The Navy has developed, tested, and patented a cable shield ground adapter (CSGA) that is easy to use, highly robust, and inexpensive. The Navy CSGA is designed to accommodate a broad range of cable and conduit sizes with a minimal number of adapters. For example, any size cable from 1/8” to 1” can be grounded and secured in a K-sized tube using the Navy’s device. An internal seal acts as the primary protection against environmental conditions, providing superior sealing and relegating fickle heat shrink boots to a secondary protective status.
The Navy’s CSGA meets stringent military standards (MIL-STD-1310H) but is still expected to cost approximately 1/10th that of current products. The design can also enable the repair and retrofitting of previous installations without expensive repair kits and the time-consuming process of pulling cables. The Navy’s solution weighs about 50% less than other products and offers outstanding pull-out resistance.
- Simple and Versatile: Simple to install and able to accommodate a broad range of cable and conduit sizes with a minimal number of CSGA sizes; for example, one CSGA unit size can accommodate approximately 55% of current shipboard applications, and two coupled sizes can accommodate more than 90% of current shipboard applications
- Robust: Polychloroprene inner seals are designed to be water tight and do not solely rely on difficult to install and easy to damage heat shrink boots; standard cable installations can exceed 300 lbs pull resistance, offering superior installation stability and safety
- Inexpensive: The Navy’s CSGA is expected to cost 1/10th as much as current products in new installations; design simplicity, extensive use of COTS components, and a focused reduction in the variety of the components lead to dramatically reduced total ownership costs
- Patents 8,562,361; 8,747,126; 9,054,433
- Technical design package available
- Potential for collaboration with Navy researchers