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Amphenol Industrial Operations Expands its Connector Third Party Hazardous Area Classification Approvals

31 October 2012

Sidney, N.Y. October 2012 – Amphenol Industrial Global Operations, a global leader in interconnect systems, has updated its third party approvals of the Starline EX and Amphe-EX series of connectors to meet hazardous area classifications and expands its support into new markets.  

The Company’s popular Starline EX and Amphe-EX now meet hazardous area classifications for both American and Canadian EX ratings as well as those in Brazil and Australia as well as hazardous classifications ATEX and IECEx prevalent for the European market.  

Both connectors offer higher levels of corrosion resistance in some of the world’s harshest environments. They are ideal for use on the mining industry’s surface underground machinery, crushing and screening equipment, drilling equipment, communications systems and asset locator equipment, where rugged construction and a variety of configurations including copper, coax, fiber optics, Ethernet and hybrid configurations are essential. All the connectors in the series are put through vigorous testing to meet third party approvals, including but not limited to flammability resistance, temperature resistance, temperature rise and hydrostatic pressure testing.   

Starline EX and Amphe-EX are also perfect for use in petrochemical refining, oil and gas exploration and production, as well as pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing.  Instrumentation and power supply OEMs looking for various interconnect options can also successfully use the connector series. They are rated to the current AEx (American EX listing per the NEC 505), Canadian EX, ATEX, IECEx, Inmetro, GoST-R and Australian Group/Mining (through TUV Rheinland). The standard Starline connector series is approved to the UL 1977 and CSA C22.2 standards for circular connectors.  The connectors also carry gas and dust certifications.

The company also offer hazardous area cable glands that carry many of the same approvals as the connector series including ATEX, IECEx, Inmetro, UL and GoST-R and can be used in the mining industry as well.

Designed for hazardous ATEX and IECEx applications requiring high power or high speed signal, these rugged connectors feature exceptional mating properties and are available in high grade 316 stainless steel.  They are threaded, flameproof and fabricated to prevent the mixture of explosive gases and the electrical circuits by means of tighter tolerances in mated junctions.

Approved for Zone 1 rated applications, both the Starline EX and Amphe-EX connectors eliminate hard wiring to terminal blocks enclosed in junction boxes and provide quick and safe interconnections to modular equipment.


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