Electronica: ITT connector cuts weight for mass-transit

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ITT has developed a smaller lighter replacement for metal connectors inside train cabins and carriages.

“It is up to 80% lighter and 30% smaller than comparable traditional metal interconnects,” claimed the firm.

Called VPRC, the connector is IRIS compliant and can be sealed to IP67 or unsealed depending on application. “An innovative grommet dispenses with the need for filler plugs to meet sealing requirements. A further benefit is its flexible cable support which also acts as a panel fixing device,” said ITT.

Smoke and fire ratings are Railway Standards NFF 16-101 and NFF 16-102.

Inside are 3, 6 or 12 of the firm’s existing Trident contacts. “Polarisation can be set during connector assembly and a snap-in mechanism provides audible confirmation of correct mating for ease of use in restricted spaces,” it said. 

Potential application include air conditioning controls, doors, fire control systems, LCDs, signalling, wipers, shutters and seats.

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