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NEMA Releases New Standard for Secondary, Non-Sealed Multiport Distribution Connectors

Press release date: Apr 10, 2006

ROSSLYN, Va., April 10, 2006-NEMA, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, has published ANSI C119.6-2006, American National Standard for Electric Connectors-Non-Sealed, Multiport Connector Systems Rated 600 Volts or Less for Aluminum and Copper Conductors.

This standard covers non-sealed multiport connector systems rated at 600 volts for making electrical connections between conductors, and establishes electrical, mechanical, and sealing requirements for non-sealed multiport connector systems. The purpose of this standard is to give reasonable assurance to the user that non-sealed multiport connector systems meeting the requirements of this standard will perform in a satisfactory manner, provided they have been properly selected for the intended application and are installed in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendation.

ANSI C119.6-2006 replaces ANSI C119.4, which is primarily for uninsulated single-conductor or tap-type connectors. This is now the utility industry standard for secondary, non-sealed multiport distribution connectors. Since the industry trend is moving towards multiport distribution connectors, this standard covers a large percentage of secondary distribution connectors.

"The multiport connector is one of the fastest growing segments in the utility market," says Homac Manufacturing Company's James Zahnen, vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Non-Sealed Multiport Connectors. "ANSI C119.6 gives producers and users a standard to test these connectors, which did not exist until now."

ANSI C119.6-2006 may be purchased for $59.00 by visiting www.nema.org/stds/c119-6.cfm, or by contacting Global Engineering Documents at (800) 854-7179 (within the U.S.), (303) 397-7956 (international), (303) 397-2740 (fax), or on the Internet at global.ihs.com.

NEMA is the leading trade association in the United States representing the interests of electroindustry manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its 430 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. Domestic shipments of electrical products within the NEMA scope exceed $100 billion.

Jason Peak Senior Editor (703) 841-3222 jas_peak@nema.org