Blackburn® Hydraulic PowerTap™ System Provides Cleaner, Safer, Easier Wedge Tap Connector Installation

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  Dec 28, 2012 — New Tool from Thomas & Betts Eliminates Need for Powder-Actuated Installation

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Blackburn® Hydraulic PowerTap™ System from Thomas & Betts is a battery-powered wedge-tap connector installation tool that eliminates the need to use a powder-actuated, fire-on style tool, resulting in minimal cleaning and maintenance. Traditional installation methods call for a powder-actuated tool to drive the wedge into the connection. The Blackburn® Hydraulic PowerTap™ System employs a battery-powered hydraulic system that eliminates the mess and expense caused by powder-actuated cartridges.

“Wedge-style connectors have proven to provide the best quality connection for overhead tap applications,” said Mike Cawood, product manager for Thomas & Betts. “We have developed a safer, cleaner and more cost-effective system for inserting and seating the wedge into place.”

The Blackburn® Hydraulic PowerTap™ System features a quick-connect coupler that allows for a fast and positive engagement between the tool head assembly and the power unit. The C-member of a wedge-tap connector functions like a spring: it applies constant contact pressure to the conductor through the expansion and contraction of thermal cycling. An integrated positive-stop valve precisely matches the PowerTap™ System’s output pressure to that of the wedge-tap connector. An audible bypass signal indicates when optimum pressure is achieved. To release the tool, depress the release lever to retract the tool head assembly from the connection; then remove the power unit from the tool head assembly by depressing the release lever on the quick-connect coupler. The Blackburn® Hydraulic PowerTap™ System is then ready for the next installation or storage.

The Blackburn® Hydraulic PowerTap™ System is available with two head sizes to cover the full range of Thomas & Betts’ Blackburn® Hydraulic PowerTap™ Connectors and Stirrups. It also features an ergonomic pistol-grip handle and a durable, weather-resistant housing.

For more information about Thomas & Betts’ Blackburn® Hydraulic PowerTap™ System, visit, and look for Blackburn® on the “Brands” tab, or call (800) 816-7809.

Thomas & Betts Corporation is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of essential components used to manage the connection, distribution, transmission and reliability of electrical power in utility, industrial, commercial, and residential applications. With a portfolio of more than 200,000 products marketed under more than 45 premium brand names, Thomas & Betts products are found wherever electricity is used. Thomas & Betts’ headquarters are in Memphis, Tenn. For more information, please visit

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