Category Archives: Connectors (couplers, power modules, IEC inlets)

Hylec Products Review

Best-Selling Debox In-Line Tool-Free Cable Junction Box, Waterproof Connectors, Enclosures, PCB Hardware and More

Hylec-APL is a market leader in the manufacture and supply of electrical and electro-mechanical components to major OEMs and CEMs, wholesalers, and specialist & catalogue distributors. Hylec-APL’s innovative, extensive and patented product portfolio includes Debox in-line junction boxes, isolator switches, enclosures (stainless steel, steel & ABS), water and weatherproof connectors, cable glands, terminal blocks, fuse holders and many others marketed under the brand names Debox and Hylec. A British company established for over 30 years, Hylec-APL is focussed on developing strong, long-term business partnerships with its customers, distributors, wholesalers and partners through its all-pervasive service culture, an active and knowledgeable field sales force, and a large inventory of available parts.

Hylec Debox S and SL make installers and contractors’ lives easier and save hours of installation time by including everything installers need to join flat or round profile cables, including a UL and VDE-approved 4-pole terminal block. On a typical commercial lighting project, saving a few minutes on each cable join means speedier overall installation and lower costs.

Hylec weather and waterproof electrical connectors that have been used in some interesting projects, including re- illuminating Blackfriars Bridge in London and Pavegen flooring technology which converts kinetic energy from footsteps into off-grid electricity and has been used in public outdoor locations around the world. The TeeTube range includes the IP68/IP69K TH381 Series micro connector, only 14mm in diameter, ideal for outdoor lighting applications, such as architectural lighting, street lighting, underwater lighting, illumination of road signs and billboards and the connection of interior and exterior Class 2 electrical devices.

Hylec’s range of PCB terminal blocks and fuse holders probably boast the best quality/price ratio currently on the market. This year’s new additions include the new screwless push wire TLM Series in multiple pitches to optimize board design, as will pillar terminal blocks and high temperature terminal blocks.

Enclosures are another product area that Hylec has years of expertise in designing and marketing inlcuding the IP-66-rated DN junction box enclosures that include a 35mm DIN rail and mounting screws for simpler mounting of terminal blocks, relays and connectors. The DN range carries multiple slots for vertical PCB mounting, making this product an excellent and flexible choice for both electrical and electronic applications, as it is totally dust tight and provides protection against water jets, waves and rain. This exceptional robustness also extends to meet the IK08 impact standard.

 

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Shurter 4710-5 Series, 16 A IEC Appliance Outlet Type J for Intelligent PDUs and UPSs

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* Integrated light pipes for status indication
* IDC terminals for quick assembly
* V-Lock cord retention
* Color coding for easy identification in multiphase systems

With the appliance outlets of the 4710-5 series, SCHURTER launches the logical evolutionary step to the successful 4710 – with a clear plus in functionality for status indication.

The new 16 A appliance outlet series 4710-5 offers precisely fitted, integrated guides for light pipes. Up to four light pipes can be used to channel LED light from the circuit board. The feature provides a space and cost saving approach to status indication in PDUs, which are used to signal the equipment technician regarding system status. The operation of the LEDs is freely configurable. To ensure proper application, the light pipes must be ordered as an accessory and should only be inserted into the power distribution unit after the sockets have been mounted and wired.

The use of IDC terminals is particularly efficient. Several outlets can be wired quickly and reliably in a single process step. This highly efficient form of wiring significant reduces assembly time and cost. For individual power supply and status indication, the phase contact is designed as a PCB connection. On request, this terminal can also be offered as quick connect or solder terminal. SCHURTER offers the 4710-5 outlets in black, white and grey for multiphase distinction.

The 4710-5 series is available in two versions: “along” and “cross” to the pin axis. Selection depends on the design of the PDU and the arrangement of the outlets, vertically (along) or horizontally (cross) one behind the other, thereby properly orienting the wires to the direction of the strip. To avoid unintentional power cord disconnection, the new outlets offer the V-Lock cord retention system. The snap-in mounting of the 4710-5 is designed for panel thicknesses of 1.0 to 3.0 mm. Standard versions are available in 1.5 and 2.0 mm.

Technical Data / Approvals
* Appliance outlet Type J (C19) acc. IEC 60320
* IEC/EN 16 A / 250 VAC; 50 Hz
* UL/CSA 20 A / 250 VAC; 60 Hz
* IDC-Terminals for cross sections 10 AWG/6.0 mm2, 12 AWG/4.0 mm2, 2.5 mm2
* Wire arrangement „Cross“ and „Along“ to the outlet contacts
* Snap-in mounting for panel thickness from 1.0 to 3.0 mm
* IP Protection: From front IP 20 acc. IEC 60529
* Insulation protection class I acc. IEC 61140

Application
With its unprecedented functionality and compact design, the new appliance outlet 4710-5 is optimal for intelligent appliances with multiple outlets, such as intelligent PDUs and UPSs used in data centers.

 

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Bulgin’s New X Code Additions for the M12 Range

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With a high degree of mechanical and electrical stability, Bulgin’s M12 X Code connectors provide a cost effective and flexible connectivity solution for onsite installations – helping to decrease downtime in process control, manufacturing automation and industrial instrumentation applications.

Key Features:
*  Maximum Data Signal Rate 10Gbit/s
*  – 25 °C to 85 °C Temperature Range
*  Water and dust proof (IP67)
*  8 Pin or Socket
*  Cat 6a cables

Choice of Terminations:

 

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Schurter Type DD12 Compact Power Entry Module with Filter

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* Very compact design
* Various mounting options
* Variants with ground choke
* V-Lock cord retention
* Fuseholder meets latest IEC standard#

Schurter extends its successful power entry module series DD12 with new variants for screw and snap mounting. New versions are also available with additional ground choke for suppressing high-frequency interference on the ground conductor. The DD12 with fuse holder, switch and filter offers remarkable functionality in a very compact housing.

The DD12 filter series combines an IEC C14 appliance plug with a 1- or 2-pole fuse holder, a 1- or 2-pole switch and a high-quality mains filter. The particularly wide metal flange (horizontal or vertical) make contact with the housing surface over a large area and thus enables an optimum filter and shielding effect.

Ground Choke
The DD12 series is now available with a ground choke. In addition to the current-compensated choke on the pole and neutral conductor, the line filters have a second choke on the earth conductor. The ground choke is located between the device plug and the filter output. Placing the filter directly at the mains input ensures that possible high-frequency interference currents on the earth conductor cannot bypass the filter via the housing. The versions with medical filters (no Y capacitors) especially benefit from improved asymmetrical attenuation in the higher frequency range due to the earth line choke.

Applications
The DD12 series is available with standard or medical filter. It is suitable for use in devices that require a particularly high immunity to interference. These include IT or telecom systems according to IEC 90650-1 and medical devices according to IEC 60601-1.

The series meets the new fuseholder requirements outlined in IEC 60127-6 for enhanced fire safety and is also suitable for use in home appliances according to IEC 60335-1. It is compatible with V-Lock retaining cordsets.  The DD12 series is certified for currents up to 10 A/250 VAC according to IEC standard and 8 A according to UL/CSA standard at 125/250 VAC. It is ENEC and cURus approved.

 

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Bulgin – What Makes a Harsh Environment Connector?

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Bulgin’s Popular Buccaneer Range is an Excellent Example of IP66, IP67, IP68 and IP69K Rated Environmentally Sealed Circular Connectors.

There is a growing demand for power, signal and data to be made available just about everywhere we look – even in the most extreme types of environments. This means that the cables providing connectivity to these technological components have to work reliably under tough conditions – on automated factory floors, inside heavy machinery, exposed to outdoor elements or even underwater. One of the most common points for potential damage in any electrical system is any place where these cables get plugged in – the connectors.

So what’s the difference between a normal connector and a harsh connector?

Harsh connectors are expertly designed for extreme environments where technology is being pushed to new frontiers.

Some of the main elements that rugged electrical connectors will protect against include:

Water – this includes rain, water vapour, and possible water submersion.
Dust – industrial and outdoor environments often contain a lot of dust or dirt, which can be harmful to electrical systems.
Extreme temperatures – very low or high temperatures can be detrimental to technology.
Explosive environments – ATEX zones are work areas that could be potentially explosive because of the presence of dangerous substances in the form of combustible dust, gas, vapour or mist.
Rough handling – some connectors need to be mated and unmated multiple times in a day, often hurriedly, which increases the risk of wear and tear on the connector. Connectors being dropped or dragged along hard surfaces can also cause damage to the components inside the connector and affect the integrity of power, signal or data connections being passed through the cable.
Pressure – power, data and fibre optics are needed in aircraft, in space and even at the bottom of the ocean, where pressures can reach up to 9,000 pounds per square inch.
Salinity – the high salt content of water and air in coastal and marine environments can cause corrosion and calcareous growth. The correct material selection is therefore vital to ensure the maximum lifecycle of technology components used in coastal and marine environments.

Key features of a harsh environment connector:
IP rating – depending on the application, harsh connectors should have Ingress Protection (IP) Ratings of IP67 (protection from dust and immersion between 15cm – 1m), IP68 (protection from dust and long-term immersion up to a specified depth) or IP69K (protection from dust, close-range high pressure and high temperature spray downs). IP69K is ideal for applications in the food processing and medical industries, where equipment must be regularly sanitised.
Locking/coupling mechanisms – a robust coupling mechanism is a must for harsh connectors. There are many different types of connector couplings, including ring, twist locking, threaded, bayonet, push-pull and quick disconnect couplings, all with different attributes for various types of applications.
Housing and insulation – the type of material the connector is made of is an equally important consideration. For applications where the connector is likely to be exposed to extremes of temperature and plenty of moisture and dust, a corrosion-resistant metal housing may be the most appropriate option. For other uses requiring lightweight and flexible connectors, high-temperature resistant plastic composites may be more attractive. Overmoulded cable versions are also sometimes available as an option where it is not a requirement for the unit to be re-terminated.
Seals & grommets – rubbery seals can be used inside the coupling for keeping the connection tightly in place and watertight.

The shape of the connector, thread pattern or mating mechanism and positioning of pins also play an important role in the creation of a truly rugged and reliable connector. Circular connectors allow for better ease of engagement and disengagement as well as capacity for a wider variety of contacts and voltages. Circular connectors are also easier to seal and less likely to wear or break, and an intelligent ‘scoop proof’ design can avoid damage to the pins if the connector is mis-mated.

Bulgin’s popular Buccaneer range is an excellent example of IP66, IP67, IP68 and IP69K rated environmentally sealed circular connectors. These secure, rugged and highly reliable connectors can be used in harsh or hostile environments and offer a wide choice of options from 2 to 32 poles with screw, solder or crimp terminations as well as USB, SMB & RJ45 options for data to solve any type of design requirement.

 

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Schurter Type DG11: IEC Appliance Inlet C14/C18 with Circuit Breaker TA35

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* Elevated IP protection from IP40 up to IP67
* Recessed rocker prevents accidental manipulation
* Wide range of mounting options
* V-Lock cord retention

With the DG11, Schurter launches a variably mountable IEC appliance inlet with integrated device protection switch TA35 for a variety of applications requiring, among other things, increased IP protection.

The DG11 represents a logical evolution of the proven and widely used Schurter 6135 power entry module. It combines the advantages of the already introduced DF11 with a particularly compact design.

Wide Range of Mounting Options
The new DG11 is available for almost every mounting variant with snap or screw mounting. The latter can be done in front mount or rear mount version. In addition, holes for the screws are available in either a vertical or horizontal arrangement.

TA35: Wide Assortment
The DG11 includes a 2 pole TA35 circuit breaker which provides the function of a device switch as well as thermal overcurrent protection. The thermal overprotection can be done with bimetal mechanism for only one or two poles and is available in finely graduated rated currents from 0.05 A to   16 A. The rocker switch is available illuminated or unilluminated in a variety of colors and markings.

IP Protection
In addition to the IP40 protection in all versions, the DG11 is available in a version with IP67 opposite the device. The use of the device in harsh dust or splash water environments is ensured by a protective cover for the circuit breaker as well as sealing beads and four sealing screws for tight fastening of the base.

Cord Retention
The V-Lock cord retention system can be plugged in to IEC 60320 at 10 A and 16 A. With the V-Lock system the power connector is equipped with a latch that interlocks with a special notch in the inlet and thus reliably prevents the cord from being pulled out.

Technical Data / Approvals
* Ratings IEC/CCC 10 A / 250 VAC; 50 Hz
* Ratings UL/CSA 15 A / 250 VAC; 60 Hz
* Dielectric Strength
> 2.5 kVAC between L-N (1 min/50 Hz)
> 3 kVAC between L/N-PE (1 min/50 Hz)
* Allowable Operating Temperature: -25 °C to 60 °C
* Suitable for appliances with the protection class I or II acc. IEC 61140
* Terminals: Quick Connect 6.3 x 0.8 mm
* IP Protection from front: IP40 or IP67 acc. IEC 60529
* Snap in mount for panel thickness from 1.0 up to 3.0 mm
* Screw on mounting for IP40 variants excludes screws and nuts (recommended torque 0.25 Nm)
* Screw on mounting for IP67 variants include sealing special screws. Screw nuts are not included (recommended torque 0.25 Nm)

Applications
Witch thempact form factor and the broad functionality, the DG11 is ideal various industrial appliances. Specially well suited are appliances for medical or laboratory use, such as shaking water baths ultrasonic cleaners, overhead stirrers and many more. Here the variant with IP67 is specially well suited, as it can cope with sterile environments.

 

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Adaptaflex Flexible Conduit Systems – Protection for Critical Power and Data Cabling

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Adaptaflex is one of the market leading flexible conduit system brands that can be found all over the world. Combining innovation design with dedicate manufacture it offers customers one of the world’s broadest ranges of cable protection products and solutions. With a choice of over 6000 products the range covers metallic and non-metallic flexible conduit systems for the protection of critical power and data cable.

The system solutions from Adaptaflex need to perform in a wide variety of environments from high temperature to freezing subzero conditions. The products are designed and tested to withstand constant vibrations, water ingress, offer corrosion resistance and are available in halogen free, low smoke and low toxicity materials. An extensive range of engineered solutions are designed to withstand the rigours of some of the most technically demanding markets. So whatever your project involved our experience will provide the answer helping you to specify the correct flexible conduit system.

Markets and Industries

Adaptaflex flexible conduit systems are used to protect critical power and data cabling throughout a wide range of markets including:
– Commercial Contracting
– Machinery
– Rail / Infrastructure
– Marine
– Mechanical
– Security / CCTV
– Data Cabling
– Critical Power

Our products are designed and engineered to meet a variety of market application requirements, providing product innovation, saving installation and component costs, improving the quality and the integrity of the end product.

Quality Approvals

The company’s commitment to independent testing across a wide range of applications has led to an impressive range of certifications and quality approvals:
– BSI Kitemark
– BS EN ISO14001 Environmental standard
– IEC 61386 Conduit standard covering the performance characteristics of flexible conduits
– IP69, DIN 40050, standard with its Adaptalok range of non-metallic fittings
– Offer non-metallic conduit that is fully compliant to the new dual listed UL1696 standard. Required for any equipment destined for export to the USA and Canada
– The Hi-Spec PEEK range, designed for the most demanding electrical applications in rail infrastructure, underground and public buildings, is the only non-metallic flexible conduit system fully compliant with both BS 6853 Class 1A requirement and LUL engineering standard 1-085

 

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Schurter – Two Are Better Than One

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More and more devices on the power grid must function smoothly without interfering with each other. Not so easy, since switching power supplies and highly clocked integrated circuits are used in almost all electronic devices. EMC filters can help here. Where necessary in multi-stage design.

In practice, it is quite possible that the attenuation is not yet sufficient despite the use of a filter. In such cases, several filter stages optimized for the specific interference signals are then connected in series. Which in interaction significantly improve attenuation in both differential and common-mode interference. Usually you get very good results with a doublestage filter. However, triple-stage filters are also conceivable, feasible and available.

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Two Are Better Than One

 

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Schurter IEC Appliance Filter Series C20F

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C20F IEC appliance filter with V-Lock cord retention and enhanced glow wire resistance as standard features.

The IEC appliance filter series C20F in the mounting version screw front side are now equipped as standard with the V-Lock cord retention feature and are made of new material, whereby the components meet the increased glow wire tests according to IEC 60127-6 Edition 2 and IEC 60335-1 for appliances in unattended use.

 

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Bulgin 4000 Series Fiber Range

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The 4000 series optical connector is one of the smallest harsh environment optical connectors. Featuring a secure quick twist bayonet connection, giving durable mechanical mating.

As the smallest rugged optical connector available on the market, the 4000 Series Fibre Simplex connector is ideal for outdoor broadcast, FTTX (fibre to the x), server room engineering, civil engineering, marine, aviation and rail applications. The connector’s small form factor is particularly useful where installation space is limited or multiple connectors need to be accommodated.

Featuring a secure quick twist (30°) bayonet connection, the 4000 Series Fibre Simplex connector accommodates durable mechanical mating. Its industry standard LC interfaces (IEC 61754-20) features colour coded O-rings and washers for ease of identification. Mounting body options include Flex, Flex In-Line, and Rear Panel styles.

 

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