KYOCERA introduces reliable, Waterproof Branch Connector for harsh conditions of automotive electronics

Sheltap® clamshell-style connector is designed to withstand water-pressure and extreme temperature; helps streamline auto assembly workflow

October 26, 2018

Kyoto/London – Kyocera today introduced a new clamshell-style branch connector for automotive electronics that features a unique locking structure for waterproof connections, ensuring reliability in harsh conditions. The new Sheltap 9715 Series Waterproof Electronic Branch Connector was shown for the first time at CEATEC JAPAN 2018 (Booth #H009), October 16-19. Samples are now available upon request.

Product nameSheltap 9715 Series Waterproof Electronic Branch Connector 
ApplicationBranching Electronic Wiring for Automotive Equipment
Sample Shipment DateOctober 3, 2018
Key Benefits

Waterproof, able to withstand high-pressure washing
Operates in -40 to +85 °C (185 °F)

9715 Series Waterproof Electronic Branch

A branch connector is used to install electronic equipment, such as a navigation system or dashboard camera, by branching power from the vehicle’s main wiring harness. Since Kyocera introduced its original 9215 series branch connectors in 1992, the products have been lauded for providing reliable connections while streamlining assembly and installation workflow through their unique clamshell structure. In 2014, Kyocera became an early developer of connectors for aluminum wiring to support weight-saving initiatives among automakers. Rapid adoption of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and other automotive electronics has created new demand for connectors that can withstand harsh environments, including the vehicle exterior and direct exposure to the elements in all weather conditions. 
Kyocera designed the Sheltap branch connector series to provide a high level of waterproof functionality and reliability — successfully passing the high-pressure washing and high-temperature exposure testing of the JASO*1 D616 standards, which evaluate wire harness connectors with specially designed enclosures and sealant materials for automotive applications.  Kyocera’s Sheltap series connectors embody the company’s commitment to supporting the rapid advancement of electronic technologies in diverse markets, including automotive, shipping, and outdoor security / camera-monitoring applications. 
Key Features: Sheltap® 9715 Series Waterproof Branch-Style Electronic Connectors

1. Unique Lock Structure Ensures Reliable Waterproofing and Ability to Withstand Extreme Temperatures
By combining a unique housing lock structure with sealant materials, the new connectors are able to meet JASO D616 standards for high waterproofing and reliability in automotive components. The Sheltap series connectors can also operate in extreme temperatures from -40 to +85 °C (185 °F).

2. Weight Reduction: Connects Aluminum Wiring, 40% Lighter Than Copper Wire 
The products are designed to meet the special interconnection requirements of aluminum wiring, which is 40 percent lighter than copper wire, and increasingly seen as a key to meeting vehicle weight-reduction goals.

3. Improves Reliability and Ease of Use
The new waterproof connectors are easy to assemble – simply insert the wires and apply pressure. The connector keeps wires in place for excellent workflow, instantly providing a reliable connection with a waterproof seal.

Improves Reliability and Ease of Use

4. Environmentally friendly products, RoHS compliant
Advanced technologies play an important role in realizing a comfortable life for everyone. Kyocera introduces various unique products that make people’s lives more convenient and comfortable. Sensor devices capable of measuring vital signs help create a pleasant environment for everyone and contribute to preventive medical care, and IoT units compatible with LPWA for use in a variety of applications will be on display.

*1 Japanese Automotive Standards Organization


Applicable wireCopper: AVSS0.5, CAVS0.5, CIVUS0.5
Aluminum: ALVUS0.75, ALVUS0.5, ALVSSH0.5
Rated currentAC/DC 9A/Contact (Copper Wire 0.5mm2, Aluminum Wire 0.75 mm2)
AC/DC 8A/Contact (Aluminum Wire 0.5 mm2)
Rated voltageAC/DC 125V Contact
D.W. VoltageAC 1,000Vrms/min.
Operating temperature range-40 to +85 °C (185 °F)

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About Sheltap®
Kyocera’s Sheltap series of branch-style electronic connectors are engineered for automotive use. The clamshell design allows Sheltap connectors to branch and distribute electricity easily and with long-term reliability, even in harsh environments. 
Sheltap is registered trademarks of Kyocera in Japan, U.S.A., China, and Europe

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Mr. Masaki Kobayashi

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