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Greater Security with New Fourth Generation Ex-Compliant Live Connectors

Hazardous area connection specialist, Hawke International, has launched the new fourth generation ControlEx connectors. Improvements include a new padlock facility and improved secure cap fixings. The padlock allows the connectors to be securely locked to prevent accidental un-plugging of equipment while the improved secure cap fixings prevent them being lost or damaged.

Designed for powering control equipment in hazardous areas, the plug-and play connectors promote the safe and rapid installation, service and replacement of control equipment, enhancing productivity and uptime. Customer feedback shows reduced hook-up time continues to be a vital contribution to achieving cost savings and increased productivity.

Ideal for both offshore and onshore application in oil and gas operations and other environments with explosion hazards, the new ControlEx maintains many of the original features of earlier models. These include a variable keying system to prevent accidental cross-mating, modular gold plated field-crimpable inserts for ease of wiring and an easily inspected flameproof barrier seal.

ControlEx embodies over 20 years of experience in plug-and-socket manufacture. Machined from marine grade stainless steel, the connectors provide unrivalled durability in hostile environments. The equipment is ATEX, IECEX, GOST and NEC certified, Exd rated with an ingress protection rating of IP66/67 and industry leading DTS01 deluge protection. Flexibility and efficient stock holding is assured with multiple inserts being available allowing bodies to handle up to 60 cores.

As part of the world-wide Hubbell electrical group, Hawke International products are available, with full technical support, from branches and distributors on every continent. Detailed technical literature, on this and other Hawke equipment for cable termination, connection and enclosure is available on request from Andy Tindall ( or by telephoning +44 (0)161 830 6626. A PDF information sheet is on the web at

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Andy Tindall, Tel. +44 (0)161 830 6626
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Hawke International, Oxford Street West, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL7 0NA, UK

Sales: +44 (0)161 830 6698

Marketing: +44 (0)161 830 6691

Release issued: July 18, 2014

Additional Facts

The ControlEx is complemented by the InstrumEx and PowerEx ranges of connectors.

InstrumEx is an extremely robust compact connector for low power and instrumentation which can be connected and disconnected, while energised, in a hazardous area without the need for a hot work permit. With an integral cable gland and simple design, the InstrumEx is a cost-effective solution for many instrumentation requirements. The PowerEx extends the range to higher current applications, with connectors rated to 780A and capable of terminating cores from 630mm2 to 680mm2.

To further increase the flexibility of the Hawke Ex solutions, the full range can be ordered pre-wired to client specification. Skilled engineers will terminate and test any Hawke connectors, to be supplied complete with certificates as the ultimate plug-and-play solution. On-site termination can also be arranged upon request by our CompEx trained termination team.

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Fourth generation ControlEx connectors

Hawke ControlEx connectors are ideal for both offshore and onshore application in oil and gas operations and other environments with explosion hazards.

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