RIB® Current Sensors Just Make Sense

July 25, 2017
Tech Tuesday

Do you remember when spark plugs, an oil filter, and other critical engine components could be easily accessed by simply opening the car hood? Well I don’t, but my Dad calls those the “good old days.” Routine car maintenance and oil changes were so much simpler and less oil was spilled! That simplicity points directly to quality product engineering, and our RIB® split core current sensors were designed with just that – quality engineering right here in America. We take pride in the meticulous designing of our products, and we have the customer feedback to support it. Continue reading to learn about the features and benefits of our split core current sensors, and how they stack up against the competition.

Product Size

When it comes to installing any of our RIB® products, the end user certainly takes size into consideration. In most cases, the smaller the product, the easier it is to install. As you can see below, our split core current sensors are smaller than your standard business card. In fact, it will completely hide behind one! About as deep as a couple packs of your favorite chewing gum, these split core current sensors are sure to fit in a junction box with room to spare.
RIB Split Core Current Sensor Size

Core Opening

Taking into consideration the size of the split core current sensors, we wanted to make the method of opening the split core as easy and space-saving as possible. That led our Engineering Team to develop a slide opening, as compared to a hinged opening, to insert a wire to be monitored.

RIB Split Core Current Sensor Slide Opening

As you can see, at least an inch of extra space will be enough to open the split core to then route the load wire through the current sensor opening.

RIB Split Core Current Sensor Slide Opening

With such a small current sensor and an intuitive way of opening the split core, how could this product get any better? We found the way!

Ratcheting Wire Clamp

Another great feature of the RIB® current sensors is the integrated ratcheting wire clamp on the housing. Let’s suppose the current sensor is being used in a spacious enclosure on a short length of hanging wire. To keep the current sensor from sliding around on that wire, a wire clamp may be tightened against the wire. Now the current sensor can be installed on a vertical run of wire and not slide down! The opening of the split core current sensor can monitor a wire that is up to half an inch in diameter, which can take you into the 0-gauge wire size, depending on the wire insulation thickness.

RIB Current Sensor Wire Clamp

The next time you’re hunting for a dependable current sensor to install in your project, consider the RIB® split core current sensors. They are sure to meet the requirements and are engineered with the end user in mind! If you have any questions at all, feel free to give us a call or shoot over an email – we’ll be happy to help.


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About the Author

Meet Samuel Klennert – you can call him Sam. He was born and raised amongst the farmland of Indiana, which included corn, soy beans, and sometimes wheat. Sam graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelors degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology in 2015. He has a focus in analog circuitry and power electronics, but he’ll give digital a try from time to time – just not that digital witchcraft!

Outside of work, Sam enjoys outdoor activities including (but not limited to) hiking, mountain biking (or just really-big-hill biking), and camping. Call Sam for tech support today – he aims to please and will give his best effort to any task at hand!