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Extra rugged sealed circular connectors

27 November 2008

Molex has introduced a new line of sealed circular connectors. XRC (Extra Rugged Circular) Sealed Plugs and Receptacles have been developed to meet the demanding requirements of the heavy-equipment industry. With a standard 18 size shell, these rugged, circular connectors are ideal for heavy-duty applications such as trucks, buses and agricultural markets.

Designed to meet IP67 standards, XRC plugs and receptacles protect against the ingress of dust, water and other contaminants to maintain the integrity of the mated pair. The plugs feature a quick-disconnect bayonet latch to provide quick and easy connections with reduced installation and service time while ensuring accurate mating depth.

“Through extensive research and product testing, we designed the XRC line to meet our customers’ needs,” says Bill Mahony, product manager of the Automation & Electrical Products Division of Molex. “Never before has Molex offered such an economical, rugged, sealed, circular connector.”

The XRC features a grommet retainer with a lip for compatibility with back shell and over-moulded applications. A large polarising key indicator aids in visual alignment to facilitate easier mating. The simple crimp-and-poke technology does not require terminal alignment when installing crimped wires, while enlarged imprinting on the wire seals clearly identifies each circuit, making installation and field servicing fast and easy.

For maximum design flexibility, XRC plugs and receptacles are available in standard and reverse gender. These connectors can be used for in-line or panel-mount applications. Additional circuits and shell sizes will be released over the coming months to expand the XRC product offering.

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