Rugged Plug&Play connectors for mobile machines

Rugged Plug&Play connectors for mobile machines

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By Nick Flaherty

Binder in Germany has launched a portfolio of robust, ready-to-connect and, as required, pre-assembled connectors for agricultural and construction equipment.

Mobile machinery in agriculture and construction provides key challenges for automation specialists. With their increasing degree of automation, the machinery is becoming an increasingly important field of application for advanced sensors and actuators. In addition to inclination, position, or level detection, typical applications include actuators or valve controls.

Displays, lighting, operating devices, and diagnostics modules also have to be connected within the mobile machines. From tractors and their attachments to combine harvesters and crop choppers to excavators, cranes, or dump trucks, the safe and fast connection of all these automation components is becoming immensely important.

Connector types such as the Deutsch DT, and the Superseal and CPC series from AMP have become established in such applications. The ISO 11783 ISOBUS standard for agricultural technology, also defines certain interfaces for integrating advanced sensor/actuator technology.

In order to ease this task for system integrators, binder offers both Deutsch-DT, and AMP Superseal and CPC connectors as part of its Plug&Play portfolio alongside to its own series. This provides the user with the ability to combine a wide variety of connector types as needed. For use in agricultural and construction machinery, the products meet IP67 protection degree requirements when mated. They are equipped with a process-safe cable overmold to relieve the wires from tension forces and the cables are also suitable for power track chains on moving assemblies.

Connectors pre-assembled with cables are also available if required and as splitter cables are often in demand in addition to simple patch cables, the range also includes cable switches with a wide variety of wiring options.

This allows connector systems of different designs to be combined flexibly for customized connectivity for mobile machines. On the user side, these reduce the cabling effort and ensure tamper-proof designs.

The binder Plug&Play portfolio offers the possibility to realize overmolded Y distributions with ratios of 1:2, 1:4, 1:6 and 2:6. Users are free to choose the connector types. The variability of connection provides them with a wide range of options. The maximum possible pin counts vary, depending on the distribution ratio, between 8 and 18. Cable diameters range from 3.5 mm to 10 mm, and the largest possible wire gauge is either 0.5 mm² (1:2) or 1 mm².


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