13 February 2012 Waterproof connector for industrial sensing applications Intelliconnect (Europe) now offers a range of multi pin waterproof connectors available with from 4 to 14 connecting pins. According to the UK based manufacturer of rf and waterproof connectors, the 4 way connector compliments, in performance and dimensions, the commonly used TNC waterproof coaxial rf connector. Remote sensing and monitoring of equipment and pipelines in industrial, water and petrochemical installations is becoming increasingly popular. Remote monitoring eliminates the need for constant manual measurement and enables planned intervention and correction to take place, reducing costly failures and emergency shut-downs of plant. Remote sensing systems typically use a range of permanently installed wireless enabled sensors which can measure the thickness of pipes for signs of corrosion, flow direction, flow rates and other critical parameters as part of a control and monitoring system. The company has developed a range of multi pin connectors capable of handling 3 amps of signal current and rated to IP68 in its unmated condition. In order for the connector to be fitted alongside waterproof TNC connectors used for rf antennas and provide a uniform panel design, the 4 contact pins required were installed into the same style connector shell. The insert design is keyed to ensure positive mating and eliminate the possibility of damage by mis-mating. The connector is designed to handle power as well as low voltage signals enabling switching and actuation of electro mechanical devices. The maximum space between the contacts in a TNC body allows for an operating voltage of 300v RMS with a dielectric withstanding voltage (DWV) of 1000v RMS. The Insulation resistance of the connector is 5000M? to ensure reliable operation in high altitude or high humidity applications and the durability rating is specified at 500 insertion cycles minimum. To allow for all possible environmental conditions in use, from sub zero conditions in places such as Russia and Alaska through to the heat of Texas or Saudi Arabia an operating range of -65 to 165°C is standard. All metal components are standard nickel plating over a brass body to meet TNC specification Mil-prf 39012 enabling both the Intelliconnect 4 way quadraxial connector and rf TNC connector to be fitted into equipment and offer a uniform design both aesthetically and functionally. Intelliconnect has extended this new waterproof multi pin connector range from 2 up to 14 way connectors. All models are rated to IP68, waterproof in their unmated condition to a depth of 20m for a period of four hours minimum. Typical applications include MIL, marine, oil and gas, communications and rail traction. Author Chris Shaw Comment on this article Websites http://www.intelliconnect.co.uk Companies Findlay Media Ltd This material is protected by Findlay Media copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. Enjoy this story? People who read this article also read... NIDays 2013 NIDays is a technical conference designed specifically for ... Read Article Southern Manufacturing This year, Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is set to be ... Read Article Claire Jeffreys, NEW Claire Jeffreys, events director, National Electronics Week, ... Read Article Shaping NPL's future The Universities of Strathclyde and Surrey have been named as ... Read Article What you think about this article: Add your comments Name Email Comments Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published. Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.