How to specify your system

Multichannel distribution systems are generally constructed of but not necessarily limited to the following basic building blocks:

 
Multichannel distribution systems are generally constructed of but not necessarily limited to the following basic building blocks: 
  1. Input and/or output boxes, panels and wallplates
  2. Multipin - multipin interconnect cables (C Series)
  3. Inline multipin to connector fanout (FM series)
  4. Chassis multipin pre-wired to tails (PK series)
  5. MASS Punch termination punchdown blocks and panels
  6. Labeling and engraving

Follow these simple guidelines to ensure that the system you want is the one we deliver.

  1. MAKE A DIAGRAM. Include all of the boxes, panels and cables. Specify each connector type and gender, all lengths of cables and indicate all labels or engraving.
      
  2. Follow these design rules to ensure system and connector compatibility:
    • When specifying connectors, a male connector must always mate with a female connector.
    • Male connectors are those with exposed contacts (pins) and female connectors are those with recessed contacts (sockets).
    • For Whirlwind W3, W4, W5 and W6 MASS and MicroMASS connectors which have both male and female contacts, it is necessary to change connector gender terminology to “Wired as OUTPUT” (O) and “Wired as INPUT” (I). An OUTPUT MASS connector must always be matched by an INPUT MASS connector.
  3. Remember, the total number of input and output channels cannot exceed the capacity of the multipair cable and multipin connectors you are specifying. It seems obvious but can slip by when changes are made. If you specify 32 inputs with 16 returns (48 total channels), you can't use a W3 with its maximum capacity of 40 channels.
Below, you will find the basic components necessary for specifying your custom wiring system. Follow the links and refer to the component part number charts as an aid in determining the options available when constructing your diagram.

But remember, the design of your custom system is only limited by your imagination and “wish list”. Visit the Whirlwind Custom Shop to get some ideas and view some examples of our capabilities.

In addition, our design specialists are always available to help guide you through to your dream system. Contact them at: techsupport@whirlwindusa.com or call toll free, 800-733-9473 Mon - Fri Eastern Time.