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Rittal launches new push-in conductor connection clamp

Herborn, (PresseBox) - Wires and cables often have to be connected to copper busbars when manufacturing control gear and switchgear systems. The conventional approach is time-consuming and uses screw clamps or fixed conductor connection clamps. With a new generation of maintenance-free conductor connection clamps utilizing push-in technology, Rittal now offers the fastest method of easily and securely connecting conductors to busbars.

Push-in clamps have a whole host of advantages, including extremely quick and easy cable connection. The maintenance-free clamps can be used for many different types of conductors. Rittal has developed a new generation of conductor connection clamps so as to extend these benefits to busbar systems. This means panel builders and switchgear manufacturers will be able to connect cables and wires directly to busbars. The new push-in conductor connection clamps are available in two clamping ranges, 0.5 – 4 mm2 and 1.5 – 16 mm2, and for copper busbars 5 and 10 mm thick in each clamping range.

The push-in conductor connection clamps enable quick and easy attachment to the busbar. The stripped end of the conductor is connected to the busbar simply by pushing it into the clamping space. The initial benefits take effect as soon as the clamp is attached. For one thing, a separate spring mechanism holds the clamp in place on the busbar. For another, the spring optimises conductivity by removing oxide layers that have formed on the busbar. The integral contact block with its defined and raised contact points applies optimum contact pressure.

The second spring inside the clamp ensures secure clamping. Quick and easy insertion into the clamping space against the spring pressure is achieved for solid, multi-wire and ultrasonic welding conductors and also fine wire conductors with wire end ferrules. Designs with twin wire end ferrules can also be connected.

The new push-in conductor connection clamp can reduce potential defects such as incorrect compression/torques and clamp loosening. The maintenance-free design makes the system more reliable and cuts the costs of subsequent maintenance work.

The new push-in conductor connection clamp can be used for numerous applications, such as connecting protective and neutral conductors to busbars. Short circuit-resistant voltage taps on the copper bars of a main busbar system are a further area of use. It is also possible to make string distributors or distributor blocks with a large number of connector clamps for outgoing cables.

Thanks to its numerous UL and IEC certifications, the new conductor connection clamp can be used worldwide. This new development is also approved for use in maritime and offshore applications.

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Rittal GmbH & Co. KG

Rittal, headquartered in Herborn, Hesse, Germany, is a leading global provider of solutions for industrial enclosures, power distribution, climate control and IT infrastructure, as well as software and services.

Systems made by Rittal are deployed across a variety of industrial and IT applications, including vertical sectors such as the transport industry, power generation, mechanical and plant engineering, IT and telecommunications. Rittal is active worldwide with 9,300 employees and 58 subsidiaries. Its broad product range includes infrastructure solutions for modular and energy-efficient data centres with innovative concepts for the security of physical data and systems. Leading software providers Eplan and Cideon complement the value chain, providing interdisciplinary engineering solutions, while Rittal Automation Systems offers automation systems for switchgear construction.

Founded in Herborn in 1961, Rittal is the largest company in the Friedhelm Loh Group. The Friedhelm Loh Group operates worldwide with 18 production sites and 80 international subsidiaries. The entire group employs more than 11,300 people and generated revenues of around €2.2 billion in 2016. For the ninth time in succession, the family business has won the accolade "Top German Employer" in 2017. A Germany-wide survey by Focus Money magazine named Friedhelm Loh Group as one of the nation's top companies in terms of vocational training in 2017.

Further information can be found at www.rittal.com and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com.

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