Fischer expands Freedom range with new materials and configurations
Nine products have been added to Fischer’s Freedom connector series. According to the company, the additions set new standards in usability, integration capability and versatility.
According to Fischer, the Freedom series enables design engineers to integrate more technology and functionality into fixed or wearable ecosystems and cable-free devices in markets such as defence and security, medical, instrumentation, industrial and civil engineering, robotics, wearables and the IoT.
The company has introduced new features, new configurations, new materials and new active devices, which will be commercially available from September 2019. The connectors use the modular connectivity of the Fischer LP360TM connector, the first product of the plug & use Fischer Freedom series launched in 2018.
There is no key code and non-magnetic quick-release locking for easy 360 degrees mating, confirms Fischer and the connectors also have membrane-sealed contacts for easy cleaning.
Fischer has added a size 14 (seven signal and power contacts), a cabled receptacle and panel plug, a USB 2.0 adapter, LED, rugged flash drive, a size 08 (four signal & power contacts) in plastic (high-end composite based on PEEK) with cabled plug and panel receptacle, in metal with panel receptacle and panel plug.
The new USB 2.0 adapter, LED and flash drive have the Fischer LP360TM panel plug directly integrated into their housing. This can be used for integrating electronic networks where power source and communications are centralised within shared data and power buses and hubs.
The cabled receptacle in metal with seven signal and power contacts is ready-to-use and maximises the usability, operability and functionality of robotic systems or smart vests and other portable and body-worn attire, for the “connected human”.
Fischer Connectors’ R&D director, Jérôme Dabonneville said: “[Fischer Freedom’s] plug and use technology is not only an innovation enabler and accelerator in terms of connectivity and device development. It also allows what we call a ‘connectivity by design’ process. Connectivity design can (and should) take place upstream in the device design process, not downstream. With this new versatile and modular technology at hand . . . design engineers and integrators . . . can now design their devices from the outset. ”
Fischer Freedom has patent-pending technological innovations in mating, locking and materials.