Splices suit 600 V to 35 kV applications.

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Color-Keyed® Cast Copper Reducing Splices offer constant outer diameter that enables crimping of both ends with same tool or die, and facilitates insulation with clear heat-shrink wrap or watertight clamshell covers. Constructed of tin-plated, sand-cast copper for conductivity and corrosion resistance, splices include chamfered barrel to facilitate wire insertion. Applications include telecommunications, industrial MRO, and commercial contracting.

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Thomas & Betts' Color-Keyed® Cast-Copper Reducing Splices Offer Constant Outer Diameter That Enables One Tool to Crimp Both Ends

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 9, 2006 - Thomas & Betts has facilitated splicing different-sized conductors with the introduction Color-Keyed ® Cast-Copper Reducing Splices, which offer a constant outer diameter that enables crimping of both ends with the same tool or die. Unlike screw-machined, externally contoured splices, Cast-Copper Reducing Splices do not require changing the tool or die to crimp each end, which reduces installation time. The Cast-Copper Reducing Splices' constant outer diameter also makes the splices faster and easier to insulate with clear heat-shrink wrap or watertight clamshell covers.

"Color-Keyed Cast-Copper Reducing Splices are less time-consuming to install and insulate, making them substantially more economical than the conventional contoured splices," said Jerry Woodward, senior product manager for Thomas & Betts' Industrial Products Group. "Cast-Copper Reducing Splices can be used for all 600V to 35KV electrical splicing of different-sized conductors. Applications include telecommunications for both inside office and outside plant, as well as industrial MRO and commercial contracting."

Available in a comprehensive range of sizes, Color-Keyed® Cast-Copper Reducing Splices are constructed of tin-plated, sand-cast copper, which provides superior tensile strength, high conductivity and excellent corrosion resistance. Other benefits include a chamfered barrel for easier wire insertion and a compact, low-profile design that results in the splices occupying less space in a cable tray or wire run. In addition to Cast-Copper Reducing Splices, the Color-Keyed brand also includes a line of crimping tools for simple installation.

Color-Keyed Cast-Copper Reducing Splices are UL® Listed and CSA Certified.

For more information about Color-Keyed Cast-Copper Reducing Splices and crimping tools, visit www.tnb.com or contact your Thomas & Betts sales representative by calling (800) 816-7809.

Corporate Overview
Thomas & Betts Corporation (NYSE: TNB) is a leading designer and manufacturer of electrical connectors and components used in industrial, commercial, communications and utility markets. The company is also a leading producer of commercial heating units and highly engineered steel structures used, among other things, for utility transmission. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., the company has manufacturing, distribution and office facilities worldwide. In 2005, the company reported sales of $1.7 billion.

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