Mencom announces Railway & Mass Transit interconnection solutions

  • May 13, 2019
  • Mencom Corporation
Mencom announces Railway & Mass Transit interconnection solutions
Mencom announces Railway & Mass Transit interconnection solutions

May 13, 2019 -  Mencom offers a range of  interconnection solutions for the railway and mass transit industry. They are shock, vibration and corrosion resistant and also fully compliant with all relevant railway standards as well as fire and smoke requirements. The railway connectors are used for data transmission along tracks, passenger rolling stock equipment including brakes and controls, signaling systems, and power transmission on trains and track systems.

Mencom M12 circular connectors are designed to be durable, and sealed. This pre-assembled solution is suitable to withstand a variety of severe environmental, industrial and chemical conditions. In addition, Mencom M12 circular connectors areconfigurable while featuring an IP67 rating and optional shielding. The keyway codings are available in A-coding & B-coding (Actuator-sensor plug, DeviceNet, IO link and Profibus) and D-coding (Industrial Ethernet, Ethernet/ IP for Railway Applications). Custom solutions are also available to meet the unique specifications of the railway. Mencom M12 connectors are UL listed. 

For the electrical railway applications which demand higher voltage and amperage ratings, Mencom offers the rectangular multipole connector solutions. They are comprised of two parts; Inserts and Enclosures. Inserts for multipole rectangular connectors are made of self-extinguishing thermoplastic resin UL 94 V-0, normally used for applications in a maximum ambiance temperature of 125 °C. The end user can choose a  range of inserts based on the requirements of the railway applications such as the rated voltage (from 50V to 5000V), the rated current (from 5A to 200A max), the number of poles, and the different load combinations required (power and signal poles within the same insert). The inserts are approved in accordance with the approval marks including UL, CSA, CQC, GL, and EAC.

Various enclosure versions are offered with different combinations of body and coating materials to protect connections in harsh environments. The enclosure series is available for the normal environment, high-temperature environment, aggressive environment, and environments that require electromagnetic compatibility. In order for the coupling stability and enhanced protection against accidental opening, the enclosures are equipped with single or double closing devices featuring levers, springs, or pegs. Sealing is assured by special gaskets that protect the contact groups inside the enclosures against dust and aggressive agents under impacts and strong mechanical stresses. In general, the coupled enclosures guarantee IP44, IP65, IP66, IP67. However, IP68 or IP69 (IEC/EN 60529) are achievable with IP68 or E-Xtreme enclosure series. 

EN50155 Railway Networking EN 50155 is an international standard for electronic equipment used in any railway application. This standard covers aspects of this electronic equipment including temperature ranges, humidity, shock resistance, vibration resistance, power supply, electromagnetic interference/susceptibility, power surge, electrostatic discharge (ESD) and transient factors. 

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