High current connectors for harsh outdoor environments launched

28th June 2018
Alex Lynn

It has been announced that TE Connectivity (TE) has extended its range of Heavy Duty Connectors (HDC) by introducing a series of high current solutions for harsh outdoor environments, suited for applications in new energy, rail as well as power generation and distribution.

At the core of the solution is TE's new series of RoHS-compliant High Current Module (HCM) inserts. Available in 250A or 350A versions (with a maximum current of up to 250/350A), and a choice of one to four contact positions, the HDCs offer a broad range of connection solutions to meet the specific needs of many different kinds of applications.

With excellent insulation performance, rated voltage up to 2000V and the ability to withstand voltage of up to 12kV, these crimping type inserts are available for wire diameters according to application needs: HCM250: 35-70mm2; HCM350: 35-120mm2. Insert mating cycles exceed 500 times.

The HCM inserts are protected by new IP68 housings. Made from aluminium alloy with a powder-coated surface, these housings deliver performance even in harsh outdoor environments. Stainless steel screw locking ensures a reliable connection. With a salt-spraying time of up to 500 hours, these housings have a durable construction for a long and stable service life.

Ewa Bazior, Product Manager for TE’s Industrial Solutions segment said: “Our heavy duty connectors have built a strong reputation for excellent and reliable performance over many years. Customers all over the world rely on them for data, signal, and/or data power connections between different devices or functional units, where their modular and standard interface helps to maximise application efficiency. With this new HCM range with IP68 housings, we can now offer an equally reliable solution for high current needs in harsh environments.”

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