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VTE Tab-Type Busbar

VTE Inc. has introduced a new busbar design with push-on connections. Busbars are a vital part of any electrical system, but traditional units can be difficult to mount.


The VTE Tab-Type Busbar installs on average 255 percent faster than fork-type and 340 percent faster than ring-terminal-type connections, according to Pellston, Mich.-based VTE. The device is available with 10, 20 or 30 connection points, and it can be mounted horizontally, vertically and upside down, says company president Ralph Van Tielen. “Your typical ring terminals have mounting limitations,” he says. “With our product, you can get a lot more use out of the real estate under the dash.”

With a heavy-duty, GF nylon base and 1/4-inch stainless-steel connection posts, the Tab-Type Busbar is ideal for electrical power distribution and grounding applications. Each connection point is rated up to 20 amps at 12 volts DC with a maximum load of 120 amps for the busbar. It accepts 1/4-inch push-on, blade-receptacle-type terminals, also known as quick disconnect. VTE made the stainless connection posts thicker to make sure the connections remain intact, says Van Tielen. “It has a 16-pound holding force, which is 7 more pounds than the standard,” he says. To comply with ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and ABYC standards, an optional tab-type busbar protective insulator kit also is available. Offered in red, black and yellow, the kit includes a protective cover, as well as 8-2 and 18-10 gauge terminal insulators. The Tab-Type Busbar has suggested retail prices starting at $17.51. For quantities of 100-249, the prices start at $6.37 each. The optional kit is about $3. Contact: VTE Inc., Pellston, Mich., (800) 527-9256,,


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