Explosion-proof plugs, receptacles upgraded to 150 A
These plugs and receptacles are now available in 150-A versions. Said to be the first of their kind, the upgrades are intended to fulfill the need to supply power over long runs to industrial equipment rated at around 100 A.
The Powertite explosion-proof plug and receptacle and the explosion-proof EBR receptacle are now available in 150-A versions. Said to be the first of their kind, the upgrades are intended to fulfill the need to supply power over long runs to industrial equipment rated at around 100 A. This eliminates the risk of overdriving or drawing excessive current beyond the maximum continuous rating on a piece of equipment, which can lead to additional maintenance costs.
Other upgraded features include arc-snuffing chambers, multiple grounding styles and positive polarization to prevent dangerous matching of dissimilar amperages. The plugs and receptacles are UL Listed, CSA Certified and rated NEMA 4X. They are approved for use in Class 1, Div 1 and 2 hazardous locations, such as petrochemical plants, petroleum refineries, paint and chemical factories and other areas where ignitable vapors or gases are present.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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