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High performance cable harness

10 September 2002 Interconnection

Amphenol has developed the next generation of armoured vehicle cable harnesses using overmould technology.

Instead of conventional connectors, backshell and boot technology, Amphenol supplies custom-made overmoulded assemblies. With just a moderate investment in mould tooling, considerable savings can be made both in initial cost and throughout project life. Cost saving and performance benefits are achieved by a reduction in components as the overmould is fused directly onto the cable and connector, creating a very rugged environmentally sealed assembly.

Key features

* The mould material compound can be specified to meet the environmental performance requirements of the system, eg, fluid resistant, low smoke, zero halogen, abrasion resistance. The NBC washdown performance of the mould compound exceeds that of heatshrink technology.

* The moulding can be shaped to achieve straight or angled cable entry. Idents, NATO stock numbers, arrows or finger grips, etc, can also be featured in the overmould.

* Marking can be moulded in, which is more permanent than labelling and is less vulnerable to damage from fuel, oil or sharp objects.

* Overmoulded cable harnesses are not repairable at the cable/connector interface, therefore a repair by replacement maintenance policy is recommended for permanent repair. For temporary or battle damage repairs, overmoulded connectors with pigtails can be spliced into the damage cable.

By specifying Amphenol overmoulded cable harnesses, future armoured vehicle constructors and end-users will benefit from low initial procurement cost, high environmental protection and EMC/EMP performance, high reliability, plus low through-life training and maintenance cost.

For more information contact Amphenol, 011 783 9517, amphenol_africa@csi.com





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