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UK design and manufacture secures connector supply chain

08 April 2020

Innovation is key to UK connector company’s continued growth.

UK-designed and manufactured connectors from Cliff Electronics
UK-designed and manufactured connectors from Cliff Electronics

Cliff supplies cost-effective and high-reliability connectors to OEMs and System Integrators around the world. It serves several markets, including broadcast and professional audio, medical, industrial, building automation, video installations, instrumentation and test and measurement

Key UK-manufactured products include terminal posts, jack sockets and its range of XLR footprint FeedThrough connectors.

Cliff terminal posts are widely used in audio, test and measurement and for connections on power supplies. Standard options include a choice of colours, either two or three stud lengths and different terminations, various mounting hardware options, metal parts are nickel-plated as standard with gold to special order, and an antimagnetic no-nickel version of TP60 terminal is available. “Y” versions have either sealed top 4mm hole or can be supplied with a coloured bung.

Cliff has a range of professional quality industry-standard ¼” Jack Sockets which are available for PCB or through-panel mounting and with a nylon or rugged metal threaded metal “nose” – which offers secure connection of locking plugs and grounding to system chassis. The socket body is made from durable nylon for superior performance and in a variety of styles, including offset nose, vertical, mini and stackjack to facilitate panel design. A number of switching options are available for designers to incorporate into their systems.
Cliff’s fastest-growing product range is its XLR-Format Feedthrough connectors which offer a range of audio, video and data connectivity in the industry standard 24mm diameter XLR connector panel cutout. 

The standard format offers designers simplified panel layout and manufacture and the FT Series offers true feed-through connection. This allows standard cabling to be used to connect at both front and rear, eliminating the need to solder or terminate the connections and simplifying and speeding up assembly. 

Models in the Cliff FT range now include Firewire, HDMI A-A female to female and 50 & 75 ohm including 75 ohm 12 GHz gold plated BNC versions, USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A “gender change” sockets, high speed USB Type – C, USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations – A-A, A-B and B-A. Also available are all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (Duplex & Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), Toslink, RCA Phono, dust caps and blanking plates.

Cliff FT connectors are available in plastic or rugged zinc/nickel XLR housings finished in nickel or black and may be front or rear mounted to control panels. The Firewire and HDMI models may be specified with an optional socket sealing cover to prevent the ingress of dust when not in use or when in transit.

John Hall, General Manager of Cliff Electronics, comments “with our UK Design and Manufacturing we can respond to changing market requirements quickly and provide cost effective solutions for our customers. We have a huge range of connectivity solutions for a wide range of markets in stock ready for immediate dispatch and our customers can rely on direct shipping and our extensive global distribution network.”

Cliff Electronics is involved in the design, development and manufacture of connectors, leads, test lead sets and accessories for a range of markets and supply major international OEMs. Cliff manufactures audio, optical and power connectors and accessories, general industrial connectors, foot pedals, lighting connectors, terminal posts and connection blocks, motors, fans and assembly aids. Cliff can also provide a wide range of leads, including test and instrumentation, audio, instrument and power.

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