The Easy Locking Connector from binder has proven itself as a reliable and robust interface in medical technology. The renowned trade journal from the USA, Medical Design Briefs, has honoured the connector with the POY Award for ist particularly high safety and biocompatibility.
Error prevention in medical technology: contact reliability and signal integrity are crucial
In the development of medical devices, the criteria of reliable function, safe operation, compatibility and patient protection play a central role. Faulty technology, unstable parameters as well as operating errors by medical staff or patients can have devastating consequences. Connectors must therefore meet the highest requirements for contact security and signal integrity, robustness of the connection as well as simple and intuitive operability. In addition, they must be biocompatible and have an appropriate degree of protection for medical devices, including protection against contact and resistance to cleaning agents or disinfectants.
ELC meets requirements for medical technology use
The suitability of binder’s 570 Series Easy Locking Connector (ELC) has been extensively tested and proven in clinical and home care applications. The cable connector with snap-in locking is considered to be particularly durable and safe to use, as it allows over 5,000 mating cycles and has an asymmetrical hexagonal contour in the mating area that prevents mismating by staff or patients. Once the connection is made, it locks automatically with a latching hook that provides immediate audible feedback to the operator. The two-piece design of the ELC is easy to put together but can only be separated again with special tools, which further increases ist safety.
The Easy Locking Connector is IP54-certified and thus optimally protected against the ingress of water and other liquids. Even when disconnected, the flange socket offers reliable protection against splashing water and liquids as well as unintentional electrical contact. Easy cleaning and resistance to disinfectants make the connector an excellent choice in hygienically sensitive environments.
The biocompatibility of the 570 series has been tested according to DIN EN ISO 10993-5 and meets the necessary requirements. Furthermore, with the exception of the contact body, the connectors are DEHP-free, which improves their skin compatibility and facilitates their use in medical applications.
Engineers highlighted for major new product
Medical Design Briefs magazine, published by SAE Media Group in New York and reaching over 40,000 subscribers and 100,000 OEM engineers and managers, asked readers to vote for the most important new product of the past year. The Easy Locking Connector from binder won the 2022 Medical Design Briefs’ Readers’ Choice Products of the Year (POY) Award in the poll, making it one of two winners.
binder, the specialist for circular connectors, has once again received an award for its outstanding product development. The company’s ELC connector received the POY award for its excellent properties in the field of medical technology. Markus Binder, the managing partner, emphasises the importance of customised solutions and smart innovations for the future of the company, which is characterised by its international orientation and its consistent focus on innovation.