Focus on Industrial

  • How to Specify Signal Connections for Industrial Applications

    Aspects including: cost, environment, vibration, connector density, signal integrity, installation methods, and safety requirements should be key factors when specifying signal connections for industrial applications Loreen Katz, Product Marketing Manager – Industrial Field Connectivity, Phoenix Contact USA Where are signals found in industrial and semi-industrial settings? Everywhere. Devices such as sensors, actuators, switches, valves, and Read More >>

  • Spring Probe Connector Selection Tips

    A how-to guide for evaluating and specifying spring probe connectors Gina Prieto, Key Account Director, Smiths Interconnect Connectors that utilize spring probe contact technology offer a number of advantages over those that incorporate other types of contacts, including: enhanced compliance, blind mating, space savings, impressive cycle life (up to 300,000 cycles), and high misalignment tolerances. However, Read More >>

Industrial Products


Today’s market for industrial connectors is generally divided into 5 segments: connectors used in heavy equipment, connectors use in industrial automation and process control applications, connectors used in building and civil engineering applications, connectors used in the energy market and connectors used in machine tools, machinery and robotics. Industrial connectors used as components in different types of industrial controls account for a large percentage of the total sector. These industrial control connectors include a variety of ruggedized I/O connectors, including D-subminiatures, RJ45 and USB, as well as M style sensor connectors. Industrial connectors specially designed for use in the production equipment segment, include motherboard connectors, fiber optic connectors, terminal blocks, power supply connectors and more. These kinds of connectors, as well as other types of industrial connectors are also used on a variety of machine tools, machinery, heavy agricultural and industry equipment. Other product types found in this sector, which support the energy market and building and civil engineering for this segments include industrial grade circular connectors, RF connectors, as well as a large variety of application specific connectors.

Industrial News

High-Voltage Connector & Cable Product Roundup

This week’s product roundup highlights high-voltage connector and cable solutions from top suppliers. Newark element14 stocks ITT Cannon’s APD 4-Way High-Voltage Series connectors. Ideal for use in harsh-environment automotive, transportation, off-road, specialty vehicle, and industrial applications that require robust sealing, high vibration resistance, and resistance to engine transmission and brake fluid, these versatile, plastic, direct, Read More >>

FFC and FPC Connector Product Roundup

This week’s product roundup highlights FFC and FPC connector solutions from top suppliers. I-PEX Connectors’ DW5 two-way FPC and discrete wire connectors can accommodate 0.2mm-thick (±0.3mm) FPC cables or 34AWG discrete wire using the same PCB and receptacle combination, making them ideal for use in a variety of space-constrained portable electronics, including laptop screens. These Read More >>

How to Specify Signal Connections for Industrial Applications

Aspects including: cost, environment, vibration, connector density, signal integrity, installation methods, and safety requirements should be key factors when specifying signal connections for industrial applications Loreen Katz, Product Marketing Manager – Industrial Field Connectivity, Phoenix Contact USA Where are signals found in industrial and semi-industrial settings? Everywhere. Devices such as sensors, actuators, switches, valves, and Read More >>

New Product News Roundup: April 2018 – Part I

Summary coverage of the latest, new-to-market connector and cable products New Product News Roundup: April 2018 – Part I Interconnects, etc. Smiths Interconnect’s new Eclipta – ECL Series edge-card connectors feature innovative, high-performance, double-ended card contact technology designed to deliver the reliability, serviceability, and affordability demanded by critical, disposable medical applications, like electrophysiology catheters. Since Read More >>

Spring Probe Connector Selection Tips

A how-to guide for evaluating and specifying spring probe connectors Gina Prieto, Key Account Director, Smiths Interconnect Connectors that utilize spring probe contact technology offer a number of advantages over those that incorporate other types of contacts, including: enhanced compliance, blind mating, space savings, impressive cycle life (up to 300,000 cycles), and high misalignment tolerances. However, Read More >>

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A Changing Nuclear Industry Relies on Connectors

Opportunities are growing for connectors that can withstand radiation exposure. The term “harsh environment” takes on new meaning when we consider components made for applications that involve radiation exposure. While some of these components must also be able to withstand additional elements, such as ingress by water, chemicals, or particulates, the presence of radiation alone Read More >>

Alternative Energy

Alternative Energy Interconnects Product Roundup

This week’s product roundup highlights connectors and cables especially designed to suit the expanding alternative energy systems market. Alternative Energy Interconnects Product Roundup Amphenol ICC’s BarKlip® I/O connector conveniently distributes up to 200A between busbars, cables, and circuit boards in applications including AC/DC power supplies utilized in datacom and networking switches employed in IoT-enabled alternative Read More >>

Sustainable Manufacturing Practices Pay Off

Beyond preserving resources, green business practices can pay off in cost savings and stronger sales. By Caroline Hayes In manufacturing, there’s lean and then there’s green. Lean manufacturing is a set of principles designed to reduce waste in manufacturing. The aim of lean is to achieve higher throughput rates with minimum inventory. Driving out waste Read More >>

A Step-by-Step Guide for Rugged Connector Selection

A Step-by-Step Guide for Rugged Connector Selection in the Era of Ever-Increasing Data Speed and Miniaturization Demands By David Cianciolo, Engineering Director, Fischer Connectors, Inc. Connector selection has morphed from the old standby, “How many contacts do you need?” into a much more serious challenge. Today’s design engineers need to find ways to pump increasing Read More >>

Compression Connector Product Roundup

This week’s product roundup highlights some of the highest-performance compression connector products currently available on the market. Compression Connector Products AVX Interconnect’s 9155-400 Series two-piece battery connectors have a 4mm pitch and a unique angled contact lead-in on both sides, which, unlike most other connectors in this category, allows pluggable devices to engage from either Read More >>

Circular Connector Product Roundup

This week’s product roundup highlights some of the highest-performance circular connector products currently available on the market. Circular Connector Products NorComp’s M12 Series connectors are ideal for harsh-environment industrial applications, including: industrial controls, automation equipment, remote process sensors, robotic control systems, and ruggedized networking and power conditioning systems. Available in shielded and unshielded panel- and Read More >>

Wind Turbine

Connectivity Solutions for Wind Energy Electronics

There’s no stopping the wind, so we may as well harvest it. By Amy Goetzman and Christine Stieglitz Wind farm installations continued to expand in 2017, with additional capacity added around the globe, notably in places like Texas, Turkey, France, the UK, and India. Wind energy contributed an annual €36 billion ($43 billion) to the Read More >>