Simple Guide to 62GB Connectors

What are 62GB Connectors?

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62GB connectors are used widely in industrial communications. They also have widespread use in military communications. These are durable, pinned connectors that are designed to be use in rugged conditions. They come in a variety of different designs with various pin configurations, shells and contacts.

62GB connections have both socket and pin contact options available. The pins and receptacles can be outfitted with either type of contact. They also come in various orientation options, allowing for different insertion setups and the option to set the insertion angle to straight up and down, clockwise or counterclockwise.

These connectors are also available in various shell materials and colors. The standard shell material for these connectors is olive drab in color, but this can be easily customized by the user. Deviation codes also provide further customization options for the user.

What are 62 GB Connectors used for?

62GB connectors are used for a variety of different applications, many of them involving being used in environments where the equipment is exposed to hazards including temperature extremes, corrosion and more. They are also very durable, making them ideally suited to environments where mechanical force on the cables could ruin less durable options.

The telecommunications industry uses 62GB connectors extensively. They are also used in the transport industry and are frequently seen in industrial settings. These connectors are also used in the petroleum industry and in the military, owing to their very tough designs and many different configuration options.

The wide variety of different design options available for these connectors make them suitable for myriad applications. From sealed connectors that are able to maintain performance with changing air pressure to connectors with threaded shells that allow them to stand up to tremendous mechanical force, there are numerous different ways that these devices can be customized or that options from the ready-made line of products can serve a wide variety of needs.

These types of connectors are also utilized environments where extreme temperatures are a hazard. There sealed design, durable materials and other features make them ideally suited to environments that would easily damage or completely destroy lesser connectors.

Guide to 62GB Connectors

The following information will help you to select exactly the type of connector that you need for your given application. The specifications listed below include all of the major variables required to get precisely the right connector.

In addition to the specifications listed below, there are options available for further customization, allowing these connectors to be created for very specific applications and for very specific types of users. The durability, reliability and customization options for these connectors make them among the most versatile options on the market. These can be manufactured to handle extremely challenging environments and to still perform above and beyond user expectations.

Specifying the type of connector needed is done using an alphanumeric code, which is detailed below. Each of the different elements of the code specifies a different aspect of the connector. It is imperative to make certain that the shell, the platform, the contact type, the orientation option and the deviation codes are all represented correctly on the order.

Because of additional customization options that are available, any other questions can be directed to a representative who can help you to determine exactly what you need and how a connector can be made up to the specifications. Whether it is something as simple as changing the case color to allow for a color coding scheme or changing the case material so that it can handle a specific type of environmental threat, there are options available.

Selecting the Shell Type

select shell type 62gb connectorsThere are threaded and non-threaded options available among the various shell types for 62GB connectors. There are also sealed designs and designs with cable clamps included.

The amount of mechanical force that the shell is likely to encounter and the environmental exposure it will endure will largely dictate the choice in shell types. Customizations are also available in terms of the material used on the shell, which can make these connectors more suitable for use in specific environments. milspec shells are also available.

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A mating pair must consist of one plug type & one receptacle type.

What are Plugs?

Plugs come in various configurations, including 56T, 16E, 16F and 16J. These plug configurations include options for varying numbers of contacts, shell sizes and other options. Some additional options are available via special order. The plug component plugs into the receptacle, with a variety of different choices in terms of seals, threaded nuts and more.

Some of the plug options include:

  • 56T: A cable mount threaded shell design for cable accessories
  • 16E: A cable mount insert seal and grommet seal with a grommet nut
  • 16F: A cable mount insert seal and grommet seal and grommet nut with an integral strain relief clamp
  • 16J: Comes with a cable clamp for an unscreened jacketed cable

More options are available in the full catalog. The plug specification is the first number indicated in the overall specification.

What are Receptacles?

ReceptacleThe receptacle component of a 62GB connector can be purchased in a variety of configurations, as well. They include 12E, 57A, 51T and 11F.

The receptacles allow the user to employ nuts, threaded shell designs and grommet designs. There are also plain shell options available. The receptacles are chosen based on the environment in which the equipment will be used, the type of plug chosen and the number of pins required to complete the connection.

The options for receptacles available include:

  • 12 E: A box mount that has a plain shell.
  • 57 A: A jam nut, single hole fixing plain shell.
  • 51 T: A cable mounting design with a threaded shell that allows this receptacle to accept cable accessories.
  • 11F: A cable mount that has a grommet and grommet nut with an interval strain relief clamp.

There are other options available, as well, detailed in the complete listing in the catalog.

Choosing a Platform

Choosing a platform requires matching the shell size, the number of contacts and the insert arrangement.

Shell sizes include 8, 10121416182022, and 24. The number of contacts is chosen next, which includes the maximum amperage rating for the cable. The size of the platform, along with the configuration of the pins, results in the final platform. For example, a pin with a shell size of 14 and 19 pins would be referred to as a 14-19 platform.

The platform specification is indicated as the third and fourth numbers in the specification. The third number corresponds to the shell size; the fourth number corresponds to the number of contacts.

What Platforms Exist?

There is a wide variety of platform options available. Shell sizes range from 8-24. There are also options available for different contact sizes. Size 16 contacts are rated for 13 A max. Size 20 contacts are rated for 7.5 A max.

choosing a platform

The platforms available include:

  • 8-2 with size 20 contacts
  • 8-3 with size 20 contacts
  • 8-33 with size 20 contacts
  • 8-4 with size 20 contacts
  • 8-98 with size 20 contacts
  • 10-6 with size 20 contacts
  • 10-7 with size 20 contacts
  • 10-2 with size 16 contacts
  • 12-10 with size 20 contacts
  • 12-3 with size 16 contacts
  • 14-2 with size 16 and size 20 contacts
  • 14-5 with size 16 and size 20 contacts
  • 14-19 with size 20 contacts
  • 14-5 with size 16 contacts
  • 16-23 with size 16 and size 20 contacts
  • 16-26 with size 20 contacts
  • 16-8 with size 16 contacts
  • 18-32 with size 20 contacts
  • 18-11 with size 16 contacts
  • 20-41 with size 20 contacts
  • 20-16 with size 16 contacts
  • 22-55 with size 20 contacts
  • 22-21 with size 16 contacts
  • 24-61 with size 20 contacts

Choosing a Contact Type

Contact Type ExampleContact type options include pin contacts and socket contacts. To make a pair of contacts, one of the connectors must have pin contacts and the other must have socket contacts. This is very easily specified, with the letter P standing for pin contacts and the letter S standing for socket contacts.

For a mating pair, one connector must be fitted with pin contacts and the other connector with socket contacts.

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Orientation Options

There are several different orientation options available for these connectors. The connectors can be differently oriented according to the insert orientation and, additionally, there is a keyway orientation available.

Orientation Options

Orientation ExampleTo facilitate mating, both connectors must have the same orientation code. The Orientation Options are indicated as follows:

  • N: Normal orientation
  • A: Keyway orientation A
  • B: Keyway orientation B
  • C: Keyway orientation C
  • D: Keyway orientation D
  • E: Keyway orientation E
  • F: Keyway orientation F
  • W: Insert orientation W
  • X: Insert orientation X
  • Y: Insert orientation Y
  • Z: Insert orientation Z

In a keyway orientation, the minor keyways and the bayonet pins rotate in relation to the major keyway.

In order to have a mated pair of contacts, the connectors have to have the same orientation code. They will not connect properly if they have different orientation codes.

Deviation Codes

Deviation Code ExampleBecause some applications require alterations on the basic 62GB designs available, deviation codes provide options for customizing these connectors. These customizations include everything from increasing the durability of the coupling nut to using a shell plating other than the standard option. Customers may also opt to get a complete be different shell material than the norm used on their connectors, should their applications call for it. The deviations include:

The deviation code is represented in parentheses following the other specifications of the device in question. In addition to the aforementioned deviation codes, other deviation codes will be used to differentiate between various customer customizations.

Further deviation codes are available by contacting customer service. In cases where no deviation code is specified, the standard device is indicated.


62GB connectors have a basic design that makes them ideal for tough conditions and for military uses.

The shell of the connectors is normally finished in an olive drab color. There is the option, however, to have other finishes used, should they be required for a given application or a given user. The shells are highly resistant to corrosion, allowing them to be used in very challenging environments.

Deviations allow for the customization of the connectors, so there are plenty of different ways that these connectors can be targeted at a specific application.

The connectors have inserts that are normally made of a polychloroprene rubber compound. This is rated to operatebetween -55C and 125C.

The connectors themselves are outfitted with gold plated contacts.

Users can choose to have up to 61 contacts on the device. This is available in the size 24 options, which is 36.1 mm in diameter.

The contacts are hermetic. The insulators are sealed with glass. The shells are made out of mild steel and the contacts feature nickel iron plated tin, laid over copper.

There are also milspec options available. These conform to British Standards Specification BS 9522 FOO 17. This is close to the US Military Specification MIL-C-26482 solder terminations.

These connectors are also rated at high altitudes, with connectors of different specifications tested high ambient temperatures. This ensures that they are able to hold up to the most rugged conditions imaginable and that they meet, in every regard, the advertised tolerances and specifications.

Schedule of Tests Required for Qualification

A variety of different tests are employed to qualify 62GB connectors. These testing procedures ensure that the connectors are ready for whatever application the user may have in mind. They include:

  • A visual examination
  • A compatibility gauging procedure
  • Dimensions, outline mass and contacts
  • Polarization
  • Engaging and separating force for the connectors
  • Contact holding force
  • Sealing, air pressure
  • Sealing, Hermetic
  • Contact resistance
  • Housing continuity
  • Insulation resistance
  • Voltage proof
  • Soldering
  • Bumping
  • Vibration
  • Shock
  • Acceleration, steady-state
  • Rapid change of temperature
  • Climactic sequence
  • Flammability
  • Damp heat, steady-state
  • Immersion at low air pressure
  • Mechanical endurance
  • High temperature endurance
  • Mold growth
  • Salt mist
  • Dust
  • Robustness of terminations
  • Contact retention in insert
  • Insert retention in shell
  • Test product damage
  • Impact
  • Grounding spring holding
  • Force plugs with grounding Springs only
  • Fluid resistance
  • Compass safe distance