m. Offering worldwide delivery, the company can also provide custom cables and cable systems for industrial applications. Ernst & Engbring GmbH & Co. KG, Oer-Erkenschwick, Germany.
Integrated connectors combine pins, contacts, blades, and components on a single platform, allowing conductivity and functionality to be designed into small-footprint devices. The MultiWise connectors offer low contact resistance while maintaining the necessary power/signal mix. Compared with conventional connector designs, the use of blade pins can increase conductivity because they can be fabricated from rugged copper and brass alloys. In addition, the connectors can carry more current than alternative designs, enabling them to support a variety of configurations and components. Surface-mount devices such as decoupling capacitors, resistors, and integrated circuits can be placed directly on the connectors. Blades, pins, and contacts are loaded using a technique that does not cause trauma to circuit boards and will not fracture other components or damage electronics. Because the connector elements are never cut, they are not subject to corrosion. Onanon Inc., Milpitas, CA, USA.
Specifically designed for disposable devices, recently developed connectors are available in multiple configurations. The plugs can be overmoulded, directly mounted in a handpiece, or mounted on a disposable cable with a one-piece or two-piece backshell design. The two-piece snap-lock connectors feature easy assembly, an ergonomic rubber grip, a choice of colours, and sufficient space to accommodate embedded systems. The so-called L.U.C. (Limited Use Connector) line withstands EtO and gamma sterilization in conformity with IEC 60601. The disposable plugs can be mated with all of the manufacturer’s high-performance panel and cable receptacles. Maximum cable diameters for the L.U.C. line are 8.7 mm; between 2 and 19 soldered or crimped pins can be accommodated. Fischer Connectors, Apples, Switzerland.
A company specializes in the manufacture of cables and electromechanical components for medical technology and other applications. Medical applications of its cables include computer tomographs, x-ray tubes and generators, and examination devices for digital radiography. Certified to ISO 9001:2000, the manufacturer optically and electrically inspects all of its products. The firm can also develop cables on a custom basis. RMW Kabelsysteme GmbH, Crossen/Elster, Germany.