Multi-wire connectors protect against dirt, stress in industrial environments

AutomationDirect's ZIPport product line has been expanded to include heavy duty multi-wire connectors to protect against dirt, moisture and mechanical stress.


AutomationDirect has expanded its ZIPport product line to include the standard series multi-wire connectors. The heavy duty connectors are designed to maintain reliable electrical connections while providing protection against dirt, moisture and mechanical stress common in industrial environments.

Available in five frame sizes (3A, 6B, 10B, 16B and 24B), heavy-duty metal housings are constructed of polyester powder coated die-cast aluminum alloy. Self-extinguishing thermoplastic housings are also available in the 3A frame size. Connector hoods are available with top entry and side entry cable passages. All housings are available in a standard profile; several are offered with a high construction profile to allow more room for wiring higher density inserts. All housings feature Pg threaded cable passages; optional Pg thread to NPT adapters are available. A single or double lever locking system assures coupling stability and protection against accidental opening.

ZIPport multi-wire connectors require one male and one female insert. The inserts, suitable for use with alternating (ac) or direct current (dc), are available in multiple pole configurations from 3 poles plus ground up to 108 poles plus ground and with termination sizes ranging from 14 to 5 AWG; units are rated for 10 to 80 amps. ZIPport inserts are made of UL 94 V-0 rated self-extinguishing thermoplastic resin rated at a maximum temperature of 125 °C (257 °F). The inserts are available in screw terminal and crimp style contact block connections. The contacts are copper alloy with hard silver plating. The plastic insulators are numbered on both sides by laser printing or molding in accordance with EN 60068-2-70.


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