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Bulgin – an Elektron Technology connectivity brand – has unveiled the latest addition to its rugged Buccaneer® range of connectors, giving engineers and product design professionals even greater flexibility in systems design. The all new Buccaneer 6000 Series of waterproof power, signal and data connectors features a unique and easy to use, patent pending push/­pull coupling system, that connects up to 10 times faster than a traditional screw thread mechanism. This latest addition to the popular Buccaneer range is designed to withstand the harshest environments and meets IP66, IP68 and IP69K standards.

Here’s a startling fact – one harmful microbe is capable of multiplying into more than four million within only eight hours. Just as unsettling are the eye-catching media headlines, such as the infamous test conducted by consumer group ‘Which?’ which found that one of the computer keyboards in its London office harboured five times more germs than a toilet seat.

Dave Ferry, Design Engineer with Bulgin, discusses the issues faced by engineers when designing and manufacturing equipment suitable for use in hazardous areas.

Customised indicator components from Elektron Technology are playing a key role in exterminating dangerous pests – telling users of PestWest’s electronic fly killers when their UV lights have lost their fatal attraction.

Stuart Hutchings, marketing manager with Elektron Technology’s Arcolectric brand, outlines why design engineers using electronic switches and accessories should ask for customised component parts.