Frequently Asked Questions

PAVE offers many technical answers to frequently asked questions about installation, designs, leak rates, and more

1. PAVE-Seal® and PAVE-Mate® Installation Instructions

2. Does the PAVE-Seal versions with insulated and stranded conductors have a much higher leak rate compared to the PAVE-Mate styles with solid pins?

3. What are the available circular connector contact or pin arrangements available as PAVE-Mate connectors that connect to MIL-Spec or commercial connectors?

4. Where can I find the PAVE-Mate connector pin and wire assembly instructions?

5. Can the customer order additional mating plugs or contacts for the PAVE-Mate series?

6. Do you have other PAVE-Mate connector pin arrangements not shown in the catalog, as well as all the contact arrangements lettering or numbering?

7. How do I find out what is available in existing PAVE designs?

8. How does PAVE seal PTFE, stranded, shielded wire?

9. How are the minimum seal length and the minimum outside diameter of the seal determined?

10. Where can I get help on retaining or snap ring design and usage?

11. Where can I find sources for available cables and their specifications that PAVE can seal?

12. Do you supply PAVE-Seal Wire Harnesses with the wire ends terminated with connectors?

13. Does the customer have to go through the local sales representative? Or can the customer contact PAVE Sales Engineering or place a Purchase Order directly to the Dayton, Ohio USA location?

14. I only need a very small quantity. How do I find our what PAVE stocks?

15. What type of leak rates are possible?

16. Can the customer supply PAVE their cable or connector to be sealed?

17. I do not need a hermetic seal, only environmental seal. Can PAVE provide a lower cost seal solution?

18. How do I order a fiber optic seal?

19. Does PAVE have an automotive quality report on PAVE products used on the 1995-97 Ford Explorer SUV in the electronic stability control suspension system?

20. Does PAVE have any test data from a recognized laboratory, such as NASA, that demonstrates that PAVE epoxy sealants have very low vacuum outgassing characteristics?

21. What does the -E- mean versus the -SS- description for the PAVE-Mate I connectors?

22. Where can I find technical help on o-rings?

23. Does PAVE offer welded junctions on its thermocouple hermetic wire seal products?

24. Do you have any current quality reports showing the strong performance, reliability and high quality of PAVE-Seals in large production volumes?

25. Are PAVE products bi-directional seals?

26. What are the recommended copper wire conductor gage or size or solid connector contact or pin sizes (AWG or mm diameter) based on the maximum amperage load or its duty cycle?

27. Besides meeting low emissions standards for small engine technology such as motorcycles what large engine applications use PAVE seals?

28. Are your wire seals and connectors compliant to RoHS specifications?

29. Does PAVE offer special cleanliness and packaging processes to further reduce any high vacuum outgassing?

30. Does PAVE offer special for high vacuum low outgassing connectors in its dual-sided PAVE-Mate I connector line?

31. Does PAVE have electrical test data on your SMA frequency characteristics?

32. Can PAVE supply the o-rings used on their products used without any silicone O-ring grease or lubricant material that might contaminate a high vacuum system sensitive to silicone?

33. What is the wire pull test specs?

34. Do PAVE-Seal wire harnesses seal to very low -100C or near cryogenic temperatures such as with LNG?

35. Does PAVE have any rigorous life cycle testing on its epoxy molded wire seals?

36. How do I determine amperage or current load capacity of a given size wire conductor or copper rod?

37. Does the PAVE-Seal epoxy resist strong solvents, acids, and other chemicals?

38. What is the PAVE-Seal epoxy Comparative Tracking Index or CTI used to measure the electrical breakdown (tracking) properties used for electrical safety assessment by Underwriters Laboratory?