Amphenol Launch New Mil-Spec Connector for Harsh Environments

21 09 2011

Amphenol Industrial, the global leader in interconnect systems and industrial connectors has launched a new high speed connector for use in harsh environments.

The new Amphenol Max-M12 connection system is ideal for construction machinery and equipment, forestry equipment, navigation, GPS and telematics, mining machinery and equipment, agricultural machinery and equipment and harsh environment sensors, controllers, actuators and switches.

The product is designed to withstand high vibration, high temperature and extremely rugged environments and the Max-M12 meets both IEC 61076-2-101 and SAE J 2839 standards.  Other recent Amphenol releases have included the Amphe-PPC Connector, the Amphe-BTS Power Connector and the HD-BNC series solution.

The new system is housed in an HDM 12 EX impact resistant metal shell and available as a 90 degree right angle connector or in a straight version. Both are available in 4- and 5-pin configurations with B, D and P polarity codes in line with IEC 61076-2-101 specifications and come as stand-alone connectors or cable assemblies with the option to over-mold the cable assembly.

Amphenol also produce connectors and additional electronic equipment for a variety of other sectors and applications. For details of all the products available from Amphenol and other leading suppliers, visit

The new Amphenol Max-M12 connector can be terminated into 0.8 mm2 (18 AWG) or 0.5 mm2 (20 AWG) wires as defined by SAE J1128 and 0.75 mm2 or 0.50 mm2 conductors as defined by ISO 6722. 

The new connection system can withstand temperatures ranging from -40 degrees C up to 125 degrees C, while maintaining a current rating of 4 A at 250 V (4-pin) and 60 V (5-pin).  The IP67 and IP69K compliant Max-M12 is dust and waterproof and resistant to high pressure and high temperature wash downs.

The dielectric withstanding of the Max-M12 is 1,000 V.  The connection is rated for impulse voltage of 1,500 V.  The connector’s electrical insulation provides a resistance of over 20 megaohms, while providing a high temperature life of 1,000 hours at 125 degrees C.




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