GT Contact Waterproof Connectors
Connector-Tech ALS is the official Australian distributor for the entire range of GT Contact connectors. These precision-engineered IP67 and IP68 connectors have plastic or metal housings and the available series includes MC4 compatible Solar, D-sub, USB, RJ, Sensor and more (12 series in total).
These connectors are currently used by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology for making connections to weather instrumentation. Despite the high quality, GT Contact products are a low cost option for waterproof connectors.
Some typical Applications:
- Underwater vehicles
- Wind power
- Rail and mass transport
- Marine electronic
- Electric vehicles
- Wireless outdoor
- Industrial PC/rugged notebook
Five key series from the 12 types produced by GT Contact
*Note: "XX" in GT Contact Part Numbers
The GT Contact catalogue includes various components with the part number suffix: "XX". This is used in relation to connector types with cables attached, specifically the cable length. Complete drawings of many GT Contact parts are available on the GT Contact website.
When ordering a connector it is not always as simple matter of determining between 'male' and 'female' because this can refer to both the housing gender and the contact gender. Many manufacturers offer a given housing gender with both pin and socket. A common example of such confusion occurs in the Deutsch Industrial DT range, where the plug (or male connector) actually contains socket (or female) contacts. For this reason please specify both the contact and housing gender at the time of order.
The IP Rating of a connector or accessory relates to the degree of ingress protection provided by that component. The first digit of the code relates to the degree of protection against access to hazardous parts (conductors etc) and against solid foreign objects. The second digit refers to the degree of protection against the ingress of water. For two examples of this system, consider the most commonly seen IP ratings in our products: IP44 and IP67. IP44 4: Protection from solid objects ≤1mm | 4: Protection against splashing water IP67 6: Protection from dust-sized objects | 7: Protection against immersion in water at depth of 1m for 30mins A complete guide to all IP Ratings is available here.
These terms are used by Phase 3 and ITT Veam on their high-current connectors.The source is considered the half of the connection from which the power is sourced; or the half supplying the electrical power. In an emergency power application, the generator is the source and would be fitted with Panel Source (panel-mount) connectors, a Panel Source Powersafe Box, or Line Source (inline) connectors on pigtails. The drain is the half of the connection which drains the power from the source. In the same emergency power application described above, the network receiving the emergency power supply is the drain and would be fitted with Line Drain connectors, Panel Drain connectors or a Panel Drain Powersafe Box.
We commonly deal with both American Wire Gauge (AWG) and square millimetre (mm2) dimensions as the units used by manufacturers can vary. To convert between measurements please refer this conversion chart.