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Dr. J 27,180 3,635 January 26, 2017 at 12:32 PM Get Newark Coupons
I'm not an electrical engineer (chemical) but am putting together a piece of portable equipment for work. This equipment will be stored in a Pelican case and have internal receptacles to which a cable will be connectable, which then connects to a piece of equipment.

ONE end of the cable has an Amphenol PT06A - 10 - 6S (SR) (e.g. this is the "plug") which connects to a standard device.

The OTHER end is what will connect to the device inside the Pelican case.

So, I thought - hey let's use the same connector on both ends of the cable, makes it easier to setup, right? Well, for that I'd need the plug AND the mating receptacle. The plug isn't bad (like $30/ea [digikey.com]) but the receptacle is like $220/ea [newark.com]! laugh out loud I need about a dozen of them, and for something that frankly isn't going into battle, $4000 in connectors is overkill.

So I am looking for an option that is robust but not designed for a nuclear blast. The signal requires 6 pins, conductor is probably 18 ga. This is signal wire that may occasionally carry 24VDC but very low current.

Ideas?

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I thought you could get a male / female Amph cable, cut it in half and be good to go.
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I thought you could get a male / female Amph cable, cut it in half and be good to go.

I need to mount the female part (HAR HAR HAR I MADE A FUNNY)

Seriously, the receptacle needs to be able to be mounted to a plate.
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I'm not an electrical engineer (chemical) but am putting together a piece of portable equipment for work. This equipment will be stored in a Pelican case and have internal receptacles to which a cable will be connectable, which then connects to a piece of equipment.

ONE end of the cable has an Amphenol PT06A - 10 - 6S (SR) (e.g. this is the "plug") which connects to a standard device.

The OTHER end is what will connect to the device inside the Pelican case.

So, I thought - hey let's use the same connector on both ends of the cable, makes it easier to setup, right? Well, for that I'd need the plug AND the mating receptacle. The plug isn't bad (like $30/ea [digikey.com]) but the receptacle is like $220/ea [newark.com]! laugh out loud I need about a dozen of them, and for something that frankly isn't going into battle, $4000 in connectors is overkill.

So I am looking for an option that is robust but not designed for a nuclear blast. The signal requires 6 pins, conductor is probably 18 ga. This is signal wire that may occasionally carry 24VDC but very low current.

Ideas?
seems like something like this would work:
http://www.digikey.com/product-de...-ND/341042

$14
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http://www.digikey.com/products/en/connectors-interconnects/circular-connectors/436?k=&pkeyword=&s=43750&s=26410&s=43727&FV=fffc0499%2Cfffc04b1%2Cfffc0153%2Cfffc0369%2Cfffc03bc%2Cfffc03c5%2C1140206%2C114020e%2C1600007%2Cffe001b4&mnonly=0&newproducts=0&ColumnSort=1000011&page=1&stock=1&quantity=0&ptm=0&fid=0&pageSize=25
there may be other design considerations you aren't aware of. Seems like something that would be worth running by an EE once you've got your plans finalized but before you commit to actually building/using/installing.
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I need to mount the female part (HAR HAR HAR I MADE A FUNNY)

Seriously, the receptacle needs to be able to be mounted to a plate.
Ha!!!


I thought you'd Dremel out a hole in the side of the case for the connector, then you are still plug and play without opening the case.
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Well the connector you chose is a mil spec connector

but looks like maybe glenair?

http://cdn.glenair.com/hermetic_c..._guide.pdf
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pretty sure the $14 one I linked above is compatible with the part DR J picked. The $220 one is aerospace rated I think.
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pretty sure the $14 one I linked above is compatible with the part DR J picked. The $220 one is aerospace rated I think.
I wonder how much the NUKE -Spec one would go for laugh out loud
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