Platinum Tools launches ezEX-RJ45 termination system at BICSI; modular crimper eases handling of larger-diameter twisted-pair cables

Jan. 26, 2017
The company launched its ezEX-RJ45 termination system at the 2017 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition.

Platinum Tools, a specialist in products for the preparation, installation, hand termination and testing of wire and cable, announced the launch of its ezEX-RJ45 termination system at the 2017 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition, held at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL, from January 22 - 26.

“In today’s networks, twisted pair cables are demanding more speed and bandwidth,” observes John Phillips, Platinum Tools, Inc. product manager. “To help meet these requirements, Cat5e/6/6A cables have increased in size. Both the outer diameter of the cable and the insulation diameter of the conductors are larger and vary by manufacturer, making cable and connector compatibility a challenge. Platinum Tools new patented ezEX-RJ45 termination system is the solution, providing greater cable to connector compatibility to meet higher performance demands.”

The patented EXO Crimp Frame is a RJ45 crimp tool that can terminate multiple sizes of cables and conductors. The crimp frame highlights two interchangeable dies that work with the company's EZ-RJ45 and ezEX-RJ45 connectors. The tool design allows for future upgrades by purchasing a new die. The new ezEX-RJ45 feed-through connectors with staggered channels matched with the EXO crimp frame + EXO-EX die are specifically designed to crimp and flush-trim the protruding conductors in a single operation. This patented new termination system couples two concurrently developed and matched solutions for terminating larger cables, notes the company. Further, the EXO crimp frame features tool-less replacement of dies to minimize downtime due to damaged or worn dies. Interchangeable and ambidextrous dies for left and right-handed operation ensure clean and precise flush-cut connectors. The connector tab locks into the die port for one-handed operation and ensures that the connector is locked in place for proper crimping. The tool's patented push button gun-style lock makes for easy storage, and the precisely aligned contact drivers provide reliable and repeatable crimping.

“The EZ-RJ45 die gives you the ability to terminate EZ-RJ45 connectors, and the EXO-EX die terminates the new and improved ezEX-RJ45 connectors,” Phillips continued. “The ezEX-RJ45 connectors are designed for larger cables and conductors with a Hi-Lo stagger of conductors, one piece/pass through, and no bars or liners resulting in high performance termination. Current modular connectors for larger diameter cables require multiple pieces that can get lost, are difficult to prep, and are very difficult to verify wiring sequence which leads to improper terminations and scrap. The ezEX-RJ45 connector and EXO crimp frame and EXO-EX die system minimize the cost of operation for the installer by eliminating mistakes in crimping and downtime.”

As featured in the company's booth #1037 at the show, the ezEX-RJ45 termination system with the patented EXO Crimp Frame is now shipping for an MSRP of $90.00 (p/n 100061). The product was the winner of the Residential Systems Magazine “Best of Show” CEDIA 2016 award, notes Platinum Tools.

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