The Blackburn Insulation Piercing Connector (IPC) System eliminates need to strip cable insulation and tape or wrap the connection when tapping into power lines, which significantly reduces time and cost. Designed for main and neutral lines, the IPC System features self-latching insulating covers that insulate and protect connections. The mechanical design eliminates need for compression tools to install. It also accommodates a wide range of cable sizes.
“We developed the IPC System for Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission when it needed to convert bare overhead distribution lines to insulated conductors, and then make electrical connections to the insulted conductors,” says Thomas & Betts marketing manager Mike Cawood. “Tapping and re-insulating numerous connections would have been a costly, lengthy process without the IPC System.”
The IPC System consists of:
- One main connector, with insulation-piercing teeth and set screw that eliminate need to strip the main cable
- One neutral connector, which also is installed with a torque-controlled, shear-head set screw, and
- A self-latching cover for a quick and easy installation without need for tape or shrink-fit insulation, and includes space for a lock-out tag.
Each component is available separately or together in a kit for easy handling. Installation is a simple, six-step process. An optional installation tool also is available.
Thomas & Betts
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