TE Connectivity (TE) has unveiled the Maulflex conduit system, a light-weight, flexible and customisable shielded electrical conduit system for rugged environments within the aerospace industry, designed specifically to be used in ground support test equipment cables. The conduit system protects integrated harnessing systems while allowing re-entry and repair.
“The need to save fuel and space is driving many electronic designs in aviation and other modes of transportation to be lighter, tougher and to endure extreme temperatures,” said John Kuster, Product Manager, Harness Components, Global Aerospace, Defense & Marine, TE Connectivity. “Conduit systems offering versatility of construction, robust performance and light-weight designs are becoming increasingly popular where heavy cable jackets are being replaced by lighter jacketing options.”
The Maulflex conduit system is an integrated harnessing system composed of three layers. The outer layer is made up of Helical (Helical Form Tubing, HCTE) conduit construction and is crush-resistant and flexible. The shielding layer (1 or 2 layers of shielding braid) provides EMI protection, while the internal layer (fabric mesh) protects wires from chafing. All components are ROHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliant and offer low off-gassing. The Maulflex conduit provides flexibility in a light-weight, environmentally sealed and mechanically protected EMI shielded conduit system.
The Maulflex conduit system combines versatility with reliability for applications where cables are repeatedly coiled for storage and then uncoiled for use, where light-weight sealing and EMI protection is needed or where custom circuits are newly designed and subject to change. For additional sophistication, team the conduit up with heat shrink boots and backshells for a complete water-tight shielded conduit system that is flexible, versatile and light-weight for tough environments where temperatures range up to 200 degrees Celsius.