Belden Inc. is adding new wash-down connectors to its Lumberg Automation product programme in the EMEA region. Optionally available as single-ended or double-ended actuator/sensor cordsets, these connectors come with an M8 or M12 thread and a hexagonal stainless steel coupling nut.
Resistant to aggressive chemicals and cleaning agents, these new connectors have an operating temperature range of -40 to +105degC. They also satisfy the IP67, IP68 and IP69K requirements for ingress protection. As a result they can be high-pressure cleaned, and are therefore suited for use in areas where stringent rules of hygiene apply, for example in the food and beverage sector, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Furthermore, the seal of quality by ECOLAB as well as the pending UL and CSA certification for temperatures up to +90degC will attest the suitability of the connectors for wash-down applications worldwide.
Other features include gold-plated crimp contacts, high shock and vibration resistance, and simple installation. The wash-down connectors guarantee reliable data transmission even under harsh environmental conditions, thus helping to maintain a high productivity level of equipment.
Connectors are available in 3-, 4-, 5-, or 8-pole versions (M8 3 or 4 poles) with a contact resistance ≤5mΩ. Nominal current, rated voltage and rated impulse voltage are in accordance to DIN EN 61076-2-101 and DIN EN 61076-2-104. Insulation resistance is >109Ω. Available in a cream-white colour, the connectors' compact housings are made of polypropylene (PP).
By combining standardised M8/M12 connection technology with a robust design in the new wash-down series, Belden has added an innovative product to its Lumberg Automation product programme. Junior Product Manager Fabian Seymer says: "These connectors ensure a high level of operational reliability at all times and even in the most demanding applications. Beyond that they can be installed quickly and therefore save time and money."