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Multi-Contact: System Solutions for the Rail Industry

The Swiss connector specialist will present connection solutions at the leading transport engineering trade fair

(PresseBox) (Allschwil, ) At InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin, Multi-Contact (MC) will be presenting a selection of connectors and tailored connection solutions, including systems that have been specially designed for the rail industry, such as the Modular Power Connector (MPC). Thanks to its simultaneously compact and modular design, the MPC series is ideal for a variety of rail applications, for example connections for intercar couplings, external connections for a range of subsystems (components, devices), and connections for electrical traction motors. The connector with nominal values of maximum 3600 V and up to 700 A is available with the highest level IP69 protection and also with shielding. The MPC meets the requirements of fire safety standard EN 45545-2.

The CT-HE connector is an adaptable, versatile superstar from the CombiTac family. With power contacts and optional signal contacts, it is suitable for battery modules in slide-in systems with over 100,000 mating cycles, as well as for use in battery monitoring systems. Another area of application is connection solutions for drive motors, where compact power modules can be installed in a variety of housing types.

The CombiTac system allows for modules with signal, data bus, fiber optic, coaxial, and power contacts up to 300 A or 5 kV, as well as thermo-elements and compressed-air couplings, to be combined within a compact system. This versatility makes CombiTac the optimal system for testing applications, for example for on-board- and passenger-information systems. The new 10-Gbit CombiTac module for Ethernet communication complies with the requirements of CAT6A and the EN 45545-1 rail standard. As with all MC connectors, CombiTac is available pre-assembled or as fully tested modules from a single source.
MC fork plugs and flat contacts for high-current and busbar applications are yet another highlight. In collaboration with a manufacturer of traction converters, MC created an elegant solution for printed circuit board units. The fork plug was designed based on customer requirements, is lightweight, saves space in inverters, and can be used in temperatures ranging from –55°C to +125°C. Assemblies equipped with fork plugs can be changed quickly and reliably, without any special tools. The contacts are vibration-resistant and meet the strict requirements of the rail industry.

Reliable grounding systems such as the EGH electric grounding hinge, the world’s first switchgear cabinet hinge with a built-in ground connection, or customer-specific grounding solutions for rail vehicles are extremely important for rail technology.

All of the connection solutions being presented are based on MC’s proven MULTILAM technology. They offer low contact resistance with minimal power loss and low heat generation, as well as lasting vibration resistance, and all of this after hundreds of thousands of mating cycles.

Multi-Contact is a leading international manufacturer of electrical contacts and connector systems. The company was founded in Switzerland in 1962. Multi-Contact has been part of the Stäubli Group since 2002. Stäubli offers innovative mechatronic solutions in four segments: electrical connectors, fluid and gas connectors, robotics, and textile machinery. With a global workforce of over 4500 employees, the Group has a presence spanning 25 countries, and a network of agents in over 50 countries.

Multi-Contact at InnoTrans: Hall 12, Stand 208 and Hall 10.2, Stand 201. Michel Schmitt, Multi-Contact Business Development Manager and rail technology specialist, and his team are looking forward to presenting the latest products and holding interesting discussions in Berlin.

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