Claimed as the first device of its kind, the Series 6610 appliance outlet from Schurter Inc. uses IDC technology, enabling wires to be bussed across the terminal, thereby connecting common terminals all at once (see the figure). Traditional outlets require wiring of individual quick-connect or solder terminals. The 6610 suits use in power-distribution units and other equipment where multiple outlets are banked in series.
The outlet comes with a protective back cover to prevent electrical shock, which also serves as a “wire press” to push the wires into the IDC terminals. Terminals are arranged either along or across the connector pin axis for both horizontal and vertical mounting. The standard version accepts insulated solid wires with cross section 12 AWG (2.5 mm2). Versions with a combination of IDC connections and a quick-connect or solder terminal, for separate wiring of the line connection, are also available. The unit snaps into place and is available in versions for panels in thicknesses from 0.8 to 3.0 mm.
The 6610 appliance outlet F is constructed according to IEC 60320. It is approved by cURus at 15 A at 125/250 V ac and ENEC at 10A/250V ac, and is qualified for applications in accordance with IEC/EN 60950. Pricing starts at about 96 cents each in lots of 100.