Arktite metallic plugs, receptacles and connectors
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Arktite metallic plugs, receptacles and connectors

Crouse-Hinds series Arktite plugs, receptacles and connectors are used indoors and outdoors to supply power to portable electrical equipment such as motor generator sets, compressors, heating and cooling units, welders, conveyors, lighting systems and similar equipment.  They are also used in applications that require the removal, adjustment, replacement or frequent maintenance of equipment.  

Available in 20A through 400A, Arktite metallic pin and sleeve devices feature an innovative arc snuffing design that enables large power loads to be disconnected under load without causing an arc flash in the area.

Certifications and compliances

  • UL standards: UL1203 (APJ plugs only), UL1682, UL1686
  • CSA standard: C22.2 No. 182.1
  • CE marked to the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) 2006/95/EEC (20-100A plugs and receptacles only)

Design features

  • Circuit breaking – plugs through 100 ampere rating may be disconnected under load; 150-400 ampere units are for service disconnect use only
  • Keyed sleeve on the receptacles accept only plugs of the same amperage rating, style and number of poles, making it impossible to mismate, and providing for positive polarisation
  • Split pin contacts are made of high grade naval brass to ensure long life, and provide 360º of contact between the pin and sleeve to reduce heat rise and eliminate arcing
  • Any arc formed when the plug is being removed is instantly snuffed in the deep confined insulated arcing chamber
  • Grounding contacts that make first and break last in the unlikely event of keyway failure
  • Safety barrier between insulator body and metal housing minimises risk of energising handle body due to stray conductor strands
  • Gasketing system provides NEMA 4 watertight integrity
  • Extra wide electrical spacing allows for maximum safety
  • All aluminium Uni-Shell construction provides superior strength in abusive environments
  • Insulator materials are the result of intensive testing; selection has been made based on highest dielectric strength, maximum mechanical and impact resistance, lowest moisture absorption and highest arc tracking resistance
  • A Tri-Lock cable grip has three clamps which provide even gripping and superior cord clamping
  • Lockout plug allows users to comply with OSHA lockout/tagout requirements
  • Wrenching surfaces make Arktite plugs quick and easy to assemble
  • A variety of installations is possible due to the availability of several types of back boxes
  • Reversible interiors, 30, 60 and 100 ampere (except 30 and 60 ampere, 5-pole) Arktite plug and receptacle interiors are interchangeable using a screwdriver; this makes it possible to feed a normally de-energised receptacle from an energised plug with usual Arktite safety; no energised contacts are exposed

Standard materials

  • Metallic receptacle housings, plug and cord connector bodies – high impact strength copper-free aluminium
  • Back boxes – 20, 30, 60, 100, 150 and 200 amperes: cast aluminium; 400 amperes: Feraloy iron alloy
  • Insulation – 2-, 3- and 4-pole: fibreglass-reinforced polyester; 5-pole: melamine
  • Contacts: pressure, solder, binding screw – brass; crimp/solder 20, 30, 60, 100 amperes – leaded red brass; crimp/solder 150, 200, 400 amperes – telurium copper