The biggest reason is to help prevent wire corrosion. Why is this so important? Well, because corrosion is a BIG problem. Did you know that in 2002 the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released the results of their two year study on corrosion and the finding were nothing less than startling.
† From their study… “Results of the study show that the total annual estimated direct cost of corrosion in the U.S. is a staggering $276 billion—approximately 3.1% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It reveals that, although corrosion management has improved over the past several decades, the U.S. must ﬁnd more and better ways to encourage, support, and implement optimal corrosion control practices.”
The direct cost of corrosion in the transportation industry was estimated at $29.7 billion dollars per year. The breakdown was as follows:
- Motor vehicles – $23.4 billion – 79%
- Ships – $2.7 billion – 9%
- Aircraft – $2.2 billion – 7%
- HAZMAT transportation – $0.9 billion – 3%
- Railroad cars – $0.5 billion – 2%
Using a sealed, heat shrink connector is your best defense against the expensive damage corrosion can cause to your electrical system. Please visit http://www.nspa.com to learn more about our Sealed Electrical System and Heat Shrink Connectors.
† You can find the whole study here. http://www.nace.org/uploadedFiles/Publications/ccsupp.pdf