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Expanded magnetic connector lineup

22 November 2023 Interconnection

Mill-Max has expanded its Maxnetic lineup, a range of connectors with magnetic pickups. These connectors provide designers with flexibility in choosing the right magnetic connector combination for their interconnect needs.

Magnetic connectors are ideal for applications requiring connections to be made quickly and easily, such as charging systems for communications equipment; cables, devices, and wearables used in the medical industry; safety and robotic equipment found in industrial environments, and any setting where repeated mating and unmating of cables and devices must be done effortlessly.

These types of connectors have the added ability to break away for emergency release without damage to the components or the equipment to which they connect. Magnetic connectors feature self-alignment, self-location, and zero force mating. They incorporate spring-loaded and mating target pins, which establish the electrical connection as the magnetic force pulls and holds the connectors together; no aligning or plugging is required to mate the connectors, and one needs no hardware to keep them mated.

Mill-Max has expanded its Maxnetic lineup to offer more options for connections and terminations, including board-to-board, cable-to-board, and cable-to-cable choices. There are four new spring-loaded and three new target connectors; any of the spring-loaded can mate with any of the target connectors to create the interconnect framework required. As with most magnetic connectors, there is a male half and a female, or shrouded, half.

All components of the spring-loaded and target connectors are gold plated and the solder cups can accept up to 16 AWG wire. Using strong, long-lasting neodymium magnets on both connectors provides 636 g of average separation force, and enables the connectors to be pulled into alignment and connect with each other at up to 12,7 mm apart.


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