Hicon XLR panel socket receives new locking system
Sommer Cable reports it has ‘optimised’ the spring construction of its new Hicon panel-mount sockets to make 50,000 mating cycles or more become reality.
The previous guide and spring design has reportedly been completely re-engineered to achieve more mating cycles and a greater mating reliability. According to the manufacturer, the hardened steel spring has a special shape with no hard edge, but with high reset forces to make plugging and unplugging with plug-compatible XLR systems easier and to instantly unlock connectors of all manufacturers at the touch of a button.
The new locking device was tested on special automatons by Sommer-Tecgnik and was reportedly able to withstand more than 75,000 mating cycles. The manufacturer claims that this had ‘no noteworthy impact on contact resistance, insertion loss and reflux damping or on the contact coating’.
The Hicon panel-mount connectors are available in silver (with nickel-plated contacts) and black (also with hard gold-plated contacts) in 3- and 5-pole versions.