Barrier terminal blocks ease installation and boost safety
Aimed at PCB manufactures, OEMs, CEMs and equipment manufacturers, Euroclamp MT17 touch-proof terminal blocks available from Switchtec are designed to replace older style barrier terminals. The blocks share the latter's excellent connectivity characteristics but offer improved human interface features and installation benefits.
A major drawback to more traditional barrier terminal blocks is the lack of touch proof terminals. So-called improved designs may have a touch proof cover, but this has to be removed to access the terminal. One of the biggest benefits of the MT17 barrier terminal block is the integration of touch proof terminals. The MT17 has been manufactured in such a way that the barrier has an IP20 rating. This touch proofing is non-removable. Also the MT17 has been designed so the touch-proofing still enables access to the screw without having to remove it, facilitating easier wiring and faster build times.
Another drawback of the traditional style of terminal block is that if the terminal screw is loosened too far, it can be removed or lost. Euroclamp designed the MT17's touch proofing system with a retaining screw so there is no possibility of removal of the screw and/or accidental loss of the same.
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