Switchcraft: Field Installable Shielded Multi-Con-X®

The newest series of “Con-X” product from Conxall, designed for field installations where

Switchcraft: Field Installable Shielded Multi-Con-X®

  • Circuits must be protected from electromagnetic or radio frequency interference
  • Surrounding equipment needs protection form circuit emmittance
  • An earth ground must be carried via the cable shield through the connector shell, coupling ring and receptacle to ground


  • 6 keyway orientation
  • 2 to 9 pole insert configurations with 20 size contacts available in 4 keying arrangements
  • 2 to 12 pole insert configurations with 20 size contacts available in 1 keying arrangements
  • 2 to 4 pole insert configurations with 16 size contacts available in 1 keying arrangements
  • Panel counts are available with male contacts only (solder or PC Tail termination)
  • Not mateable with standard (unshielded) Multi-Con-X product
  • Panel Mounts are available with a metal or plastic housing


  • Electrical Rated for 600 Volts RMS
  • Nickel Plated Brass Coupling Nuts and Housing Cable End
  • Contracts available in Copper Alloy, Gold and nickel Plating
  • Metal Panel and Plastic Panel Mounts Available
  • RoHS Compliant

Cooper Bussmann: DIN-Rail Terminal Blocks

New from Cooper Bussmann: DIN-Rail Terminal Blocks with Ratings Up to 200kA SCCR Feature Multiple Bridging Options for Point of Use Configuration

  • High SCCR* rated to ensure compliance with NEC® 110.10
  • Available side-insertion bridge and top-insertion bridge offer unmatched power distribution possibilities
  • Multiple colors, partition plates, marking system and labels provide easy circuit identification
  • UL 94V0 Flammability rated material with superior electromechanical properties
  • Zinc-plated steel wire cage and tin-plated copper conductive elements assure high pressure contact force and low voltage drop

Learn more about this new product HERE.

Stainless Steel Enclosures – Worth the Price?

It is often a challenge to choose the right material for an enclosure. There are many considerations including location of the enclosure, desired visuals, protection levels, durability and, of course, price. In the upcoming series of blogs, we will focus on the strengths and weaknesses of different materials to help in the selection process. We will start with Stainless steel enclosures which are a great approach to outdoor or hazardous applications. Typically made out of 304 stainless, it is impervious to scratches or dents that will cause a powder coated unit to rust or corrode. Stainless will typically meet IP 65 and sometimes IP66, and NEMA ratings 1, 2, 4, 4x,12, and 13. It also has the benefits of typical steel that can withstand a rugged environment and won’t crack or chip as plastic might. Finally, stainless is also a logical choice when there are concerns about contamination where sterilization may be required as there is no texture to the finish that can be difficult to clean.

As with all material choices for enclosures, there are tradeoffs. The downside of Stainless is its price. Typically, it is the most expensive NEMA enclosure; it can cost several times the price of plastics and two to three times the price of a traditional steel enclosure. Therefore, the specifier has to weigh the impervious nature of stainless with the cost to determine if the environment requires that type of solution. One advantage of Bud is that our stainless enclosures are significantly lower priced than the competition. We tend to see stainless in situations such as oil fields, medical equipment, or where the equipment enclosed is so valuable that the protection is worth the extra cost. Otherwise, standard steel or various plastics might be a better choice.

This article was re-posted with permission from Bud Industries. Orginailly posted March 30th, 2012. Click HERE to read original post.

Mallory Sonalert 22mm Panel-Mount Alarms

Mallory Sonalert 22mm Panel-Mount AlarmsAvailable at Gopher Electronics is the 22mm Panel-Mount Alarms with Terminal Block from Mallory Sonalert.  Theses alarms fit standard 22mm panel holes and are 10-15 decibles louder than other alarms in the same size. Other features of the 22mm include:

  • Suitable for voltages from 6 Vdc to 120 Vac
  • Up to 95 db sound levels
  • cUL approved
  • NEMA 4x
  • RoHS Compliant
  • CSA Certified

Mallory recently added new sound options to the 22mm Panel-Mount Alarms:

  • 10 Second Delay: a 10 second pause before a continuous tone
  • Short Pulse Tone: a beep every second
  • 1 Minute On-Time:  a continuous tone for 1 minute before turning off
  • Fast Speed-up: a 30 second interval where beeps speed from 1 per 2 seconds to 8 per second

Having a terminal block connection gives several benefits:

  • Finger proof safe handling
  • Prevents shock and shorting
  • Save assembly time and labor

About Mallory Sonalert: “Mallory Sonalert Products, Inc. manufactures and distributes the Mallory Sonalert® electronic audible alarm product line, and supplies a full range of board-level audible devices such as transducers, indicators, and sirens to a variety of industrial, military, and consumer markets, world wide. The company provides sound products for sound solutions.” Product Data Sheet