Connection Basics

Selecting the Ideal Spring-Loaded Connector for Portable Applications

Our portable devices would not be possible without proven connector technologies that facilitate miniaturization and connectivity. By Stephen Capitelli, Manager of Product Engineering, Mill-Max Mfg. Corp. Today’s electronics designers are challenged to find the right balance between reliability, suitability, and cost as they specify the components needed to create successful and competitive products. The first Read More >>

How to Create a Durable Low-Force Crimp Contact

Products ranging from appliances to vehicles feature crimp contact plug connectors that are hard to access and easy to damage. In the event of a repair, a more durable connector is needed. By Andreas Aigner, Product Development Manager, Würth Elektronik eiSos Although they are really designed for permanent connections, plug connectors with crimp contacts occasionally Read More >>

Yellow ceramic-to-metal seals surround high-reliability BeCu pins in a hermetic Micro-D connector.

Polycrystalline Ceramic Seals vs Glass Seals for Hermetic DC Connectors

Five Reasons to Consider Polycrystalline Ceramic Seals Instead of Glass Seals for Hermetic DC Connectors Rick Kalkowski, Marketing Administrator, PA&E, a Division of Hermetic Solutions Group Advancements in materials give designers new options. Even classic designs such as the venerable DC connector can be updated and improved by considering all available materials. Switching from glass Read More >>

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Six Things to Consider When Specifying Electrical Connectors for the Mil/Aero Market

Adnane Jaghmim, Tests and Measures Manager; Thibault Monet, Design Engineer; and Nataliya Mayaki, Brand Manager, Nicomatic Harsh-environment military and aerospace electronics applications require specialized interconnect solutions. The interconnect solutions for these applications not only have to withstand extreme environmental conditions, such as extreme operating temperatures, high vibration, high pressure, and exposure to water or dust, but Read More >>

Seven Levels of Interconnection (LOI) in Connector Packaging

When we integrate electronics into building and architecture environments, the number of connection points is no longer limited to the confines of a product package. By William Garver, APEX Electrical Connector Consultants LLC There are various Levels of Interconnection (LOI) in the electrical connector packaging field. At every interconnection point, at every level, there is Read More >>

Selecting an Automotive Connector Supplier

Five Things to Consider When Selecting a Connector Supplier for Automotive Applications Burt Fisher, Applications Engineer, Advanced Interconnections Corp. 1. The Company – What’s Under the Hood Automotive design engineers rely on their suppliers’ specialization and expertise to keep pace with the increasingly demanding interconnect requirements needed to support data-driven systems in connected vehicles. So, Read More >>

Five High-Frequency Connector Fundamentals

Five AC conditions affect high-frequency connector contact and performance. By Roland S. Timsit, PhD, PE, Timron Advanced Connector Technologies   Many performance attributes of electrical connectors, such as low contact resistance, maximum current, operating temperature, and others, are often described in relation to DC conditions. Under AC conditions, and particularly at frequencies exceeding hundreds of Read More >>

Roadmap 2015

UL Certification Roadmap Helps Unlock Global Opportunities

Expanding the application of your connector products for global markets doesn’t have to be complex. This roadmap of UL certification considerations will help you simplify the process. By Son Do, Staff Engineer, and Chuck Kurten, Primary Designated Engineer, UL   At first glance, navigating the vast connector market can be intimidating. With hundreds of different Read More >>

Design Issues in High Frequency Connectors

Engineering guidelines that have evolved for the design of electronic connectors over the years are based primarily on the current carrying capacity of the connector and achieving an acceptably small electrical contact resistance. These design guidelines cover key issues of optimal contact force, the selection of appropriate contact materials and surface finish to minimize mechanical Read More >>

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Seven Essentials for Rugged Connectors in IoT

The use of measuring devices to monitor and control processes is critical to the smooth operation of large systems, and it is an integral part of the future of the Internet of Things. Considerations include fiber optics, IP ratings, connector materials, and more.   Seven Essentials for Rugged Connectors in Instrumentation Applications The use of Read More >>

In Search of Standards: A Look at the iNEMI Connector Reliability Test Recommendations Project

A survey of industry experts underscores the need to develop standard reliability testing protocols for connectors.   Consistently testing the reliability of electrical connectors across types and use cases is a major challenge in the connector industry. Electrical connectors come in many shapes and sizes, and differ in use. In general, the purpose of an Read More >>

What is tribology?

Tribology and the Effects of Motion in Connectors

Tribology is the study of the science and engineering of interacting surfaces that are in relative motion, and includes the associated principles of friction, lubrication, and wear. So how does tribology relate to connector interfaces?   Although connector contact surfaces are usually not intended to be in continual relative motion, often the surfaces do experience Read More >>