ML-XT sealed connectors: the key to durability in harsh environmentsFollow article
The complex vehicles of today include more connectors than ever before. With greater intricacy comes a higher risk of failure, as one compromised seal can result in the failure of an entire system. This is particularly true for applications that come into daily contact with salt water, fuel and other contaminants.
Durability is key to the prevention of electrical failures and malfunctions for boats, yachts and many marine applications. As these marine products become more and more complex, critical sealing issues caused by exposure to contaminants and harsh conditions are more common.
Both the seal material and the attachment method of the seals are critical in these harsh environments. Frequent contact with contaminants can lead to the structure of a silicone seal to break down, or for the seal to change shape or swell. Seals that are not attached to the housing can become loose during transit from the harness facility, or can move during mating, compromising the seal and leading to failure.
The chances of contamination failures can also increase if the cables close to connector entry points do not allow for much bending. Rugged applications within the marine industry can cause connector systems to be stretched, creating leak paths that permit numerous contaminants. Connector manufacturers have attempted to prevent such failures with added attachments and covers, but have caused other issues such as increased costs and reduced efficiency in the process.
To solve issues with connector durability, Molex has designed a highly reliable sealed connection system to withstand environments that place greater demand on connectors and their seals. Molex’s ML-XT Sealed Connection System features a molecularly-bonded plug housing and interfacial seal to protect against the ingress of any fluid and prevent seal loss or misalignment during mating.
Integrated covers safeguard the integrity of recessed rear seals by absorbing cable bend stresses to prevent leak paths. The superior sealing system complies with J2030 standard and is proven to prevent system downtime.
Meeting the needs of marine applications and many other sealed applications, the Molex ML-XT Sealed Connection System is a cost-competitive solution that offers superior reliability for critical vehicle-wiring applications in harsh environments.
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