IP68 rating for sealed wire-to-wire connectors in extreme harsh environments

16-02-2022 | Molex | Connectors, Switches & EMECH

Molex has announced that its Squba sealed wire-to-wire connectors have gained the coveted IP68 rating for fulfilling the stringent international standard of waterproofing and resistance to dirt, dust, sand and other contaminants. In attaining this milestone, it addresses the ever-increasing demand for compact connectors ideal for a combination of a consumer device, industrial automation, commercial vehicle, connected home and other space-constrained applications where protection from harsh environmental conditions are essential.

“As devices shrink in size yet grow in capabilities, product designers must balance greater demands for reliability with the realities of having less space for electrical components,” said Ken Stead, director, power products, Power and Signal Business Unit, Molex. “Our compact, IP68-rated Squba connectors optimise power delivery in one of the smallest, most durable form factors, giving product developers unparalleled peace of mind, as well as unprecedented design freedom and flexibility.”

The Squba 1.8mm pitch connector holds a 6A current rating, allowing transmission of more power over smaller gauge wire for extra space savings and decreased costs. The connector’s narrow pitch further eases space constraints while availability in 2-to-10 circuits and support for high operating temperatures provide further product design options.

Equally important, these connectors are made with rubber-moulded plastic and incorporate a durable cap to protect the seal from damage during shipping, handling, assembly and use. As a result, these smaller, ruggedised connectors are optimised to deliver unfailing performance for a broad range of applications and wet, dusty environments where connector size, resiliency and quality are crucial.

By Natasha Shek