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PRODUCT FOCUS CONNECTORS


WIRE-TO-BOARD CONNECTIONS


Available from Molex, the CLIK-Mate 1.50mm Wire-to-Board Connector System offers a variety of circuit sizes, mounting styles and wire gauges to meet next-generation power and signal needs. In addition to the original top-mount


options, the CLIK-Mate 1.50mm family now includes a bottom-entry version, providing capabilities for multiple applications that require the mating configuration to come from underneath – such as solid-state lighting; gaming machines; LCD televisions; desktop PCs; servers, hubs and routers; factory automation equipment; medical equipment and automotive infotainment devices. According to the company, the device offers approximately a 30% smaller footprint versus similar 2.00mm pitch versions, yet it still meets the same signal and power requirements, making it an ideal bridge between CLIK-Mate 1.25mm and CLIK-Mate 2.0mm. It also provides mating assurance thanks to features including dual inner positive locks with an audible click, a user-friendly thumb-latch for easy insertion/extraction and windows that provide visual confirmation of locking. Without a bottom-entry option the


wiring has to go around the PCB, making it more costly and difficult to assemble, explained Goji Tanabe, product manager at Molex. “The CLIK-Mate 1.50mm bottom-entry option allows more direct mating access compared to traditional right-angle types for space savings and simplified assembly,” he added.


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MEETING SOLAR ENERGY DEMANDS


New from Multi-Contact is the high performance MC4-EVO AC, a three pole AC connector developed for use with micro or nano inverters at the PV module level. Thanks to their low profile design, these can be installed within the module framework, allowing modules to be stacked without the need for spacers. The MC4 contact system produces low contact resistance


with snap-in locking, making it quick to install, and offering proven reliability in all climates. It also has a high current carrying capacity of up to 32A. Also available from the company is the MC4-EVO 2, which


minimises power losses due to its high current carrying capacity, and the MC4-EVO 3 connector. Pre-assembled with cables with cross-sections between 1.5 and 6mm2


and between 40 and 200cm


in length, these rugged connectors are rated for currents up to 30A and voltages up to 1000Vdc. These have environmental protection to IP65 and IP67 when mated, and IP2X unmated. The connectors will be on display at the Solar Energy UK


exhibition at the NEC in October. Multi-Contact


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To meet the demand for high-quality connectivity solutions in application areas with explosion protection requirements – such as in mining and the chemical and process automation industries – HARTING has introduced the Han Ex range of connectors. Designed to meet the intrinsic safety requirements for ignition protection class in explosion hazard areas classed as 1 and 2, the product portfolio offers complete connector systems consisting of housings and inserts, including housings made from an alloy that can be used in pulverised methane-coal dust atmospheres. They also offer ignition protection class 65 in the mated condition. The housing’s blue colour indicates that an intrinsically safe circuit is present. The contact inserts provide a high number of pins and meet the standards of the ignition protection class even in the tightest of spaces, while the termination is based on HARTING’s patented Han-Quick Lock technology. The company’s crimp technology can also be selected as the termination method, allowing the connection of wires with cross-sections from 0.14 to 2.5mm2


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CONNECTOR HOUSINGS


The HEAVYCON EVO connector housing is now available from Phoenix Contact for the 30mm wide D series. The cable glands with bayonet


locking in M20 and M25 enable not only the lateral but also the direct cable outlet direction with just one housing. These also have IP65/66 protection. The HC-A10 and HC-A16 screw contact inserts, and the HC-D15 and HC-D25 compact crimp contact inserts, fit in the D series connector housing. These provide mechanical stability for harsh industrial use. Although the housings are


individual products, they can also be delivered as complete connector sets.


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WEATHERPROOF SOLUTIONS LIGHT UP THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL


During the Cannes Film Festival, many of the seafront apartments are converted into offices with large advertising displays placed on the terraces. Companies then light these up for display during the night. Team Air Express designs and builds the lighting rigs, transports them to the event, and then assembles and installs the lighting. Some of the displays require up to 20 individual


spotlights, and they all have to run from the domestic sockets that are installed in the apartments. In addition, due to the weather in May, these have to be able to withstand heavy rain. As the company has less than a week to set


up all of the rigs once they arrive in Cannes, they needed an easy to install, reliable and weatherproof solution, so turned to Hylec-APL for a solution. The company suggested a product from the Teebox (TH630/TH631)


power distribution range of connectors. The distribution connector features a ‘1 in, 2 out’, T design, which is suitable for daisy chaining


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multiple lights from a single power source. The distribution connector is extremely compact, quick to install and doesn’t rely on silicone gel to guarantee the protection. The distribution hub and associated cable connectors are manufactured from tough polyamide; and the cable entry points on each connector are protected thanks to a dome topped cable gland with high integrity TPE-V seals. Each connector is keyway protected and has a double O ring seal. These features prevent incorrect connector assembly to the hub and ensure the IP rating once the locking ring is securely closed. The compact design not only improves the aesthetics of the lighting rig once assembled, but


it also helps to reduce the volume of the solution during transportation. Hylec-APL


www.Hylec-APL.com


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