Plugs and Connectors offer IP69K dirt/liquid ingress protection.

Press Release Summary:

Carrying IP69K rating, ABB IEC 60309 pin and sleeve devices suit such applications as wash-down operations in food and beverage industry. Cable strain relief and pullout prevention features are standard, and incorporated safety measures include double cable clamp system to prevent cable detachment and 2 screws at each terminal to maintain electrical connection. Housing is self-extinguishing (UL 94V0), UV-resistant (UL 746 F1) Valox® 357 material, which is also resistant to chemicals.

Original Press Release:

ABB/Russellstoll® IEC 60309 Connectors Now IP69K Rated for Highest Dirt and Liquid Protection

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – ABB IEC 60309 plugs and connectors are now IP69K rated, which is the highest dust and liquid ingress rating attainable, making the connectors ideal for applications requiring liquid ingress protection. Examples include wash-down operations in food processing plants, dairy farms, breweries and other applications.

“In environments like the food processing industry, which require routine high-pressure wash downs, electrical components are vulnerable to liquid ingress of both water and chemicals,” said Camilo Delgado, product marketing director at ABB. “The IP69K rating offers complete assurance that our ABB IEC 60309 pin and sleeve devices have been certified to be both durable and resistant, and conform to the highest ingress protection rating.”

The IP69K tests entailed placing the ABB IEC 60309 devices on a turntable at a speed of approximately 5 revolutions per minute (rpm). They were then sprayed at close range at a rate of 4 gallons (16 liters) per minute with water pressure between 1,160 and 1,450 pounds per square inch (psi), at a temperature of 176 degrees Fahrenheit (80 degrees Celsius). The water nozzle was held at a variety of angles, between 4 and 6 inches from the product. To attain the IP69K rating, the product being tested must completely resist liquid ingress.

ABB IEC devices are also durable and offer superior cable strain relief and pullout prevention. Safety measures incorporated into the ABB IEC 60309 connectors include a double cable clamp system to prevent cable detachment and two screws at each terminal to maintain electrical connection.

The housing is designed for maximum durability in harsh operating conditions, and is made from a self-extinguishing (UL 94V0), ultraviolet (UV)-resistant (UL 746 F1) Valox® 357 material. The material is also highly resistant to chemicals like mineral and organic acids, organic solvents and petroleum. Fiberglass-reinforced nylon is used for the contact carrier on devices rated between 60 and 125 amps. A self-cleaning design keeps debris or dirt out of the electrical contacts to reduce down time.

ABB IEC pin and sleeve devices are durable and offer safe and reliable electrical connections in industrial settings. The IP69K-rated ingress protections ensure that they are ideal for high-pressure wash-down applications, like food and beverage.

For more information about the new ABB/Russellstoll® IEC 60309 connector, please visit, or call (800) 435-7365.

About ABB

ABB ( is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.

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Kurt Andersen

Harris, Baio & McCullough

Phone: (215) 440-9800


Harry Hurst

Harris, Baio & McCullough

Phone: (610) 725-9600


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