XP StarLine - Victory Series Control Connectors

AF control connectors were first introduced in the early seventies.  Applying shell hardware from our UL and CSA listed power connectors, the AF is designed for control applications with inserts using #12, #16 and #18 AWG contacts.

In 1972, on a U.S. Navy project, the Vantage StarLine connectors were expanded to include control inserts for use in hazardous areas.  In 1974, in a landmark achievement, the AF Series was Listed by Factory Mutual for use in Class I, Division 1, Groups C-D areas.  In 1976 MSHA, then known as the U.S. Bureau of Mines, certified this connector as an extension of the BM series for use in coal mining environments.

AF Series
AF Series Connectors
  Third Party Certifications  
CSA CSA International csa
MSHA Mine Safety
U.S. Bureau of Mines
ATEX EC Type-Examination Certificate with KEMA ex

Control Inserts
Multi-pin inserts can be specified for crimp termination with contacts whose size and amp ratings are as follows:

Insert Patterns
With 16 plus inserts having 10 thru 100 contacts the AF Explosionproof StarLine stands alone as a Class I, Division 1 control connector. Inserts with the highest contact density per shell size are:

Pin - Socket Amps
csa ex
#10 AWG / 6.0 mm2 10 30
#12 AWG / 4.0 mm2 10 20
#16 AWG / 1.5 mm2 6.5 15
#18 AWG / .75 mm2 3.5 10
Shell Size Contacts
16 61 - #18 AWG
20 90 - #18 AWG
24 100 - #16 AWG

Circuit Breaking
AF StarLine CSA and MSHA listed connectors are circuit breaking, designed and tested to make/break at full rated load – an added safety feature. Watch the Flash Animation!

AF Explosionproof StarLine has been tested for service through 250 VAC / 125 VDC circuit breaking; Select inserts are rated 480 VAC non-circuit breaking.

Reverse Service
Available with all Victory and Millennium series connectors, reverse service provides electrical safety where lineside power is carried from the plug to a receptacle.

Electrical Interlock Switch
Receptacles with junction boxes are available with this variation. The normally open switch is operated automatically by insertion / withdrawal of the mating plug.

AF connectors are explosion proof and submersible! Fully mated, they will withstand 200 PSI external and 100 PSI internal pressure.

Color Coding
Plugs and receptacles are available with color coding variations for specific application identification. This coding could include the plug coupling nut and cover with matching colors on various receptacle components.

Corrosion Resistance
Designed for corrosive environments, junction boxes are sand cast, copper-free aluminum, protected by our VanGuard baked polymer finish system. Plug and receptacle shells are machined from 6061T6 aluminum and finished by hard anodizing to exceed corrosion resistance requirements per MIL-STD 202, Method 101, Condition D.

BM Control Connectors
Vantage offers MSHA certified XP connectors for instrumentation and control, tested for use in coal dust and methane atmospheres. See X/P 1344 connectors here.

Purged Systems
Victory and Millennium series NPT / panel mount receptacles, with factory sealing and flat gaskets are ideal for this technology.

Factory Sealed Receptacles

Factory Sealing
Junction box, NPT and panel-mount receptacles are pre-wired and factory sealed. No external seals are required.

Alternate Keying Options

Alternate Keying
For added safety, inserts can be keyed in alternate positions to prevent mating of different voltages, frequencies or services.

AF Attachment Receptacle

Attachment Receptacles
Sometimes called in-line or cable-mounted, they are available with backshell variations and watertight threaded covers. With this design, assemblies can be built in extension cord fashion.

AF Panel Mount Plug

Panel Mount
AF panel mount receptacles are pre-wired and factory sealed with wire leads of any specified length. Ideal for use in Division 1 purged systems and
Division 2 NEMA enclosures.

AF NPT Mount Receptacle

NPT Mount
Vantage developed NPT receptacles to thread into explosionproof enclosures. Pre-wired and factory sealed, these receptacles are available in four shell sizes with wire leads of any specified length.

Cable Assembly

Cable Assemblies
AF connectors are available as complete assemblies made to your specification and shipped to any site, ready to install.