Rugged Interconnects for Harsh Environments eBook

RADIATION RESISTANCE High radiation resistance is required for tasks in nuclear or contaminated environments such as handling heavy radioactive loads, performing inspections, and repairing equipment. These tasks are sometimes performed remotely with robots due to inaccessibility or the danger of radiation exposure. Radiation-resistant connectors and cables are also required when healthcare professionals sterilize medical devices and equipment using gamma irradiation (typically Cobalt 60).

such as plastics, that require low-temperature sterilization. Some single or two-piece shell disposable connectors with housing in ABS plastic withstand sterilization with both gamma irradiation per ISO 11137-2 (up to 60 kGy for Fischer Core Series Disposable) and EtO per ISO 11135. Suppliers of high-performance, radiation-resistant connectivity solutions are regularly audited by their customers to ensure that they are compliant with main nuclear safety standards such as KTA 1401 from the Nuclear Safety Standards Commission (Kerntechnischer Ausschuss, KTA) and IAEA 50-C-Q from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

In hospital settings, there has been an increase in medical devices and instruments made of materials,

Fischer Core Series Stainless Steel connectors are made of 316L stainless steel, polyether ether ketone (PEEK), and ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), offering high radiation and corrosion resistance while ensuring high performance even in high temperatures. They also allow microbiological sterilization and radioactive decontamination.


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