Molex has introduced the Brad M12 Power F-Coded cordsets and receptacles, featuring a current carrying capacity of up to 16.0A per pin with a blind-mate key design. While the products were developed to meet the growing power requirements of motors, solenoid-operated valves, actuation equipment and 24V DC auxiliary power systems in automation control systems, they are also well suited for LED lighting and commercial vehicle applications.
“The new Brad M12 Power interconnect system offers key advantages over existing connector interfaces that are larger and more expensive, such as M23 and MIL-C-5015 devices,” said Randy Brant, product manager, Molex. “Also, the connector’s F-Coding mating interface is expected to be adopted by the IEC Standard 61076-2-111 and has been submitted for ANSI/EIA acceptance, which will allow for an open industry connector standard. This will increase adoption among a wide array of platforms and manufacturers.”
The F-Coding mating interface prevents accidental usage with other M12 connectors being used for input, output, signal or industrial network connections. Also, the blind-mate key design significantly reduces the chance of mis-mating, especially in restricted access locations where visibility is limited. To eliminate the chance of electrical shock, connector pins are recessed in a contact carrier. An enhanced receptacle design more efficiently dissipates heat generated by the higher current-carrying capability while maintaining its compact size.
The four-pin, M12 connectors accommodate wire sizes up to 14 AWG/2.5mm2 and are rated for 300V AC/DC operation with a dielectric withstanding voltage of 1,600V. Operating temperature range for the connectors is -20 to +90ºC and an IP67 seal interface makes them ideal for use in harsh and wet industrial environments. The connectors are dust proof and can be temporarily submerged in up to 1m (3′ 3.37″) of water.
In addition to panel mount male / female receptacle cordsets, the F-Coded series includes single-ended and double-ended cordsets, with straight or 90° male or female connectors.