Titan Ground Power Cables and Adapters Extend Aircraft Power Receptacle Life

By Contributed Article | November 09, 2012

November 13, 2012

Cooper Interconnect has added the Titan Ground Power Series of cable assemblies and field-replaceable adapters to its Burton family of aviation products. Advanced interconnect technologies decrease mating forces by 40% and demating by 60%, significantly increasing the service life of military and commercial aircraft receptacles and reducing receptacle-related Aircraft On Ground (AOG) instances.

Cable-assembly connectors and optional “nosepiece” adapters incorporate precisely positioned, floating sockets that independently adjust to aircraft receptacle pins. A six-tine socket design improves engagement cycle force consistency, which also contributes to extending the service life of airframe-mounted, 400Hz receptacles.

In addition to precisely positioning the sockets, glass-filled epoxy carriers internal to the cable connectors and adapters protect the bolts, pins, and sockets. They also ensure that the adapter bolts can be removed even after being run over by aircraft tugs and terminal-support vehicles.

The optional adapter is field-replaceable in minutes and is less than 50% of the cost of a ground-power cable refurbishment. The adapter incorporates all of the design features of the molded cable assembly connector that reduce aircraft receptacle wear, receptacle-related AOG expenses, and schedule delays.

Titan Ground Power cables are available in banded, jacketed, and six-around-one configurations. These rugged products are rated for full-load operation from -67°F to +185°F and meet SAE AS7974 testing of 20 foot-pounds impact at -67°F. A molded-in strain relieves fuses and environmentally seals the cable jacket directly to the connector.

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