Traditional machine hardwiring involves a virtual maze of wires and cables. In modern machine setups, electrical, signal and data contact points can number into the hundreds for complex operations or multifunctional machines.
Risks are inherent in industrial plants and other settings where workers come into contact with heavy equipment and processes combining metal surfaces, electrical machinery and power systems. GFCI-compliance and watertight connections are critical wherever power components contact moisture, chemicals, weather and other harsh environmental conditions. Industrial operations are at risk anytime unprotected electrical connections are exposed to moisture, metals and harsh conditions. The improper use of wiring and electrical equipment can cause any number of problems, ranging from nuisance tripping or short circuits causing interruptions in power flow to major malfunctions that pose significant risk of injury and death due to electrocution or fire.
Engineers often find themselves choosing between high-power connectors that don’t offer all the features that would be ideal for their designs and are forced to compromise as a result. For instance, if they can’t find a connector that delivers the required current rating in a small package, engineers may settle for a high-current connector that increases their design’s size.