AVX Corp., Fountain Inn., S.C., has expanded upon its wire-to-wire (WTW) connector portfolio with the release of the new 9286-300 series poke-home connectors for 12–18 AWG wire. Designed to simplify the connection process in a broad range of industrial market applications that require high-current or large-gauge wires, the new 9286-300 series WTW connectors enable simple strip-and-poke-home wire insertion and twist-and-pull wire extraction, and employ a one-piece phosphor bronze contact with high-force contact beams that provide both mechanical stability and reliable wire retention and an integral wire-stop that prevents over-insertion.
The series also accepts both solid and stranded wires, is smaller and sleeker than competing connectors, and has flame retardant UL94 V-0 glass-filled thermoplastic housings that protect connections from potting and coating materials and are color-coded to match wires to further ease and hasten assembly. Ideal applications for the series include industrial machine controls, such as motors, drives, solenoids, pumps, coils, and transformers; commercial building controls, security, and fire alarm systems, and premise wiring; smart grid meters, breakers, and panels; and SSL fixtures and wiring.
“Our poke-home wire-to-wire connectors have provided industrial customers with proven-reliable, easy-assembly interconnect solutions for the past several years, but — until now — were focused on light industrial wire gauges spanning 18–24 AWG,” said Tom Anderson, connector product manager, AVX. “The new 9286-300 series connectors extend this portfolio’s simple strip-and-poke-home assembly process and high-strength wire retention to heavier 12–18 AWG industrial applications in a small, sleek package that offers several critical benefits over competing solutions, including space savings of up to 80%, the absence of clunky levers, and reusability.”
AVX’s 9286-300 series poke-home WTW connectors feature high-strength phosphor bronze contacts with lead-free tin-over-nickel plating and accept 12–18 AWG solid and stranded wire, although more than 19 strands per wire is not recommended. They are available in eight wire-matched insulator colors (white, black, brown, blue, yellow, red, green, and orange), are rated for 600 Vac, 10–15 A depending on AWG, five-cycle durability, and operating temperatures extending from –40° to 125°C, and are packaged in bulk in quantities of 500 pieces per bag.