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Breakthrough technology makes connectivity EASY – easy mating, easy cleaning, easy integration – with brand-new Fischer FreedomTM Series

12th June 2018

Saint-Prex, 11 June 2018 – MedilinkWM member Fischer Connectors, the global connectivity solution provider of high-performance circular connector and cable assemblies, continues to push the boundaries of technological innovation in rugged miniaturisation, high-speed data transmission, sealing, and wearability.

Committed to making its customers’ lives easier, on 11th  June 2018 Fischer Connectors is launching a breakthrough plug & use connectivity technology with its new product line: the Fischer FreedomTM Series and its first product: the Fischer LP360TM.

The Fischer FreedomTM  Series revolutionises wearable connectivity, as it meets design engineers’ urgent needs for designing and connecting portable and body-worn applications quickly and easily, thanks to three breakthrough technology innovations:

  • Mating – no key code allows for 3600 mating “freedom”
  • Locking – ball-locking mechanism with sealing and variable pre-defined force (patent pending)
  • Materials – specially designed pins on the plug are

IP68 sealed with a membrane (patent pending)

Thanks to these innovations, the Fischer FreedomTM  Series facilitates integration, maximises usability and optimises cable management for a wide variety of applications within markets such as defence, security, medical, industrial and civil engineering – to name just a few.

“Our core mission at Fischer Connectors is to make our customers’ lives easier with a collaborative approach and tailored connectivity solutions,” says Jonathan Brossard, Fischer Connectors Group’s CEO. “The creation of the Fischer FreedomTM Series is evidence that our mission actually strengthens our customers’ abilities to design for their markets. Re-imagining connectivity like we’ve shown in the new Fischer Freedom™ Series allows those customers to turn their ambitious ideas into solutions that fit their world and help them break into new markets as well.”

Threefold usability

The new Fischer FreedomTM  Series and the Fischer LP360TM  set a new standard in usability, which is threefold.

The new product line makes end users’ lives easier by reducing cognitive, weight and reliability burdens thanks to:

  1. Easy  mating. Mating the  Fischer  LP360TM   becomes as  intuitive as  buttoning up  a  vest  –  without compromising on the high-performance reliability required in harsh environments.
  2. Easy cleaning. The new connector is fully cleanable (both plug and receptacle), and is easy to use and maintain with a faster set up and improved durability.

The Fischer FreedomTM Series also makes the life of design engineers easier, as it meets their need to easily and seamlessly integrate connectors – with or without cables – into multi-functional portable or body-worn devices.

  1. 3. Easy integratio Thanks to its compact and low-profile design, the Fischer LP360TM is easy to integrate into clothing with devices and subsystems; via the panel-mounted plug interface, cables can even be removed completely, and the connector can be directly integrated into the housing of such devices as a camera, a sensor, a light, a GPS.

Optimized cable management

The Fischer FreedomTM Series optimizes cable management with an extremely reliable connectivity ecosystem.

As the Fischer LP360TM has no key code, it offers 3600 mating “freedom”, meaning it can be plugged and routed in any direction, ensuring that the cable can always go straight to the device. No more twists and turns means shorter cables in the equipment body-worn by dismounted soldiers, healthcare professionals or patients, civil engineers, surveyors and operators, and law enforcement officers and security guards.

In certain applications, the need for cable can be eliminated completely (cf. point 3 above).

Shared data and power bus opens up new opportunities in smart clothing and IoT

The usability as well as the integrability of the Fischer FreedomTM Series connectivity solutions contribute to making wearable devices smaller, faster and smarter – and, ultimately, to making high-performance and smart clothing a reality.

The Fischer FreedomTM Series enables design engineers to build an intelligent vest which works as a hub with multiple portable and body-worn devices connected to a shared data and power bus. Clutter is reduced and usability increased, making equipment lighter and faster to set up. These benefits also open up further opportunities in the Internet of Things (IoT).

Wim Vanheertum, Director of Product Management at Fischer Connectors, explains: ”The Fischer FreedomTM Series offers a unique connectivity solution that has been thought of and designed entirely from the outset for the benefit of our customers. It fulfils in a unique way the need for usability and easy integration that our customers, the design engineers, constantly express – and also our customers’ customers: those who use the applications they have designed. Our breakthrough lightweight, compact, extremely reliable and intuitive solution is easy to integrate into applications operating in diverse and challenging environments, including portable and wearable electronic ecosystems delivering power and data with optimised cabling: the cable can always go in a straight line to the device, without any twists, turns and tangles. In certain applications, the need for cable can be eliminated completely when the plug is integrated directly into the housing of devices such as a camera, a sensor, a light, or a GPS. It offers, in that sense, the “wireless (cable-free) without the hassle of the wireless” and thus paves the way for further expansion into breakthrough connectivity solutions for the Internet of  Things  (IoT).”  Vanheertum  concludes:  “The  creation  of  a  brand-new product  line  with  breakthrough connectivity technology at its heart, as embodied by the Fischer Freedom™ Series, isn’t something that happens every day. It’s an exceptional honour for me to have managed this product development and to plan the future expansion of this new product line.”

MAIN FEATURES AND BENEFITS

The low-profile, rugged and versatile Fischer LP360TM is the first product in the Fischer FreedomTM Series:

  • Signal & power through 7 contacts, up to 24AWG compatible with up to 3x 5A power and 4x 1A signal with USB 2.0 and Ethernet data protocols

Receptacle: Panel mount with O-ring sealing, or integration as a wearable solution

Plug: Easy cabling (up to 24AWG), with or without potting – bend relief or overmolding – panel plug version for direct integration into the housing of an application

  • High-performance reliability

o  Robust stainless steel & brass design for longevity (min. 10,000 mating cycles)

o  Resistant to shock, vibration, torque and extreme temperatures

o  Tested in line with MIL and IEC standards

Easy mating

  • No key code: 360°mating freedom & optimised cable management
  • Blind-mate, non-magnetic ball locking with variable force (patent pending)
  • Emergency release unlocking – no latching

Easy cleaning

  • Membrane-sealed contacts (patent pending)
  • Surface contacts (no female cavity or protruding male contacts)
  • IP68 sealed to -20m/24h

Easy integration

  • Low profile, right-angled plug
  • (Receptacle) Wearable integration OR panel mounted
  • (Plug) Easy cable assembly OR direct integration into the device’s housing

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