Connector enables quick, safe disconnections

Paul Boughton

SEACON’s new robust EX-MATE EXD explosion-proof connector range helps enable quick and safe disconnections in hazardous environments.

In recent years there has been an increased requirement for connectors to operate in hazardous environments and many applications now require quick and safe disconnection of connectors to be used in these environments.

As a result SEACON in Europe has developed a new robust range of Exd connectors.

The EX-MATE is based around the existing SEA-MATE range and can be wet mated in depths of up to 50m in addition to its suitability for use in explosive environments. It is also available in 4 shell sizes (G, K, L, M) between 2 & 37 contact configurations.

However, like the SEA-MATE, this series has interchangeable inserts so can be adapted to a number of pin configurations.

In addition, the EX-MATE incorporates an Atex approved glanding system for the cable which is encapsulated within the overmould, making it suitable for a range of hazardous environments such as topside floating production systems (FPSO), drilling vessels or other potentially explosive environments.

The range is voltage rated to 600 VDC and 440 VAC with a current rating of up to 10 amps for the G size and up to 4.3 amps for the K, L & M sizes).