Enclosures, Cabling & Connectors

Heavy-duty plugs and sockets

September 2016 Enclosures, Cabling & Connectors

Although it may be tempting to dismiss certain electrical products as commodity items, one sector where this should not apply is industrial plugs, sockets and connectors.

Few people would argue that when it comes to specifying, installing or maintaining these products for industrial use, whether in a building, on a construction site, outdoors at an event or leisure location, an awareness of safety considerations is paramount, as well as a clear recognition of fitness for purpose.

“Here at AC/DC Dynamics we strive to give the customer the best engineered solution possible. When the requirement calls for a robust and durable plug and socket solution, it is difficult to beat our Palazzoli range,” said Dirk Holm, switchgear specialist at AC/DC Dynamics.

On-site electrical equipment is at the receiving end of a lot of abuse, whether it be from the harsh environments it has to endure, or simply from misuse by hard-pressed site personnel.

Palazzoli’s Alupres wall-mounted heavy-duty 3-phase 415 V interlock power outlets have been approved for use by London Underground Limited (LUL), and in factories and mines across southern Africa. Engineers and contractors can now specify and install the IP67 watertight aluminium enclosures with confidence throughout their networks above and below the surface.

The separate supply isolator is mechanically linked (interlocked) within a single unit to the socket, so that a plug can only be inserted or removed once the supply is safely shut off. The AC23/AC3 rated isolator is cable of switching inductive loads at full rated current (EN60947-3) and is available in 16, 32, 63 and 125 A ranges.

Alupres sockets have been designed and manufactured for heavy-duty application in tunnels, hazardous area environments and general outlets. Fully compliant with LUL standard 1-085 A3, they have a protection rating of IP66/67 and impact resistance in excess of IK10. They are available with or without additional localised circuit protection.

“This is an important third-party recognition for Alupres, and we are delighted to have our product approved by London Underground under its Approved Product Register (APR), as only the products that have passed through its rigorous approval process can be commissioned for their network,” said Lewden’s business development manager, Guy Birchall.

However, Palazzoli boasts with more than one impressive range. AC/DC Dynamics will be displaying the two new ranges will be introducing it to the South African market, during the Electra Mining show. These are the Atex range for protection against explosive and hazardous environments, as well as the Alumax range for applications up to 400 A at 1000 VAC, with or without earth leakage protection.

For more information contact AC/DC Dynamics, +27 (0)10 202 3300, switchgear@acdc.co.za, www.acdc.co.za


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