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Industrial Plugs & Sockets

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Industrial Plugs & Sockets

Industrial plugs and sockets make it possible for electrically charged equipment to be hooked up to an alternating current power supply. There are many kinds of electrical sockets and plugs, and they are classified by the connector, size, shape, rating and voltage.

Usage and Application

Industrial sockets and plugs have been in use since the late 1890s and were created to replace the old light socket connection so it is easier to use. As the years have gone by different kinds of plugs and sockets were developed to provide extra functionality, electric shock protection and convenience.

There are nearly two dozen types of plugs and sockets used today, and even older, obsolete versions are used in old buildings. However, development and technical standard coordination has led to the development of plugs and sockets so they can be used in different areas.

Types

Some sockets are designed for a specific type of plug, while others are compatible with different types of plugs. In addition, adapters have been specially designed so plugs and sockets can be used safely. However, this is only guaranteed if you use an approved adapter because using incompatible sockets, plugs and adapters is dangerous.

The plug refers to the connector that is connected to the device mains cable, while the socket is set on the structure or the device and joined to an energised circuit. The plug may have pins, blades or prongs that fit in a socket’s holes or slots.

Different types of sockets are available but they are all built to stop exposure of energised contacts. You will also find some sockets have exposed contacts but this is for grounding purposes only. Socket and plug systems today have several safety features built in that protect users from making contact with the energised conductors and suffering an electrical shock.