Connectors on the Move

Welding Welding robots, spot welders, and seam welders also require connectors that tolerate high temperatures, high currents, and high mechanical stress. Modernized equipment integrates automated systems that improve safety by requiring less manual involvement.

vibration levels. Modern processes aim to improve operational sustainability by reducing waste and safeguarding workers.

To enhance safety, equip stamping machinery with sensors that detect when operators are nearby and automatically shut off equipment when a safety perimeter is breached. In addition, AC drives can be implemented to control motor speed and reduce energy consumption. Stamping and pressing machinery requires high- capacity electrical connectors that endure high currents and voltages, like heavy-duty circular connectors. For example, bayonet types can address applications with vibration and a high number of circuits, fully threaded styles can provide sufficiently tight connections, and overmolded connectors can insulate and protect connection points against ingress and vibration. For metal forming and stamping, thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) materials resist corrosion and deterioration caused by fluids and oil. Configurable UTGX Series bayonet connectors from Eaton Souriau are lightweight, waterproof, shock-proof, and UV-resistant with a 27-year in-application lifespan. The locking mechanism ensures quick, secure connection and disconnection.

Machinery can also be designed to conserve energy during standby periods and to incorporate technologies that reduce power consumption during active periods. As the welding stage focuses on joining different metal parts together to create a vehicle, relevant equipment requires secure connectors that can handle high temperatures. TPE and chlorinated polyethylene (CPE) rubber cable jackets are common in welding environments, thanks to the materials’ weld slag build-up resistance.


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