TE Connectivity (TE) has extended its range of heavy duty connectors (HDC) with a series of high current solutions for harsh outdoor environments for railway applications, as well as new energy, power generation and distribution.

At the core of the solution is TE’s new series of RoHS-compliant high current module (HCM) inserts. Available in either 250A or 350A versions (with a maximum current of up to 250A / 350A), and a choice of one to four contact positions, the HDCs offer a broad range of connection solutions to meet the specific needs of many different kinds of applications.

With excellent insulation performance, rated voltage up to 2,000V and able to withstand voltage of up to 12kV, these crimping type inserts are available for wire diameters according to application needs HCM250: 35mm²-70mm² and HCM350: 35mm²-120mm². Insert mating cycles exceed 500 times.

The HCM inserts are protected by new IP68 housings. Made from aluminum alloy with a powder-coated surface, these housings deliver an excellent performance in harsh outdoor environments.

Stainless-steel screw locking ensures a reliable connection. With a salt-spraying time of up to 500 hours, these housings have a durable construction for a long and stable service life.

Introducing the new range of connectors, Ewa Bazior, product manager for TE’s Industrial Solutions segment said: “Our heavy-duty connectors have built a strong reputation for excellent and reliable performance over many years.

“Customers all over the world rely on them for data, signal, and / or data power connections between different devices or functional units, where their modular and standard interface helps to maximize application efficiency. With this new HCM range with IP68 housings, we can now offer an equally reliable solution for high current needs in harsh environments.”