8th August 2023

Rugged IP67 & IP68 USB-C connectors from GT Contact

Rugged IP67 & IP68 USB-C connectors from GT Contact

Waterproof IP-rated USB-C connectors

New from Live Electronics is the latest range of rugged waterproof USB-C connectors.  Manufactured by GT Contact, the new connectors meet IP67 and IP68 specifications, are available with tough thermoplastic (IP67) or metal (IP68) housings, and in a choice of panel mount, cable mount or cable to cable (in-line) versions.   

The new USB-C connectors have been designed for use in a wide range of demanding industrial and process applications, from oil and gas, marine and transport, to power generation, industrial controls and robotics or automation systems. 

The new connectors incorporate screw or bayonet twist and lock couplings, for 16mm panel cut-outs.  Metal versions feature high quality nickel-plated zinc-alloy bodies, with gold-plated stainless-steel connector housings and gold-plated copper-alloy contacts for optimum signal integrity and long-term reliability. 

Panel mount versions can be supplied as DIP pin or be pre-wired with USB-C plug or socket terminations, while rear potting ensures that system electronics are fully protected, even when the USB-C connector is unmated or the optional sealing cap is removed.  Data transfer speeds are typically up to 10Gbps and operating temperatures are from -40°C to +85°C. 

Luke Hartley, Managing Director of Live Electronics, explains that,

“Although we already have an extensive range of rugged USB connectors, many of our OEM customers require IP67 and IP68 rated USB-C devices for the latest generation of electronic systems that are designed for use in particularly demanding applications.  With our long-standing relationships with leading electronic component manufacturers around the world we’ve been able to source what we believe is an outstanding range of tough USB-C connectors, which we can supply in a wide choice of variants to meet almost all customer needs.”