TE Connectivity is implementing two improvements to its SEACON Micro WET-CON connectors that are intended to result in faster product turn-around and expedited delivery to customers. This connector series is miniature, light-weight, and wet-mateable, and therefore enables connections to be made underwater, on-deck or in any weather condition. Typical uses include Diver communications, underwater televisions (UWTV) & ROV systems.
One improvement is making the connectors Lead-Free and RoHS Compliant in order to meet international standards. The company began manufacturing all Micro WET-CON connectors lead-free and Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) compliant starting on March 1, 2018.
Previously, customers had to special order products that met these standards. There will be a brief transition period while old inventory is depleted, so customers are advised to specify at the time of ordering if they require RoHS compliant products.
The scond improvemeny, acoorcrding to the company, is offering the connectors with convenient standard lengths from April 1, 2018. Standard cable lengths will include 1m, 2m and 5m cable on inline connectors; 0.5m hook-up wire on bulkhead connectors. Longer lengths can still be ordered on demand.
TE will stock its U.S. and U.K. facilities with the standard-length products, which will contribute to decreased lead times. Following April 1, accessories like locking sleeves will be sold separately.
“These improvements will help decrease internal processing times and streamline our manufacturing lines, which will result in faster service and response times for customers,” said Jana Andreas, product manager for connectors and assemblies at TE Marine, Oil & Gas. “We will be able to further decrease lead times by stocking our U.S. and U.K. facilities with the new standard connectors.”