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Cliff’s FeedThrough connectors and accessories now supplied in a pre-assembled rack panel

09 March 2020

Cliff Electronics have developed a range of FeedThrough (FT) and conventional connectors designed to be mounted in the industry standard 24mm-diameter XLR panel cut-out.

With over 20 different connector types now available in this standard format, panel design and manufacture is greatly simplified. Cliff’s FeedThrough connector design allows standard, off the shelf cables to be used for internal connectivity further simplifying assembly.

Cliff’s FeedThrough connector range allows designers to integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast (studio and mobile), lighting, audio, industrial applications, instrumentation and control connectivity.

To further aid product designers and systems integrators, Cliff can now supply 1U x 19” rack panels preassembled with up to 16 connectors to meet the end system’s requirements. Specifying preassembled connector panels assists systems integrators by simplifying and speeding up assembly time while reducing component count and cost. Cliff’s rack panels feature a connector labelling strip located on the front and a cable strain-relief bar is fitted at the rear to secure internal wiring against strain and vibration.

The most popular connectors in Cliff’s FeedThrough range are CAT 5e RJ45, CAT 5e Shielded RJ45, CAT 6 RJ45, CAT 6 Shielded RJ45, HDMI Female – Female, USB 3.0 A-A, USB 2.0 B-A and USB 2.0 A-A. All widely used in data and audio-visual applications.

A range of dust covers are now available to protect unused connectors from the ingress of dust. Push-in types in black or white may be used with RJ45 connectors and gasket style versions in red, black and blue are suitable for the rest of the connector range. 

Preassembled rack panels available from Cliff feature 16 of its FeedThrough connectors each and are available with 8 male and 8 female 3-pin front mounted XLR sockets as well as in the following configurations: 50O, 75O and 75O gold insulated BNC, CAT6 RJ45 and CAT6A, HDMI A to HDMI A, USB2 A to USB2 B and USB2 B to USB2 A. Fibre Optic connector types ST / BFOC, LC duplex SM and LC duplex MM. Two other non-Feedthrough versions are mounted with XLR 3DCM and XLR 3DCF connectors.

Cliff rack panels may also be supplied without connectors for end users to mount their own single or mix of connector types. Any connector with the standard 24mm-diameter XLR panel cut-out may be fitted. 

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments; “As applications for pre-assembled rack panels continue to grow, we increase our understanding of the market and can improve our products and customer service. We are seeing increased popularity in certain FeedThrough connector types which helps us tailor our range to best serve our customers. We are always happy to respond to individual customer requirements and our pre-assembled connector rack panels, whether audio, fibre-optic, power or USB, offer systems integrators fast and convenient system assembly.”

The complete range of standard and FeedThrough connectors available from Cliff may be found on its website at https://www.cliffuk.co.uk/products/feedthrough/index.htm and are available from major international distributors.


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