Latest 3M IDCs target overhead networks

June 7, 2006 -- The MX2000 connectors are especially designed for customer termination in overhead lines and represent the latest generation of the company's IDC [insulation displacement connector] products.

3M has introduced its MX2000 dropwire connectors, which the company says are especially designed for distribution, protection, and customer termination in overhead lines. According to the company, the connectors protect networks in the harshest environmental conditions, are easy to install, and offer flexibility for a wide range of existing networks.

The MX2000 is the latest generation of the company's IDC [insulation displacement connector] connectors, which are designed to fully encapsulate terminations with a watertight material, helping to protect networks from all kinds of weather. The company says the connector's ease of use enables faster, mistake-free installations. Dropwire terminations with the MX2000 require only a screwdriver or 216 tool (can wrench); the company says the connector is designed to prevent incorrect installations in the field, further ensuring network protection.

The company says the connector fits all existing networks, can accommodate a full range of dropwire sizes from 0.4-mm to 1.1-mm conductors, and allows for multiple re-terminations. According to the company, the connector's unique design allows a user to snap the module on both DIN 25-mm and 35-mm profiles.

The company says the connector's flexible, built-in protection allows unprotected distribution points to be upgraded easily to protected ones. A central disconnection area offers test facilities for both sides, enabling prevention of service interruptions as well as disconnection and over-voltage protection. The over-voltage protection version is able to drain currents as high as 10 kA, says the company.

The MX2000 connectors were introduced at this week's OSP Expo 2006 in Chicago.

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