NMW 2002: Lumberg launches Fixcon connector standard

Chicago, Ill. - Lumberg (Midlothian, Va.) introduced March 18 its new Fixcon industrial connector standard for sensors and actuators at National Manufacturing Week. Jointly developed by Lumberg Automation Components GmbH & Co. KG and Escha in Germany, Fixcon features a quick plug-and-lock mechanism that increased connection speed.

By Control Engineering Staff March 21, 2002

Chicago, Ill. – Lumberg (Midlothian, Va.) introduced March 18 its new Fixcon industrial connector standard for sensors and actuators at National Manufacturing Week. Jointly developed by Lumberg Automation Components GmbH & Co. KG and Escha in Germany, Fixcon features a quick plug-and-lock mechanism that increased connection speed.

Based largely on the existing M12 industry standard, Fixcon’s design eliminates the need for tightening down a threaded locknut. Instead, these connectors are equipped with a locking sleeve that is simply pushed downward in a linear direction to establish a secure, reliable connection. In addition to speed, Fixcon’s new design allows large concentrations of I/O points, with little space for ‘threading,’ to be connected easily and efficiently. Tedious torque specifications are eliminated completely, which further enhances Fixcon’s attractiveness.

Fixcon’s products will initially encompass passive and active distribution blocks in 4-, 6-, and 8-port configurations, as well as 3-, 4-, and 5-pole male and female molded connectors in straight and right angle versions, with and without LEDs. An adapter and splitter will round out the initial product line, making it possible to interface Fixcon products with previously installed M12 sensors, actuators and distribution boxes, giving users maximum flexibility. Subsequent product additions will feature a line of receptacles, field installable connectors, as well as shielded and inverted keyway connectors, allowing for a high degree of application specific customization.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor
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