The Ribbon Tube Connector easily connects and disconnects sections of a system, ensuring fast installation of multiple tube lines. This feature is especially important when replacing test equipment fixtures, installing new equipment, or repairing machines. The combination of the Pneumadyne Ribbon Tube Connector with multi-bore or multi-color ribbon tubing provides a cost effective method of routing multi-tubing and eliminates the need for spiral wrap or jacketing.
The Ribbon Tube Connector consists of two black anodized aluminum retaining bars each containing four (4) channels for the barb connectors. The plug/socket barb assemblies float and rotate within their respective retaining bars to accommodate the natural twist (lay) of single tubing. To prevent misconnection, one channel connection is off-set.
When additional lines are required, more connectors can be stacked to accommodate the additional tubing lines. Two (2) spring loaded captive screws connect the two (2) retaining bars. These screws can be hand tightened, or tightened with a flat-blade screw driver if necessary. The snap-in style spring loaded captive screw expedites assembly and disassembly.
The Ribbon Tube Connector can be panel mounted with two (2) 6-32 screws (not included) or surface mounted with the 10-32 threaded mounting screws. The mounting screws are electroless nickel plated cold rolled steel with a 10-32 female thread tapped in the head of the screw. This permits the vertical stacking of several Ribbon Tube Connectors. The screws completely recess into the socket retaining bar and allow retaining bar assemblies to fit securely together. A 10-32 nut (not supplied) holds multiple assemblies together when not used as a surface mount. The result is a convenient junction point where numerous tube lines can be connected and disconnected easily.
Retained in a recessed area near the end of the plug is a Buna N O-ring. Often a face seal requires placement and realignment after each connection and disconnection, this design keeps the O-ring in place. This high quality seal ensures a leakproof fit between the plug and the socket.