Wire-wire connectors simplify industrial system installations

May 06, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
AVX says its wire-to-wire connectors can deliver cost and space savings in industrial electronics designs; these poke-home reduced through-wire and junction box WTW connectors enable easy insertion and extraction, and exhibit maximum wire retention for 18 – 24AWG solid and stranded wire gauges. The are presented as a cost-effective alternative to WTW connectors with traditional crimp and poke terminations.

9286-200 Series reduced through-wire connectors and 9286-250 reduced junction box connectors use an active stainless steel spring contact with mechanical properties that allow it to provide maximum wire retention for 18 – 24AWG solid and stranded wire gauges. Capable of accommodating simple strip-and-poke-home wire insertion and twist-and-pull extraction, which is especially beneficial in field installations, these high-spring-force stainless steel contacts also effectively replace the push-button activation mechanism that traditional two-piece plug-and-socket WTW connectors require for wire insertion and removal, enabling significant cost savings in an array of industrial power and signal applications, including: smart grid meters, breakers, and panels; SSL fixtures, signage, and streetlights; commercial building controls, and security and fire sensors; and industrial machine controls, such as: motors, drives, solenoids, sensors, fans, and pumps.


“Wire-to-wire connectors have been a mainstay in the industrial market for years,” said Tom Anderson, connector product manager, AVX. “Until now, however, they’ve typically required crimp and poke wire terminations to connect discrete wires, which is effective with regard to pluggability and latching, but often prohibitive with regard to size and cost — especially in applications that will only need one or two wires replaced during a product’s lifetime. So, we designed our new 9286 family poke-home reduced thru-wire and junction box connectors to fill this gap in the broad industrial market.”


Both new 9286 poke-home WTW connectors are rated for 300 VAC and operating temperatures spanning -40°C to +130°C, stand 4 mm high, and are 16 mm in length. Available in one to six positions, the 9286-200 Series reduced thru-wire connectors measure between 8 mm and 24 mm in width, and have three current ratings: 3A (24AWG), 5A (22 and 20AWG), and 8A (18AWG). Available in four to eight positions, the 9286-250 reduced junction box connectors measure between 8 mm and 16 mm in width, and have four current ratings: 3A (24AWG), 7A (22AWG), 8A (20AWG), and 9A (18AWG).


AVX; www.avx.com