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Secure connections for life-sustaining and emergency applications

14 April 2009

ACAL Technology is now supplying the Amphenol Alden range of medical connectors featuring the novel Pulse-Lok mechanism which guarantees fast and secure connection in life-sustaining and emergency applications. Designed specifically for the medical sector, Amphenol Alden connectors can be used in disposable or re-usable applications ranging from hand-held, first-responder emergency and field devices to operating room (OR) equipment.

The Pulse-Lok auto-latch mating mechanism provides fast and extremely reliable connection with audible, visible, and tactile feedback to confirm that the connector pairs are fully engaged. Compared to lever-style latching mechanisms, Pulse-Lok’s rotary cam requires a low mating force and rotates automatically into the locked position. Disconnection is also fast, with a quarter turn allowing the connector to self-eject.

Available with up to 27, 52, or 78 contacts, the disposable connectors can be configured with usage limiters as well as proprietary keying options to protect single-use connectors from being copied or mated with the wrong connector. A choice of PCB, solder cup, solder pot, and flex circuit terminations are offered to minimise assembly costs. The reusable connectors feature an over-moulded cable assembly and are rated for 5,000 mating cycles, with standard contacts, for long-term survival in the demanding OR environment.

All Amphenol Alden medical connectors have a chemical-resistant plastic housing which is available in 14 standard colour combinations for easy identification. They are water-proof to IP-67 and withstand steam, EtO and gamma sterilisation. The connectors can be customised for specific applications with moulded housings, cable yokes, strain reliefs, and embedded cable intelligence.

Working in partnership with Amphenol’s Medical Solutions Team, ACAL Technology’s local design specialists provide the expertise to simplify the selection and integration of standard and custom connectors in medical applications. The Design and Manufacturing Services Centre at Wokingham, UK, provides extensive design-in resources for customers, including a full range of in-house design and assembly facilities for end-to-end product development and systems integration.

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