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.


See other System Integration products at

- Edited by Amanda McLeman, Control Engineering,

No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
A cool solution: Collaboration, chemistry leads to foundry coat product development; See the 2015 Product of the Year Finalists
Raising the standard: What's new with NFPA 70E; A global view of manufacturing; Maintenance data; Fit bearings properly
Sister act: Building on their father's legacy, a new generation moves Bales Metal Surface Solutions forward; Meet the 2015 Engineering Leaders Under 40
Cyber security cost-efficient for industrial control systems; Extracting full value from operational data; Managing cyber security risks
Drilling for Big Data: Managing the flow of information; Big data drilldown series: Challenge and opportunity; OT to IT: Creating a circle of improvement; Industry loses best workers, again
Pipeline vulnerabilities? Securing hydrocarbon transit; Predictive analytics hit the mainstream; Dirty pipelines decrease flow, production—pig your line; Ensuring pipeline physical and cyber security
Upgrading secondary control systems; Keeping enclosures conditioned; Diagnostics increase equipment uptime; Mechatronics simplifies machine design
Designing positive-energy buildings; Ensuring power quality; Complying with NFPA 110; Minimizing arc flash hazards
Building high availability into industrial computers; Of key metrics and myth busting; The truth about five common VFD myths

Annual Salary Survey

After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.

The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.

Read more: 2014 Salary Survey: Confidence rises amid the challenges

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.