New Industry Products

Tyco Electronics Intros SOLARLOK Connectors

September 07, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Tyco Electronics Corp. (Harrisburg, PA), a business segment of Tyco International Ltd. (Pembroke, Bremuda), introduced the SOLARLOK interconnection system for sale in North America. The interconnect system accommodates mass production of solar modules as well as facilitates quick and easy field installation. The SOLARLOK system accomplishes both with a new, flexible, UL- and TÜV-approved system that accommodates both serial and parallel solar module connections.

The connectors used in the SOLARLOK interconnection system allow for rapid assembly using hand tools, but can also utilize high-speed, semi-automatic applicators as well. The silver-plated, copper alloy contacts are rated at 25A with up to 50 mating cycles and are sealed to an IP67 environmental rating when mated with another SOLARLOK connector. Contact resistance is typically 1 milliohm or less and affords a low-resistance, separable interface. The contacts are easily crimped onto 10 AWG, 12 AWG or 14 AWG stranded wire with a manual hand tool or semi-automatic stripper-crimper. Connector assembly is as simple as snapping the crimped leads into the connector housing and tightening a sealing nut. The connector housings are offered in positive and negative polarity keying to help eliminate mismating of connectors. The weatherproof housing is molded from UV-resistant polypheneylene-oxide to provide maximum resistance to ultraviolet radiation and ozone.