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Can an innovative new portfolio of terminal blocks deliver more productivity in panel building? Weidmüller believes it can, and has reintroduced the Klippon brand name.
If anything has been synonymous with connectivity in panel applications, then it has surely been the Klippon name. While the name hasn’t actually been used by Weidmüller for its products within its range for a while, the company says products are frequently referred to by users as Klippon products, so the name is still clearly known and trusted. You can see the sense, then, in Weidmüller building on that heritage, and reintroducing the Klippon brand for a new range of innovative products that the company clearly feels will drive connectivity technology forwards.
This new generation of products is all about increasing productivity, through combinations of easier handling, more space in the panel and time savings during installation. The Klippon Connect terminal block portfolio comprises two ranges – an application range and a universal range. The particular requirements ultimately determine which one is the most suitable. Often, standardisation enables the right solution to be found with the sophisticated, function-oriented Klippon Connect universal range. It allows the user to make the most of practical product benefits, comprehensive services and application-oriented advice throughout the design process – and thereby makes for a high level of productivity in a variety of panel applications.
For frequently recurring applications, such as control voltage distribution and signal wiring, Weidmüller says the Klippon Connect application range will help to increase productivity, efficiency and safety, since product functions are arranged in a specific way or left out entirely.
While panels are indeed configured individually, various recurring application fields within the panel are a permanent fixture in virtually all areas of use. Weidmüller has identified and developed special solutions for these application fields. And it has done so because panel structures often have intricate designs since there is a lack of simple, pre-planned solutions. Their specific arrangement and functional integration means that the tailored application products make a measurable contribution to increasing productivity, efficiency and safety at every stage of the process.
Weidmüller has identified key application fields including: power feed-in, power distribution, control voltage distribution, current and voltage transformer distribution, signal distribution and DCS marshalling, as well as shielding and earthing. But within all of these you get the same key characteristics of reliability, ease of use, prevention of incorrect wiring and safe connections. Both screw and spring connection technology can be used: the screw connection technology features either a clamping yoke or stud connection design, while the spring connection is equipped with either push-in or tension clamp technology.
Weidmüller has put a lot of effort into its spring technology design, noting that while tension clamp is still the predominant technology, usage of push-in technology is growing. Weidmüller says its innovative push-in connection technology reduces the amount of time spent on wiring to a minimum – with up to 50% time savings compared with screw clamp technology. The conductor pull-out forces are even greater than with the tension clamp system. Both solid and stranded-wire conductors with and without wire-end ferrules and with rated cross-sections ranging from 2.5 to 16mm2 can be safely and reliably connected using this technology.
For planning and design, the Weidmüller Configurator is a web-based solution that provides step-by-step support with selecting and assembling terminal blocks.
With this new Klippon Connect technology, Weidmüller is looking to help users in all of their key panel requirements, including planning, installation and operation – which covers test, commissioning, running and maintenance.
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