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Reliable electric connectors for remote handling applications

21 November 2008

Stäubli has introduced a new electrical connector specifically configured for handling by remote control manipulators. The RVX 25 electrical connector is available with a range of modular PEEK thermoplastic inserts with the capability to handle up to 20 contacts and a maximum capacity of 600 volts and 30 amps; the connector can accommodate both circuits for primary current as well as instrumentation and thermocouple applications.

The casing is manufactured from AISI 316L stainless steel and provides an ingress protection rating of up to IP 67. Further features include a guiding system, robust locking pin mechanism, visual positioning with the aid of a rear sight and a safety release mechanism all developed from Stäubli’s experience in robot and manipulator handling to ensure a positive connection. Where any chance of cross connections needs to be avoided, a system of mechanical coding is available, offering 126 possible combinations directly configurable by the user.

Typical applications are in the nuclear decommissioning sector for circuits in hot cells, process areas and decommissioning projects where remote and reliable connection of electrical circuits are necessary.

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