Molex elevates electrical safety in harsh environments

Molex has introduced the Super-Safeway Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) industrial-duty product at the 2023 International Production and Processing Expo. The new GFCI offering is the first portable 20A device to earn the IP69K rating, which is the highest level of industrial protection against the penetration of high pressure, high temperature water and dust. This latest addition to Molex’s Woodhead line of permanent-mount and portable GFCI solutions is ideally suited for the food processing industry as well as other applications where sanitising equipment continually creates excessive moisture and humidity conditions.

“Molex’s industrial customers operate highly complex processing equipment in some of the harshest and wettest environments, so addressing their safety concerns is a critical business priority,” says Tony Quebbemann, Product Marketing Manager at Molex. “We developed the portable, IP69K-rated, 20A GFCI product to give our customers the highest levels of protection possible to safeguard them from the dangers of electrical failure or electrocution.”

Meeting challenges with solutions

A multitude of industrial and electrical challenges exist in food processing, petrochemical processing and mining plants where excessive water, moisture and humidity can create hazardous conditions. Similar risks occur in temporary outdoor environments where exposure to the elements can damage electrical equipment.

Molex’s new double-insulated GFCI meets industry standards while offering extra measures of protection to keep workers safe. The product’s open-neutral sensing relay stops power flow under threatening conditions in accordance with OSHA requirements. Additionally, the product meets both UL-listed and CSA-certified regulations.

The IP69K-rated Super-Safeway GFCI industrial-duty product also features unique sealing properties, impact-resistant housing, chemical/UV-resistant enclosure and vulcanised rubber for long-lasting operation. Nuisance tripping is minimised by the inclusion of an electronically enhanced filter while various product options, including automatic and manual resets as well as different outlet-box configurations, are designed to accommodate a variety of worksites.

The cable drops on the Super-Safeway GFCI feature a primary cord that can accommodate an overhead configuration for more convenient and safer installation. Moreover, the device can be coupled with cable drops using Molex Watertite wiring devices with IP67, IP69K, NEMA Type 4X and 6P ratings.

Reinforcing Molex’s power and connectivity expertise

For more than two decades, Molex has combined product innovations and industrial experience to support more than half of the largest food-processing companies nationwide. The company’s overarching commitment to safety, reliability and performance has driven the ongoing expansion of Molex’s extensive lineup of industrial power and connectivity solutions, encompassing ArcArrest, Safeway, Super-Safeway, Watertite and Woodhead products. Molex’s industrial-power portfolio is designed to support optimal worker safety and reliable performance in the most demanding environments, including the food and beverage, commercial construction, utility, and petrochemical industries.

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