IEC Appliance Outlets Provide Space and Cost-Saving Solutions for Intelligent PDUs

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Santa Rosa, California, March 9, 2018 ó SCHURTERís family of appliance outlets according to IEC 60320-1, Styles F and J, are available with integrated light pipe. The light pipe indicates operational status, or other function status, as an optional feature to standard connectors. It is designed to channel light from LEDs on the pc board to the front of the connector. The new technology offers flexible design options including up to 4 light pipes, enabling increased opportunity to signal status information from the power grid to the user.

A typical application consists of power distribution units used in data centers. With SCHURTERís appliance outlets, it becomes easier to extend the systems monitoring capabilities from the centralized display to each outlet. Service technicians are able to clearly see which systems are working properly, or respond to required maintenance adjustments. A connector could, for example, signal an outage with a red LED, or a critical power consumption pattern with a yellow LED. In this way, both repairs and preventive maintenance can be done more simply and efficiently.

The integration of the light pipe into the appliance outlet brings about multiple advantages: For one, the number of light pipes available makes it possible to completely individualize circuitry that assigns unambiguous signals to each outlet. The indicating light is located as close as possible to the outlet, instead of discretely mounted nearby the outlet, thus leading to a reduction in the strip size altogether, or increasing much needed space to add outlets to the strip. By integrating the light indication into the outlet, the need for drilling separate holes and other associated logistical and manufacturing steps are reduced or eliminated.

The number and arrangement of the openings for the light pipe provide flexible options for application specific requirements, also depending on the orientation of the power cord and its impact on visibility.

SCHURTERís 6600-5 and 6610-5 series outlets conform to IEC 60320-1, style F, ENEC approved at 10 A @ 250. They are UL/CSA approved at 15 A @ 250 VAC. The 4797-5 series conforms to IEC60320-1, style J, ENEC approved at 16 A @ 250 VAC. It is UL/CSA approved at 20 A @ 250 VAC. Terminal options include insulation displacement conductor (IDC), quick connect or PCB.


SCHURTER is a progressive innovator and manufacturer of Circuit Protection, Connectors, Switches, and EMC Products to the electronic and electrical industries worldwide. SCHURTERís 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 SCHURTERís main markets IT / Telecom, Medical, Space and Energy.

SCHURTER meets its customersí 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.