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Molex Expands Customization, Modification and Extensions for Mini-Fit® Portfolio and KK® System

First-mate, last-break contacts, custom tail lengths, voided circuits and other CME capabilities enhance versatility of popular interconnects for mid-range power applications

LISLE, IL - July 10, 2012 - Molex Incorporated offers an expanded range of customization, modification and extension (CME) capabilities on variations of its Mini-Fit® product offerings and KK® system of “building block” connectors for small pitch, high current, high density applications.  CME versions of the Mini-Fit and KK interconnects feature multiple power, circuit count, configuration and size parameters for optimal flexibility in wire-to-wire, wire-to-board, and board-to-board standard offerings and blind mating applications in mid-range power products.

“In an effort to better serve unique and dynamic customer specifications, our global product team has developed a full range of value-added customizations, modifications and extensions for the popular and proven Mini-Fit and KK power connector solutions,” states Corey Schroeder, product manager, Molex.  “Depending on the application specifications, a customer’s unique requirements can be achieved swiftly and economically, with only minor tooling modifications or alterations-and minimal to no tooling costs.”

Mini-Fit CME capabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Special polarization to differentiate duplicate circuit sizes
  • Custom molds for housings and receptacles
  • Longer tails for thicker printed circuit boards
  • Latch-less, dual side latching, slide-n-lock
  • First-mate, last-break contacts
  • Custom panel mounts
  • Colored housings

Suitable for power applications up to 13.0 Amps per circuit, Mini-Fit interconnect products are available in single-row or dual-row, 2- to 24-circuit options, with multiple plating and material selections.  Other core attributes include an operating temperature of -40 to +105 degrees C, fully isolated terminals, positive housing locks, low-engagement forces and polarized housings and receptacles.  Mini-Fit product lines include Mini-Fit Jr.™, blind mate interface, compliant pin interface and H2O sealed connectors.

KK® CME capabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Offset entry holes provide 180 degree polarization-power and signal in the same housing
  • Kinked PC tails for optimal solder contact to the printed circuit board
  • Longer tail lengths for thicker printed circuit boards
  • Polarization keys and pegs ensure one-way mating
  • Molded-in voids for extra polarization
  • Customized pin lengths
  • Tin or gold plating

Versatile KK headers and receptacles enable thousands of configurations for applications with 2.50 to 5.08mm centerlines, with up to 13.0 Amps per circuit and up to 600 signal voltage.  The Molex KK portfolio includes solid and breakaway headers, PCB receptacles, housing and terminals.

“Billions of Mini-Fit and KK interconnects are deployed worldwide, delivering power reliability and performance in virtually every industry-from home appliances, automotive and medical devices to datacom, telecommunications, networking and business equipment,” adds Schroeder .

Mini-Fit products are UL recognized, CSA certified and TUV licensed.  KK products are UL recognized and CSA certified.  Molex interconnect components are lead-free and RoHS compliant. 

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