Cables/Connecting

DIN-rail mounting terminal blocks enable quick connections

10th May 2017
Alice Matthews

Provider of performance engineered interconnection and enclosures, CamdenBoss, has launched a new range of high quality rising clamp DIN-rail mounting terminal blocks that provide a quick and effective means of making pluggable connections into DIN-rail enclosures while saving valuable PCB real estate inside the enclosure. With the growth of electronics and electrical applications making use of DIN-rail mounting systems, the need for inventive interconnection solutions is greater than ever.

Traditionally, connections to units mounted on a DIN-rail would be made using PCB mounted terminal blocks or by DIN-rail mounted terminations. In systems where connections are made to DIN-rail systems that require periodic disconnection (e.g. for replacement, maintenance or updating purposes), this has previously required PCB or chassis mounted pluggable terminal blocks to be housed within the DIN-rail enclosure eating into precious space and PCB real estate.

By using DIN-rail mounting terminal blocks, customers can make connections independently of the various DIN-rail units within a given system. As well as giving installers the flexibility of being able to place the DIN-rail terminal blocks anywhere on the rail, CamdenBoss’s new range also possesses another feature: the ability to unclip and reverse the orientation of the terminal block if necessary. This means that the installation can be rearranged for easier access once complete – a big advantage particularly during field installations – and ensures that easy access is retained even in the most cramped of applications even if units are added later.

Fitting terminal blocks to the DIN-rail is straightforward – two mounting adaptors are simply clipped into place where required and the terminal block clips onto these with a positive click to hold them firmly. Reversing the terminal block is equally simple: by applying pressure to the two clips, the terminal block can be removed by sliding upwards.

The CamdenBoss CTBPD96 range of DIN-rail mounting terminal blocks is available in 5 and 5.08mm pitch versions in both flanged and non-flanged options from 6 to 24 poles. Both vertically- and horizontally-oriented versions are available and the DIN-rail mount is compatible with both 35mm top hat and 32mm G-rail as standard. Applications include lighting controllers, building management systems, energy management, power supplies, heating and air conditioning controllers, civil and industrial electrical installations and telecommunications. CamdenBoss also offers a wide range of associated ancillary components for DIN-rail applications including pluggable terminal blocks to match the DIN-rail mounted connectors and a comprehensive range of DIN-rail mounted enclosures.

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