Thursday, January 21, 2010

Amphe-EX Connectors For Hazardous Areas

PEI-Genesis has expanded the range of products it stocks from Amphenol Operations to include the Amphe-EX series of Atex-approved, multi-pin hazardous area connectors. With its inventory of connector piece-parts and automated assembly machines, PEI-Genesis said it is able to assemble, test and despatch the Amphe-EX connectors in less than 48 hours from receipt of order.

Designed for use in harsh environments, such as those associated with oil and gas exploration, petrochemical plants and fuel storage sites, Amphe-EX is a versatile miniature connector that accepts copper, co-axial or fibre-optic contacts. The connectors can also be specified with RJ45 or USB inserts for applications such as data acquisition, process control, communications systems and embedded computers.

The Amphe-EX connectors feature machined aluminium components plated with a hard anodic coating for superior resistance to heat, corrosion and scratching - this enables the connectors to withstand extreme environments. They utilise a double-lead threaded coupling and are IP68-rated to provide maximum protection against the ingress of dust and fluids. Available connector styles include in-line receptacles, panel-mount receptacles and straight plugs - all of which come in a choice of seven shell sizes ranging from nine to 21.

The connectors can be specified with crimp contacts in five sizes from 22D to 10, and the range offers a variety of insert patterns. All Amphe-EX connectors are Atex, AEX and IEC certified for Zone 1 rated applications and flameproof compliant to EN60079-0 and EN60079-1.

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