Hazardous area connectors rated to 1500A

21st February 2013

Amphenol Industrial Operations is introducing RoHS-compliant rugged connectors that are rated for up to 1500A in power applications. These versatile Star-Line EX connectors are certified for use in Zone 1-llc hazardous environments and are suitable for applications in harsh environments, such as wind farms and oil/gas exploration, as well as industrial manufacturing and processing.

Star-Line EX electrical connectors provide electrical, design and instrumentation engineers with a fast and safe interconnection to modular equipment. They come with solder, crimp or pressure terminals, thereby eliminating the need for hard wiring to terminal blocks enclosed in junction boxes. They also offer significant time/cost savings during equipment installation or tear-down. In addition to stainless steel or brass casings, the Star-Line EX series is also available with a lightweight aluminium casing that is precision-machined from high-strength bar stock and finished with a hard-anodised coating to 40 points on the Rockwell C scale.

The Star-Line EX connectors feature a dielectric strength of 1800V and heat resistance up to 399 degrees C. Furthermore, Amphenol offers what it claims to be the industry's most extensive range of interchangeable and reversible backshell arrangements and contact inserts, including power (up to 1500A at 1000V), signal (up to 143 contacts) and mixed power and control configurations. The copper contacts are silver plated as standard but the option for gold plating is available.

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