Rugged Locking Connectors Provide Secure Power and Data Transmission

2nd June 2011
ES Admin
Cliff Electronics announced the availability of the Cliffcon range of rugged, locking, connectors. Cliffcon connectors are designed for general industrial multi-pole power connection where a reliable locking system is essential to prevent accidental disconnection and provide touch-proof mating for the additional safety of users. Cliff manufacture three ranges of Cliffcon connectors enabling customers to select the most appropriate connector for any application.
Cliffcon connectors meet the safety requirements of EN60065, IEC348 and IEC1010-1, have an operating temperature of -20 to +80ºC and may be provided as complete cable assemblies if required.

The Cliffcon 4 pole connector has been designed for high power applications and is housed in a tough, touch-proof shell with an easy locking/unlocking mechanism, secure integral cable clamp and a cable entry gland which may be trimmed to accommodate a wide range of cable diameters from 6-15mm. Gold plated pins ensure long term reliable connection and for additional safety the connector is fitted with a leading ground pin which makes first and breaks last, preventing arcing if disconnected while under load.

The Cliffcon 4 pole connector is available in 250 volt and 120 volt AC versions with a 20A RMS current rating and has coded keyways to prevent accidental misconnection. A range of plug terminations are available including Faston® push connectors, screw or solder terminals. Cliffcon 4 pole plugs are available in straight and right angled versions and the matching sockets are available for countersunk or self tapping screw fixing to panels, with horizontal and vertical PCB mounting versions.

Inline couplers are available for Cliffcon 4 pole connectors to allow power leads to be extended if required and other PCB adapters are available on request.

Cliffcon 8 pole connectors have the same features as the Cliffcon 4 pole range while being rated for high power applications at 250 volts AC and 10A RMS. The Cliffcon 8 pole plug is right angled and has vertical PCB and panel mount matching sockets. An optional protective cover is available for the Cliffcon 8 pole connector range providing improved socket protection when disconnected.

Completing Cliff Electronics Cliffcon range is the Miniature ZC Series of plugs and sockets which may be specified with 2 to 8 poles with either straight or 90 degree plug versions. Primarily intended for low voltage and signal applications the ZC series is rated at 1A per pin at 48V DC maximum and provide a high quality, very competitively priced, secure, multi-pole connection system.


Melvyn French, Sales Manager of Cliff Electronics comments;”Our Cliffcon range of connectors provides flexible, secure and cost effective power and signal connection for applications as diverse as a single piece of control or test equipment through to high volume lighting applications. Providing high reliability signal paths and the ability to withstand the power requirements of fast-charging systems for batteries our Cliffcon connectors are suited to a very wide range of applications.”

Typical applications for Cliffcon connectors include LED portable lighting for road works, mines etc. rapid battery charging systems, architectural and stage lighting, battery connection for UPS and electric wheelchairs, motor control systems, general industrial high power applications and some MIL COTS systems. Cliffcon 8 pole connectors are frequently used for control signal applications and DMX theatre and stage lighting systems.

Cliff Electronics Cliffcon connectors are available direct from Cliff Electronics UK, Cliff Electronics Inc in the USA and a number of franchised distributors.

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