New Slimline Test Probes Meet Current Standards: PRACTICAL TIP – CONTROL CABINET MANUFACTURE

26 October 2020
Less Time, Less Exertion, Higher Performance for Control Cabinet Manufacture

How can professional tools streamline control cabinet assembly processes?

Digitalized and automated processes now play an increasing role in modern circuit cabinet manufacture. All work steps are designed to increase efficiency and optimize processes. Yet despite all the digitalization, most circuit cabinet manufacture still comes down to hands-on assembly! The fact that over 70% of installation work relies on manual activity places more weight on optimization of mechanical component placement and wiring. Wherever stripping, crimping and measuring cables and wires are required, high-quality and ergonomic tools significantly cut time and make work processes more efficient. This is where WAGO professional tools not only help reduce defects – at the same time, they make handwork faster and easier!

Professional Tools for Every Job

WAGO tools boast a functionally and ergonomically refined design backed with quality certified per DIN standards. Tools that electricians and control cabinet constructors can trust!

Main Benefits of WAGO Tools

  • Simple, precise and safe operation
  • Time savings and process security
  • Economical and environmentally friendly

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Sheath Stripping

Fast and safe cable and wire stripping is one of the most important tasks in circuit cabinet installation. Titanium nitride blade coating for low wear and non-slip handle areas for a solid, secure grip are among the the advantages offered by the WAGO professional cable strippers.

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Stripping Pliers for Control and Sensor Cables

  • Quick insulation stripping on sensor/control lines without damage to the single strands
  • Not necessary to set cable diameter
  • Easy stripping even over longer distances
  • Long service life, thanks to replaceable cutting blades
  • For sensor/actuator cables, highly flexible TPE-U cables, PUR cables, PUR/PVC cables, PVC cables, shielded and unshielded, multi-core cables

Stripping Pliers for Control and Sensor Cables (206-1481 & 206-1482)

Cable Knife

  • 5 exchangeable cable brackets: One tool for a wide diameter range (4-70 mm / 12-2/0 AWG)
  • Clamping arm and viewing window for precise round cutting
  • Ergonomic handling with two-component grip
  • Due to unexposed blade, high safety level during and after work (pockets, toolbox)
  • Variable cable and hook blade settings for different cable types

Cable Knives (206-1403 & set 206-1400 in Sortimo box with 5 exchangeable cable brackets)

In-Socket Cable Stripper

  • Extra-long design and strengthened force transfer simplify stripping insulation in deeper distribution boxes; thereby reducing any risk of injury.
  • Strips all standard round cables: Ø 8 to 13 mm (1-3/0 AWG) e.g., NYM 3 x 1.5 mm (0.06 in.) up to NYM 5 x 2.5 mm (0.098 in.) (PVC- and halogen-free); ground cables up to to 5 x 1.5 mm (0.06 in).
  • The novel four-blade design gives you the most precise cut with less effort.
  • Integrated length scale (interior) for precise wire stripping
  • No manual cutting depth adjustment needed means no damage to conductor strands!

In-Socket Cable Stripper (206-1441)

Universal Cable Stripper

  • Simple cable guide for quick and easy longitudinal cut; especially expedient for halogen-free conductors
  • Outlined blade for stripping 0.2 to 4.0 mm² (24-12 AWG) wires
  • Universal knife with locking push knob for on-the-job safety
  • Strips all standard round cables: Ø 8 to 13 mm (1-3/0 AWG) e.g., NYM 3 x 1.5 mm (0.06 in.) up to NYM 5 x 2.5 mm (0.098 in.) (PVC- and halogen-free); ground cables up to to 5 x 1.5 mm (0.06 in).
  • The novel four-blade design gives you the most precise cut with less effort.

Universal Cable Stripper (206-1442)

Data Cable Stripper

  • Faster, easier stripping; especially for PVC-insulated data cables with thin insulation (e.g., Cat 5, 6, 7 and 8 twisted-pair cables)
  • One side for stripping the outer insulation and the other for stripping the foil shielding
  • Integrated interior length scale enables precise insulation stripping.
  • The novel two-blade design gives the most precise cut with less effort.
  • No need to adjust cut depth to the respective diameter – the specially-set blades cleanly cut through the outer insulation and the foil shielding too is accurately gripped and removed.

Data Cable Stripper (206-1451)


Our wire stripper Quickstrip Vario (206-1125) is designed to handle conductors from 0.03 to 16 mm² (32-5 AWG).

  • Automatic stripping pliers with integrated cutting function enable fast, smooth conductor handling in a wide cross section range from 0.03 to 16 mm² (32-5 AWG).
  • Adjustable partial stripping – since part of the cut insulation remains at the end of the conductor, nothing else is needed to protect the splice and the remainder is easily pulled off before final connection.
  • No ferrules needed when conductor is connected to a WAGO rail-mounted terminal block with spring connection technology
  • Fine adjustment for removing thin and thick insulation
  • Replacement blades (standard, V, oval blades) can be stored in the special compartment integrated in the handle.

Wire Stripper Quickstrip Vario (206-1125)


Crimping tools like Variocrimp 4 and 16 round out the WAGO tool program. (206-1204 and 206-1216)

  • Automatic adjustment to the conductor cross-section
  • With a squared crimp form, the conductor position needs no unwieldy twisting to connect or disconnect at the clamping point.
  • The pliers jaws open automatically after crimping.
  • Crimping can be performed from either side (for left- or right-handed users).
  • Gas-tight crimping ensures secure connections.
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Crimping Tool Variocrimp 4 (206-1204)

NEW: Slimline Test Probes – Secure, Flexible, Precise!

Because of the conductor insulation, typical test probes cannot always be inserted through the rail-mount terminal block test slots. To measure current and voltage at compact terminal blocks, previously electricians needed suitable adapters to reach measurement instruments into test slots that were often too narrow. WAGO now offers them the right solution: Optimized test probes with a 2 mm (0.79 in.) diameter that enable direct and BG-compliant measurements in CAT III and IV applications – without any additional adapters.

  • Current and voltage measurement without no adapter – with the specially developed Slimline test probe version, test plug adapters are consigned to the past.
  • The impressively small, removable test probes measure currents up to 10 A.

Available: October 2020

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Slimline Test Probes (206-912)

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