Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

July 14, 2016

Wieland Electric Inc. has released a small industrial circular power connector with Type 4X/6P protection. Rated for 600V and 16A, the new RST Mini 5-pole, circular power connectors (RST16i5) are designed to simplify, speed up, and reduce the cost of wiring installations in lighting, building automation, and industrial applications. They reduce installation time by up to 80% and installation costs by up to 25% compared to conventional connection systems in lighting, building automation, and industrial applications.

RST MINI connectors use Wieland’s innovative TWISTLOCK technology to securely mate the two connector halves. Push the two halves together, and a lock ring automatically twists to secure the connection. RST Mini Series connectors are also mechanically and colour-coded to improve assembly time and reduce the potential for installation errors.

“Our new RST Mini Series connectors deliver plug-and-play power capabilities that are currently unrivalled in the building automation and industrial markets,” says Martin Lalonde, application engineer at Wieland Electric. “Their small, yet robust design is ideal for use in harsh environments, and can serve as an effective replacement for conventional panel cable glands. Further, their screw terminals simplify field assembly and service work.”

RST Mini Series connectors are available in cable- or panel-mounted versions. The cable-mounted version accommodates cables from 7.1mm to 13mm in diameter. The panel-mounted version has M20 threads that feature a flat spot designed to improve the ease of installation. Additionally, regardless of colour and coding, the RST16i5 connector has: cULus approvals for up to 600V, 16A, and 22 – 16AWG; cULus disconnect under load for up to 350VAC; and environmental ratings up to IP69K, Type 4X and Type 6P.

Custom cable assemblies and distribution boxes designed to suit individual application requirements are also available.

Find out more: www.wieland-electric.ca/en-ca/rst16i5.

 

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There has been a lot of talk about cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models these days but both are relatively new to the lighting industry. Let’s take a look at what they are as well as their roles in commercial lighting.

What is cloud computing?

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, and applications via the Internet with pay-as-you-go or subscription-based pricing. Cloud computing means that instead of all the computer hardware, software, and data that you are using sitting somewhere inside your company’s network, it’s provided and managed for you as a service by another company and you access it over the Internet. 

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