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Molex Expands Heavy Duty Connector Portfolio for Industrial Automation

Molex Incorporated announces the expansion of its Heavy Duty Connectors following the recent acquisition of the GWconnect® product range from Italian industrial connector manufacturer Westec Srl. GWconnect Heavy Duty Connectors provide exceptional mechanical strength and vibration resistance in power, control and signal circuits.

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“Heavy Duty Connectors complement our trusted Brad® solutions for industry and build on our industrial automation portfolio,” said Riky Comini, director of business development, Molex.

UL/CSA-approved GWconnect connectors are rated to IP66, IP67 or IP69K (EN 60529) for applications exposed to harsh substances or requiring frequent wash down. Applications may include control panels, robotics, industrial automation, food and beverage, in addition to railway, commercial vehicle and renewable energy equipment.

Constructed of die-cast aluminum alloy with a polyester powder coating, Molex GWconnect connectors are available with a range of enclosure materials and options. Inserts constructed of self-extinguishing UL 94V-0 thermoplastic material are available with screw terminals, screw terminals with terminal block, spring terminals, crimp terminals and push-in terminals. Special sealing gaskets protect the inserts against dust, water and chemical agents. Turned contacts are made of hard silver or gold coated copper alloy, ensuring high reliability and performance. A complete range of stamped crimp contacts, supplied on reel, is also available for automated crimping. Sealed GWconnect solutions feature a lever locking system to resist impact and prevent accidental unmating.

“Whether a customer has a specialty application or needs reliable connectivity in an automated high volume assembly, Molex Heavy Duty Connectors perform in industry’s most challenging environments,” adds Comini.

For more information about Molex GWconnect Heavy Duty Connectors, please visit www.molex.com/pa/hdc.html.

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