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Niobium Wet-Mate Connector:

The Harsh Environment Connector Solution

 

iCONN’s Niobium Wet-Mate connector was designed and developed using patented NiobiCONN™ technology. Designed to intentionally let water in, it is ideal for underwater applications.

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DESIGN FEATURES

The Niobium Wet-Mate connector has many powerful features, including:
  • Endless shapes and sizes
  • Customized for any application
  • Multiple connector retention options (screw, bayonet, snap lock, etc)
  • Used with off-the-shelf cable solutions
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THE TECHNOLOGY

Niobium contacts create their own passive film when energized and exposed to water. The film acts as an insulator, electrically isolating the contact from the surrounding water and adjacent contacts.

The insulating anodic film on the niobium contact mating surface is breached as the contacts are mated, providing electrical connectivity. In the areas where the niobium contact insulating anodic film is removed during mating, it is instantly restored as soon as de-mating occurs. The niobium contacts are self-healing. Niobium contacts are safe from direct water contact with power applied, up to 60v.

Although the contacts are wet, the insulating film prevents shorting of electronics and electric shock, making this the safest and most reliable technology for wet contacts that exists today.

Additional Attributes of Niobium Contacts

  • A naturally hypoallergenic  material
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • No sealing required
  • No O-ring, gaskets,  oil bladders, etc.
  • Can be mated and unmated  above water or fully  submerged
  • No depth limit

Applications

There are many applications where niobium-based connector technology can be used, including but not limited to:

Underwater power
and signal connectors

Freshwater or
saltwater environments

Outdoor
infrastructure

Underground

Indoor/outdoor farming

Food and chemical processing

Ideal Industries

NiobiCONN™ technology is suited for all industries, but is particularly ideal for the following:

Marine

Marine applications are synonymous with harsh conditions and rely on component performance and consistency for success. Seawater and other marine organisms pose an enormous risk to the functionality and longevity of certain product’s life span, electrical connectors in particular. Niobium connector technology has no depth limit issues and does not require isolation from the surrounding water. This makes Niobium technology the best choice for electrical interconnects in any marine application.

SCBAs

Self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBAs) are typically used in extreme temperatures and hazardous situations. Niobium can withstand these extreme temperatures (high and low) and will maintain its natural properties due to its inherent nature. Niobium connectors and components can be applied into new or existing equipment with limitations only in voltage type and level.

Military

Defense technology is ever-changing, and NiobiCONN™ technology is at the cutting edge of electrical connector research and development. These connectors can be designed to adapt to US and foreign military specifications and standards. Niobium connectors provide consistent performance un-hampered by any type of water to an industry that is filled with mission-critical electrical connections.

Aquaculture/fish farming

Monitoring your investment underwater can be hectic without a reliable product. Sensors, cameras and related connectors are all vulnerable unless they utilize NiobiCONN™ technology. It’s been proven that electrical connections made with niobium do NOT require any sealing to combat water ingress. Shorting / carbon build-up, corrosion, salt deposits or damaged / missing o-rings have no impact on NiobiCONN™ connections. Niobium technology mitigates these failure points when compared to conventional connectors.

Agricultural

Increasing demands for precision and accuracy in farming technology is fueling applications for NiobiCONN™. Niobium will solve moisture related electrical connection issues present in farming equipment today. Managing and monitoring sensitive equipment in harsh farming conditions utilizing niobium technology will yield the best results.

Food/chemical Processing

Safety and quality assurance should always be considered while trying to achieve an efficient manufacturing process. Niobium can withstand harsh washdown scenarios and is resistant to all chemicals. It is hypoallergenic and will not corrode under any conditions. NiobiCONN™ can be applied to meet all current industry standards.

data collection / communication

It’s a battle for high-speed data transfer, reliability, and high-density miniaturization. Luckily, Niobium can achieve all these important features and do it underwater without the need for seals and o-rings. Niobium connectors will be the deciding factor for application success and improvement for an industry dedicated to innovation.

Medical

NiobiCONN™ is well-suited for an industry that relies on safety and integrity. Understanding environmental factors while choosing materials is crucial. Due to the sensitivity of medical environments, niobium will excel due to its hypoallergenic properties. Niobium also lends itself to being sterilized and remains resilient throughout its lifecycle.

transportation

Transporting can be a logistical nightmare if operating systems are prone to failure. On-time delivery of people and/or goods relies on credibility. Niobium connectors are designed for extreme environments. They can be designed to resist harsh mechanical loads such and vibration and shock and be completely immune to road water and related automotive chemicals.

robotics

Robots are being utilized more than ever and are becoming more advanced every day. These robots deserve the most innovative connector technology to date. Niobium connectors will not only improve performance and reduce installation time, but will also limit the amount of scheduled maintenance.

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