Plug & play in power generation

The Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution sector (PGTD) faces various challenges. Due to the large sums of data and signal transmissions required for monitoring all the equipment in the generation and distribution process, reliable connection is critical. Hardwiring does not always present itself as an efficient solution to such a challenge; industrial connectors by contrast not only can overcome the obstacles, but also propose an array of additional benefits.

Hardwiring is time-consuming, requiring high efforts and costs. Power networks are calling for short reaction times; the sub-systems need to run as safe and smoothly. In order to meet such requirements, it is useful to utilise industrial connectors. They not only reduce wiring costs, but also allow faster construction, commissioning and maintenance processes in the field.

Hardwiring vs. connectors: In key positions, this gas-insulated high-voltage switchgear uses connectors as interfaces.

Traditionally, hardwiring has been seen a viable option for servicing the PGTD sector. More recently, however, the market has turned to plug-and-play solutions for various reasons. Connectorisation takes the guesswork out, especially, where switching and controlling devices are required to operate side-by-side. In addition, it increases safety since there are coding options for every connector. Thus, both sides of a connection can only mate with their right counterpart.

Choosing connector-based wiring instead of hardwiring has its benefits at every stage of the product life cycle:

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