Appliance Outlet with Light Pipes for Status Display

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Santa Rosa, California, February 28, 2017 — SCHURTER improves upon a classic product: the new 6600-5 series IEC outlets are available with integrated light pipes. An intelligent, space and cost-saving solution for PDUs used in data centers and other multi-distributed power applications.

The human need for information continues to expand at record pace, while continual advancements in information and communications technology (ICT) strive to keep up. Data centers are under constant pressure to improve upon efficiency and reliability under growing regulatory requirements to reduce energy use and cost. At the base of this modern day economic phenomena is an intelligent, reliable power supply and – at the base of that – a simple connector. SCHURTER is pleased to introduce its IEC outlets with integrated light pipes, which bring a simple yet improved solution to intelligent power distribution.

Today, the high density of servers in modern data centers requires the same compact design from a power distribution unit. With SCHURTER's appliance outlets, the integrated light pipes provide space and assembly cost savings over conventional strip designs, where LEDs are mounted in between outlets. Service technicians are able to clearly see which systems are working properly, or respond to required maintenance adjustments. The triggering of the LEDs is freely configurable, wherein each state can be clearly and independently represented. An outlet could, for example, signal an outage with a red LED, or a critical power consumption pattern with a yellow LED.

The new 6600-5 series offers a pull-out safety device to prevent against unintentional removal of the power cord. Depending on the arrangement of the outlets in the strip – horizontally or vertically – the SCHURTER V-Lock or cord retention systems with side latches can be used. The outlet's snap arms are currently designed for front panel dimensions of 1.7 or 2.0 mm. Versions for 1.0, 1.5 and 2.5 mm are in development, as well as a 16 A outlet with up to 4 light pipes. Pricing is $1.36 each at 100 pieces for the version with single light pipe.


SCHURTER is a progressive innovator and manufacturer of Circuit Protection, Connectors, Switches, and EMC Products to the electronic and electrical industries worldwide. SCHURTER’s three divisions: Components, Input Systems and Electronic Manufacturing services are formed to provide customer specific products and services, which focus on clean and safe supply of power and making equipment easier to use. These core competencies bring a high degree of innovation to SCHURTER’s main markets IT / Telecom, Medical, Space and Energy.

SCHURTER meets its customers’ highest demands through certified quality, environmental and safety management systems including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and highly developed processes (Six Sigma method). Excellent services are upheld through the consistent application of an all-encompassing quality management system.

SCHURTER Inc., Santa Rosa, California is the exclusive North America sales and distribution office for the SCHURTER Group.