Disposable connector assemblies are cheaper to replace than sterilise
28 July 2010
Now available from Quadrant are two ranges of circular connector cable assemblies that are designed specifically for medical instruments and are so inexpensive that is more cost-effective to discard them than sterilise with comparatively expensive autoclaving processes.
Manufactured by ODU, the connector specialist from Mühldorf, Germany, the MEDI-SNAP and MINI-MED are both snap-off, blind-mate circular connectors that are free of DEHP and 0.9% NaCl resistant. These connectors have a snap-on mating mechanism that is designed with a low retention force so that it can be disconnected easily in emergency.
The MEDI-SNAP is 16mm in diameter with 2 to 14 contacts and is supplied in cable lengths from 0.25 to 2 metres while the smaller MINI-MED is designed for operation in very small spaces having a diameter of only 11mm, has 2 to 6 contacts and is supplied in the cable lengths from 0.5 to 5 metres.
Both connectors are protected to IP68 when connected blind-mate, are available in plug, receptacle and in-line receptacle in black, grey and white, are assembled with PVC or highly flexible silicone cable and can be sterilized by wiping with disinfectant when required for repeated use.
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