New ultra-sterile Fischer Stainless Steel connectors can be relied on in hospitals and labs
St-Prex, Switzerland, 25 June 2015 – Fischer Connectors, a worldwide leader in push-pull circular connectors and cable assembly solutions, has announced the launch of its new Stainless Steel range of circular connectors, part of the highly configurable Fischer Core Series.
The new connectors are made of premium-grade stainless steel – the best on the market. They offer outstanding chemical, temperature and radiation resistance. They have been specially designed for areas where long-term, reliable solutions in extreme environments are required – such as nuclear and energy, medical, and food processing applications. They are not only safe, but also easy to clean, completely sterilizable and highly versatile.
The materials used in the Fischer Core Series Stainless Steel connectors are 316L stainless steel, polyether ether ketone (PEEK), and ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM). These offer the best radiation and corrosion resistance, while ensuring consistently high performance even in high temperatures. The connectors enable microbiological sterilization (autoclave, ethylene oxide (EtO), gamma radiation, Steris® or Sterrad®, Cidex).
In some fields of medicine, sterilization needs to be combined with radioactive decontamination. Nuclear medicine uses radioactive isotopes for curative applications or imagery applications, like PET scanner imagery and scintigraphy imagery. Premium components therefore need to be designed to guarantee optimal radioprotection. Fischers’ Stainless Steel connectors are compatible with decontamination fluids (decon 90 and RBS 25). Combining sterilization and decontamination makes the connectors re-usable, lowering the total cost of ownership.
“In a medical environment cleanliness is essential, and reliable, fully sterilizable connections are vital to ensuring human protection. This new Stainless Steel range has been developed with these challenges in mind. The connectors are available in many different combinations and are highly configurable to meet our clients’ unique requirements. There are probably 2 million possibilities! Our experienced design teams can build the right product just for you”, says Jacques Miéville, Product Manager at Fischer Connectors.
Clients can choose the size, body style, plugs and contact block (PCB, solder or crimp contacts, 2-15 pins). There are both sealed or unsealed options available, including IP68, and 360° EMC shielding can be added. The connectors can be handled easily with gloves, allowing simple movements for mating, unmating and fully controlling the operations, thanks to the patented industry standard push-pull locking system.
Fischer Connectors complies with the relevant international norms to ensure quality, safety and environmental friendliness of its connectors, processes and systems (including ISO 9001, ISO 134 85, ISO 14001, ROHS and REACH).
For more information, please visit http://www.fischerconnectors.com/global/en/products/fischer-stainless-steel