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New modular connectors cut assembly and maintenance costs

The new CombiTac direqt family of modular connectors from Stäubli are designed to cut assembly and maintenance costs to the minimum. They feature a Click-and-Connect system that enables all parts to be assembled quickly without the use of any special tools.

The light, modern design incorporates the highest level of safety features and the new connectors can be fully customised to meet customer requirements. Carriers and frames are coded, eliminating any possibility of assembly error or incorrect polarity mating between male and female connectors.

All configurations, whether for panel mount or housing applications, ensure a constant and reliable connection for signals, power and pneumatic coupling for up to 10,000 mating cycles, during which time the quality of the contacts remains at the highest possible level, providing constant low contact resistance and stable performance even in the presence of shock and vibration.

Medium and high current contacts up to 350A are available, offering IP2X protection on both the male and female side, along with leakage-free pneumatic couplings (15 bar).

The long-established CombiTac family of connectors has been renamed CombiTac uniq, and continues to meet the highest possible application demands, being rated at up to 100 000 mating cycles.

CombiTac direqt and CombiTac uniq connectors can be supplied ready-assembled, including cable assembly if required. They can be quickly and easily configured online using the intuitive and award-winning CombiTac configurator.

Both CombiTac lines are suitable for a wide range of applications in general industry, automation, automotive manufacturing and testing, medical and healthcare, rail, transport and logistics.  

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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