Connectors simplify panel building and system integration

18th January 2017
Posted By : Anna Flockett
Connectors simplify panel building and system integration

A 1U 19” rack mounting panel has been introduced by Cliff Electronics, to aid system builders with integration of the range of XLR-Format FeedThrough connectors. The panel has a black anodised finish and will accept 16 FeedThrough connectors and features a labelling strip for end users to identify the function or individual connectors. The panel is also fitted with a strain-relief bar for tying internal cables to, relieving pressure on internal cable assemblies and improving system reliability.

Cliff’s Feedthrough connectors provide a range of digital, optical and analogue available to system builders. The range now includes Firewire, HDMI A-A and 50 ohm 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 and Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates. Further options will continue to be introduced throughout 2017 and custom design enquiries are welcomed.

Cliff’s very extensive FT connector range is designed to fit into the industry standard 24mm diameter XLR connector panel cut out simplifying panel design and manufacture and improving design aesthetics.

Models are available with plastic or rugged zinc/nickel XLR housings finished in nickel or black to enhance the high quality, high performance and prestige image of the product range. All models may be front or rear mounted to control panels and 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, commented: “The introduction of our new FeedThrough connector mounting panel enables us to supply system builders with a complete panel mounting interconnection system. Demand for our FT connectors continues to grow and we are being asked to support more applications on a regular basis.”

Hall continued: “The industry standard XL format speeds up our development time and allows our customers to simplify and standardise their panel design, improving flexibility and reducing cost.  Our FeedThrough connecters are being employed in our traditional audio broadcast market and many more applications in instrumentation and industrial markets where our ability to provide custom solutions is welcomed.”

The FT connector range allows designers to integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast, lighting, audio, home theatre, automation, solar power and a growing range of industrial applications including instrumentation, industrial control and data acquisition.

All versions, metal and plastic, share the same features and dimensions and offer a complete range of very cost effective audio, data, and fibre connectors, all of which can both front or rear mounted into industry standard 24mm XLR connector mounting holes. For ease of assembly the Cliff FT Series are available with standard or countersunk mounting holes. Bezels are available in seven colours to identify the function of FT connectors when fitted to a control panel

The FT Series offers true feed-through connection, allowing 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.


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