USB connector is waterproof with IP rated sealing
Waterproof connectors make up the aquanex range from GCT. The Micro USB brings together high-performance USB connectors with “excellent IP rated sealing” says GCT. The first connector to be launched is the USB3500, a horizontal mid-plane mounted micro USB connector sealed to IP67.
The shell of the USB3500 is made from a single-piece stainless steel construction using a metal injection moulding manufacturing process, then plated in nickel. A silicon seal is moulded to the connector profile to ensure reliability against the flange, creating an optimal seal. The one piece metal injected shell provides the USB3500 with a compact form factor at 10 x 4.0 x 5.3mm
Four mounting posts secure attachment to the PCB and reduce assembly time as no screws or fixing is required. Operating temperature is -20 to +85 degrees C and the USB3500 is durable with over 10,000 mounting cycles.
Paul Hulatt, GCT product manager says: “We’re seeing increasing demand for water and dustproof connectors and the USB3500 is only the beginning . . . We will be pushing the boundaries and performance in the USB segment by offering more innovative IP-rated solutions,” he added.
Two new micro USB variants, a unique vertical mounted connector and a top of PCB version will be added to the range later in 2019.
GCT (Global Connector Technology) was established in 1988 and manufactures standard and custom interconnect and cable assembly products. GCT has facilities in Europe, USA and Asia. Production facilities are located in China, supported by a dedicated engineering team in Hong Kong.
GCT’s sales force is supported by a global catalogue and broadline distribution network.
GCT is an ISO9001 approved organisation and its products are fully RoHS and Reach-compliant.