Rail-industry connectors now carry full SNCF qualification
ITT’s VEAM VBN series of rail-industry connectors, which are available for despatch within 48 hours from international assembling distributor PEI-Genesis, have recently been awarded full NF F 61-030 qualification by the French mass-transit authority, SNCF.
The qualification process involved vigorous testing over a prolonged period to verify the mechanical and electrical intermateability between the VEAM VBN connectors and other approved products.
ITT’s success in achieving NF F 61-030 qualification means that the VBN multi-pin circular connectors can now be used by subcontractors on any train operated by SNCF.
The component parts of the VBN series connectors are manufactured at ITT’s Lainate facility in Italy, which has recently received IRIS (International Railway Industry Standard) certification for the design and production of electrical and fibre-optic circular connectors.
Designed specifically for the hostile environment of railway and transportation applications, the VBN connectors feature plated aluminium alloy shells with a positive-lock/quick-disconnect reverse bayonet coupling mechanism for fast, reliable mating and unmating.
High shock and vibration resistance is achieved without the need for lock wires, and the connectors are resistant to fuel oils, solvents and elevated temperatures.
Utilising clip-in crimp contacts and flame-retardant thermoplastic inserts with retaining rings, the VBN series connectors are supplied by PEI-Genesis as loose parts to allow users to configure the polarisation to suit the requirements of their particular application. Inserts can even be changed at a later date if additional capacity is required as the system expands.
The VBN connectors are available in a variety of styles and shell sizes, and there are no minimum order quantities.