Push-Pull Connectors Product Roundup  

By AJ Born | August 01, 2023

This week’s Product Roundup highlights push-pull connectors from leading suppliers.

Push-pull connectors

Avnet supplies the ix Industrial IP6X Rectangular Push-Pull connector and cable from Amphenol Communications Solutions. The ix provides Cat6A Ethernet connectivity using the IEC 61076-3-124 mating interface and full sealing to IP65, IP66, and IP67 specifications. While intended for use in industrial ethernet applications requiring additional environmental protection, ix Industrial IP6X has a small, lightweight form factor that works in medical applications and any indoor and outdoor rugged/harsh environments.

The LEMO B Series supplied by Powell Electronics offers a modular, ergonomic, rugged and reliable circular multipole connector for applications needing quick and secure push-pull latching. It is an ideal choice for semiconductor manufacturing and testing processes, Test & Measurement, instrumentation, medical devices, research, and audio/video applications. The modular insert configurations include a wide range of high-density multi-pole, or hybrid electrical contacts. Contacts can be of solder type, crimp, PCB straight or PCB elbow, fiber, coaxial, thermocouple, pneumatic, fluidic, or even high voltage.

Souriau JMX Series Plastic Push-Pull Coupling Connectors supplied by RS offer reliable mating with a push-pull locking mechanism that only requires two fingers to mate/unmate securely with an audible and tactile indicator. The JMX connectors are capable of mating over 2,000 times. These IP68-rated connectors offer protection from fluid ingress and liquid projection in mated or unmated condition. Designed for both indoor and outdoor high-reliability applications requiring a quick-and-easy connect/disconnect method, they can withstand up to 5,000 mating cycles. The design features a small footprint for ease-of-use in limited spaces and a 360° EMI shielded metal housing for reliable signal integrity performance, even in high vibration and shock environments.

Fischer Connectors’ circular push-pull connectors feature the Swiss-based company’s original push-pull automatic locking system that is widely adopted by the industry for its ease of use, safety of mating, and speed in connection and disconnection. They are valued where quick and secure connections are essential and offer an intuitive locking mechanism that allows for easy and rapid mating and unmating. With a simple push-and-pull motion, users can effortlessly connect and disconnect devices, saving valuable time and effort in critical applications. This mechanism also ensures an ultra-reliable connection, even in demanding environments where vibrations, shocks, and other external factors may be present. The infographic image shows how the locking mechanism works: 1) MATING – The plug has an outer sleeve, with flexible fingers, which slides forwards and backwards along the plug body. 2) WHEN CONNECTED – The beveled edges are firmly captured by a locking groove located inside the receptacle. 3) PULLING THE CABLE – The beveled edges of the fingers are forced into the groove, securing the connection. 4) UNMATING – Pulling on the outer sleeve of the plug unlocks the latching mechanism.

The 2M Ram-Lock from Amphenol Aerospace features a positive push-pull locking interface and is perfect for applications where accidental unmating is a concern. Connectors equipped with Ram-Lock offer quick disconnection with peace of mind, as the user must pull on the operating sleeve of the plug to unmate rather than pulling on the cable. Utilizing ball bearings for locking and a traditional D38999 EMI band for shell-to-shell conductivity allows for much more consistent and reliable engagement between the plug and receptacle.

JAE’s JB5 series connectors are small circular connectors with IP68 waterproof rating. The push-pull mating structure enables easy insertion and removal. They have high environmental durability and user-friendly designs that can be widely used in medical, measurement, and communication equipment as well as handheld PCs, scanners, and other small equipment.

 

PEI-Genesis supplies LEMO K-Series IP68 push-pull connectors that have been specifically designed for outdoor applications. The LEMO K-Series IP68 connector includes an inner sleeve and two seals to prevent penetration of solids or liquids into the housing, which is formed by the plug, free socket, fixed socket, or coupler. All models of this series are waterproof and watertight when mated to give a protection index of IP68 per IEC 60529 standard (in mated condition), when correctly assembled to an appropriate cable (IP66 in unmated condition). Built from component parts, LEMO K-Series connectors can be configured into thousands of unique connectors.

Amphenol Communications Solutions’ single-pair Ethernet (SPE) connectors for industrial applications bring direct Ethernet connectivity to peripheral devices like sensors, actuators, and vision system cameras that operate at speeds up to 1 Gb/s. SPE eliminates slow, expensive, and complex fieldbus protocols and connections by simplifying and standardizing existing and new industrial network systems. These connectors are IP67-rated with an M12-size push-pull circular form factor. Robust right angle and vertical PCB mount, and solder cup SPE jacks mate to field terminable plugs, providing a complete shielded interface with latching features. Current handling up to 4A supports PoDL (Power over Data Line) capability up to 1 km.

The Amphenol NEXUS Ranger Series Push-Pull audio, signal, and power connectors from CDM Electronics are versatile and can be used in a variety of applications. This all-new line of small-format circular connectors features single-action push-pull locking and breakaway, IP68 moisture rating, and extended operating temperature range. They are rated at >5,000 mating cycles. The Ranger series’ aluminum black chrome-plated body is lightweight yet durable enough for the most demanding mil/aero and harsh-environment applications.

JPC offers both plastic and metal push-pull connectors in a wide variety of colors in straight, free, and fixed socket. The FDA-approved biocompatible material is IP50-rated and comes in both solder and print contacts. Push-pull connectors are a type of electrical or electronic connector designed to facilitate easy and secure connection and disconnection of cables or devices. These connectors can be inserted and removed with a simple push or pull motion, without the need for twisting or turning. Push-pull connectors are commonly used in applications that require quick and frequent mating and unmating of connections, such as computer peripherals, medical devices, and industrial machinery. They provide a reliable and efficient way to establish and break electrical connections without requiring additional tools or complex procedures.

ITT Cannon’s Push-Pull Series (PL Series) is a versatile and cost-effective solution for demanding medical and industrial applications. These plastic interconnects offer high quality and durability, making them ideal for critical operating performance. With options ranging from two to 14 ways, the PL Series can withstand over 2,000 mating cycles. It provides six keying options and seven color codings, allowing for extensive customization. Whether for disposable or reusable applications, this series offers exceptional versatility. The self-latching mechanism enables easy and quick mating and un-mating, while the connectors are lightweight and ruggedized for medical-grade quality. With cable sizes ranging from ø 2.7 to 6.5 mm, the PL Series is fully sterilizable using gas or steam. Additionally, it is compatible with existing industry solutions.  Value-added cable assembly options are also available.

Easy connection, fast-locking M12 connectors from Phoenix Contact feature a push-pull fast-locking system and guarantee secure, tool-free plugging, even in confined spaces and with a high cabling density. Versions with internal locking also enable compact housing designs.

 

Velok, from Amphenol Pcd, is a small, lightweight, and easy to use rectangular connector designed for low and medium power applications primarily used in aerospace and harsh environments. Its compact design allows for limited space access. Velok’s spring-loaded latch makes mating and unmating a snap by simply pushing to lock or unlock the connection. The push lock provides convenient single-handed and tool-less mating. A positive lock indicator allows visual confirmation that the connector is properly mated. Push-Mate and quick release reduce assembler fatigue.

Smiths Interconnect’s HyperGrip is a circular plastic, user-configurable, color-coded connector with push-pull latching design allowing for one-hand disconnect. HyperGrip is designed to meet medical industry requirements such as finger-proofing to IEC60601. It is flammability-rated to UL94 and compatible with most sterilization requirements. The series includes disposable plugs for HG2 and HG4 sizes designed to support overmolding and high-volume production methods and to withstand at least 30 cycles while ensuring the connector performance in terms of insulation resistance, dielectric withstanding voltage, current carrying, and low-level current resistance.

Amphenol LTW offers a range of push-pull mechanism connectors for easy and efficient mating and unmating. FLOS & FLOS+ Series are full-metal solutions for data, signal, and power transmission with corrosion-resistant coating and 360° EMI shielding. They have IP50/IP68 waterproof, UL94V-0, and 1.5A to 35A current ratings. This series is commonly used in medical and military markets. MPronto-12 M12 push-pull connectors are 100% backward compatible with standard female M12*1.0 sockets, meeting IEC 61076-2-101. MPronto-12 offers IP67, IP68, and IP69K protection, saving over 80% installation time. DIY cable assembly is possible with available parts, and MPronto-12 supports various coding options. Additionally, HS-Lok connectors provide audible feedback and guided key design for easy and error-proof blind mating, with IP68 waterproofing. HS-Lok supports up to 5A for low voltage power and data transmissions, with options for contact configurations, including hybrid (Power+Data).

Omnetics Connector Corporation’s nano series of circular connectors are now available in a breakaway configuration. These connectors are the smallest MIL-quality circulars on the market. With the ability to withstand high shock and vibrations while maintaining electrical integrity, the breakaway feature is ideal for the most demanding applications where size and ruggedness are valued. Designed with an extra retention spring, these connectors are engineered to release (break away) at a pre-determined force. They are available with added waterproof sealing up to IP68 for the mated pair.

Weidmuller push-pullWeidmüller offers PushPull Power plug-in connector sets according to PROFINET specification.

 

 

 

 

Learn more about circular connectors.

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