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picoMAX® – the Pluggable Connection System

picoMAX® is the compact pluggable connection system with a highly innovative design. It makes dual use of the contact force from a single Cr-Ni stainless steel spring to clamp the conductor and connect the header pin. This makes picoMAX® even more compact than other pluggable connection systems and sets new standards for wire-to-board, board-to-wire, wire-to-wire and panel feedthrough connections.


The Benefits for You:

  • Compact design: Reduces space by up to 30 %
  • Radically simplified contact system
  • The special design, innovative spring pressure connection technology and new insulation material guarantee absolute contact reliability – even at higher surrounding air temperatures
  • Exceptionally high vibration resistance of up to 20g for wire-to-board connections, thanks to integrated locking latches and a female connector that’s almost fully enshrouded in the male header.
  • Efficient testing via test slot parallel to connector entry

Product Overview

Benefits of the picoMAX® Family

The picoMAX® Pluggable Connection System explained in the video, for example:

  • Integrated locking latch
  • Dual use of a single Cr-Ni stainless steel spring
  • Gripping plate with release slider

Product features at a glance

1

Gripping plate with release slider

Gripping plate with release slider

For fast and tool-free disconnection

2

Integrated locking latch

Integrated locking latch

Locking latch on the male header
Locking latch on female connector

3

Extremely short contact bridge

Extremely short contact bridge

Separation of the termination unit from the header pin
Very short current path minimizes contact resistance

4

Straight and angled solder pins

Straight and angled solder pins

Tin-plated electrolytic copper
For wave and THR soldering

5

Integrated push-button

Integrated push-button

To easily connect and disconnect all conductor types.

6

Dual use of a single Cr-Ni stainless steel spring

Dual use of a single Cr-Ni stainless steel spring

Clamping the conductor and connecting the header pin

7

Innovative insulation material made of glass-fiber-reinforced PPA

Innovative insulation material made of glass-fiber-reinforced PPA

Durability, high strength
High-temperature resistance
High contact reliability

Products from the picoMAX® Family

Your Signals, Perfectly Plugged

picoMAX® 3.5: Pluggable PCB connector with 3.5 mm (1.377 inch) pin spacing for conductor cross-sections up to 1.5 mm2 (14 AWG) and rated currents up to 10 A

Advantages:

  • Universal connection for all conductor types
  • Push-in CAGE CLAMP® termination of both solid conductors and fine-stranded conductors with ferrules
  • Wiring possible while the female connector is mated or unmated
  • Integrated locking latches prevent accidental disconnection
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Optimal Power Supply

picoMAX® 5.0 and 7.5: Pluggable PCB connectors with 5.0 and 7.5 mm (0.197 and 2.953 inch) pin spacing for conductor cross-sections up to 2.5 mm2 (12 AWG) and rated currents up to 16 A

Advantages:

  • Universal connection for all conductor types
  • Push-in CAGE CLAMP® termination of both solid conductors and fine-stranded conductors with ferrules
  • Wiring possible while the female connector is mated or unmated
  • Test port parallel to conductor entry – touch contact
  • Integrated locking latches prevent accidental disconnection

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The Easiest Way to Make PCBs Pluggable

picoMAX® eCOM is the even more economical and compact version without the pin housing for pluggable PCB applications. With 3.5, 5.0 and 7.5 mm (0.138, 0.197 and 0.295 inch) pin spacing, this system of pluggable female connectors for direct PCB soldering is ready for your low-cost applications.

Advantages:

  • Universal connection for all conductor types
  • Push-in CAGE CLAMP® termination of both solid conductors and fine-stranded conductors with ferrules
  • Available as straight and angled PCB terminal blocks
  • Available for conductors ranging from 0.2 to 1.5 mm2 (24–14 AWG – 3.5 variant) as well as 0.2 to 2.5 mm2 (24–12 AWG – 5.0, 7.5 variants)
  • Preloaded solder pins allow direct soldering of the complete connector
  • Can be removed from the circuit board during maintenance like a pluggable connector
  • Connectors of different lengths can be assembled side by side without pole loss, maximizing space savings on the PCB
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