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Explosion-protected connectors enable continuous communications via Ethernet and USB

13 August 2010

A range of connectors that enables continuous, uninterrupted Ethernet and USB-based communications in hazardous environments has been launched by Cooper Crouse Hinds. The new explosion protected eXLink Ethernet and eXLink USB connectors ensure a continuous communications infrastructure is maintained across all levels of the production plant hierarchy. With the new connector system, powerful Ethernet-based communication systems can now be used in hazardous areas. This means that companies can install and use the latest IT and communications infrastructures whilst still fulfilling all the necessary explosion protection regulations and standards.

The eXLink range includes connectors, plugs, receptacles, inlets and elbows, which can be used for any instrumentation device or electrical apparatus. eXLink plug connectors are used to connect and disconnect electrical equipment in hazardous environments - including actuators, motors, submerged pumps, liquid level sensors, floating switches – quickly, without compromising the safety or integrity of the electrical installation. The connectors allow users to maintain apparatus on a proactive or predictive basis, without using special tools and without having to isolate the apparatus from the mains or disconnect the terminals.

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