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Connectors for higher power ranges have been introduced by Hawke International. The new PowerEx series will compliment their existing ControlEx and InstrumEx connectors to complete the family of connectors to meet every hazardous area need in the oil and gas industries. The new connectors are easy to install, robust and suitable for applications with both control and power equipment.

Main applications for ControlEx and PowerEx will be in the hook-up, servicing, repair and replacement of modules and other key equipment in oil and gas exploration, production and processing.

PowerEx connectors are designed to meet the demands of high power applications, up to 780A. Models are available with one to four contacts and with conductors ranging from 50mm squared to 630mm squared. Typical high power applications will include connections to generator sets, high power motors and power infrastructure.

ControlEx connectors are designed for medium power applications up to 660v/125A. The bodies can hold up to 60 contacts and can accommodate up to 35mm squared cores. Typical medium power applications will include valves, dampers, actuators and medium power motors.

The InstrumEx connector is designed for low power applications and is ATEX and IECEx compliant. This allows live connection and disconnection of circuits in zones 1, 2, 21 and 22 applications.

Hawke cable glands, which contain a number of unique patented features for secure clamping of all wire armour and braided cable types, are integral to the design of all connectors. All connectors have heavy-duty, maintenance-free, nickel plated brass or stainless steel shells to give ingress protection to IP66/67 and DTS01 and include models for in-line and bulkhead applications.

A unique keying system is incorporated, to prevent possible misconnection and safeguard the contacts from damage. Reliable low resistance connections are ensured by the use of Multilam Technology which requires less force to engage or disengage the gold plated multi-pin connections.

Hawke also offer a connector assembly service and are able to supply their connectors pre-terminated for an even simpler plug and play installation. This can be beneficial where skilled labour is scarce, commands a premium or where build programmes are tight and time to start-up must be minimised.

More Information:

Gareth Turner, Tel. +44 (0)161 830 6698 Fax. +44 (0)161 830 6648
E-mail: Web:
Hawke International, Oxford Street West, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL7 0NA

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October 19, 2007

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