Connectors on the Move

MODULAR DESIGN Many modern work trucks and emergency vehicles are designed with modularity in mind. This means that different components and systems can be easily swapped out or upgraded as needed. Multi- pin connectors with a modular design can make it easier to integrate new systems and components into these vehicles without requiring extensive rewiring. Connectors with built-in busbars are ideal for applications where a common bussed electrical pathway is required, enabling quick modifications and integrations. A leading example is the Hyperbuss AT family of receptacle connectors (shown below) from Amphenol Sine Systems. A single Hyperbuss connector can take a power source and split it into many connections instead of using multiple external terminals and bus bars.

DURABILITY Work trucks, emergency vehicles, and other heavy- duty vehicles are subject to extreme conditions and rough handling. Multi-pin connectors that are designed to withstand vibration, shock, and environmental factors help ensure that these vehicles operate reliably in even the harshest conditions.

Aptiv family of HES connectors

Circular connectors with plastic or metal housing are often used on electrical panels found in heavy- duty on and off-highway equipment. Their circular shape and strong materials make these connectors especially tough and durable. Examples include the Aptiv family of HES connectors as well as Amphenol Sine Systems’ DuraMate AHDM and ATHD Series connectors.

Some suppliers offer industry-standard connectors with wire leads pre-assembled, a modularity enhancement that reduces installation and replacement time.

Amphenol Sine Systems’ DuraMate AHDM (left) and ATHD Series connectors.

SAFETY Safety is a top concern for emergency responders, fire crews, and police officers. Multi-pin connectors that are designed with safety in mind, such as those

Aptiv Weather-Pack and Metri-Pack connectors available from Waytek have preassembled wire leads.


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