ISELIN, N.J., Feb. 27, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today introduced Snaplock, a miniature power connector series that combines high-current capability with features aimed at ensuring the strictest levels of safety. The connector was developed by VEAM/TEC, a business unit of Northrop Grumman's Component Technologies sector.

Snaplock connectors incorporate a simple, effective safety locking mechanism that can be used as either a temporary or permanent means of securing a mated pair with a non-conductive tip that prevents physical contact with the current-carrying element of the male half when the connectors are unmated. Designed for rapid connection and disconnection, Snaplock offers significant reductions in service and maintenance costs.

The Snaplock series features a self-wiping action with low-insertion forces, low-contact resistance to minimize power loss, cable strain relief and integral sealing rings for IP67 environmental protection when mated. With a voltage rating of 415VAC, Snaplock can handle continuous currents up to 200A, or peak currents up to 400A, dependent on the cable size being used. Operating temperature range is specified as -30 to +125 degrees Celsius.

Snaplock connectors are available in both panel-mounting and in-line configurations. These miniature power connectors have a maximum diameter of only 36mm, while the maximum length of an in-line mated pair is just 200mm.

VEAM/TEC is a global supplier of highly engineered, cylindrical connectors. VEAM/TEC's custom products provide connectivity for electronic and optical signals, and power in harsh environments for the transportation, entertainment, military, industrial and nuclear markets. Headquartered in Watertown, Conn., the unit has locations in New York, Italy, England, Germany and Japan.

Northrop Grumman's Component Technologies sector, headquartered in Iselin, N.J., is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance electronic and optical components and materials to the telecommunications, networking, industrial, medical and military markets. Component Technologies includes Interconnect Technologies, Kester, Life Support, Poly-Scientific, Precision Products International, VEAM and Winchester Electronics.

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