Harsh Environment

Cord grips

Five Add-Ons That Improve Cord Grip Performance in Industrial Applications

Cord grip add-ons offer increased protection and reliability in harsh industrial conditions By Mark Sweeney, President/COO, Remke Industries   Add-ons for standard cord grips allow designers to quickly and easily improve the performance of industrial electrical connectors in a broad range of applications. Add-ons can address application demands including environmental protection from problems such as Read More >>

Rugged Industrial Interconnects: The Design Behind the Description

Connectors that exhibit the rugged, high-reliability performance characteristics required to withstand hazards including shock, vibration, and high mating cycles in harsh industrial applications don’t happen by chance. Design features including contacts, plating materials, and insulators are critical to achieving and selecting rugged industrial interconnects.   Analyzing the Factors that Determine Industrial Ruggedness Levels Contacts, plating, Read More >>

Commercial dump truck

Ruggedizing connectors for harsh conditions

In heavy industries, vibration, temperature extremes, chemicals, and fluids take their toll on electrical systems. Just one small leak or fault in an electrical system can stop farming operations, cripple a military vehicle, or immobilize a fire truck. Harsh environment connectors feature several design elements to help protect connections. These features include durable contacts, watertight Read More >>

“Naked” IDCs as Workaround Solutions in Extreme Environments

End products intended for use in harsh applications are often potted or overmolded to make them impact-resistant and/or waterproof. Although beneficial for the end consumer, this final encapsulation process can negatively affect the electrical and mechanical integrity of the product’s connections.    With so many connector options available, it can be difficult to filter through Read More >>

USB 3.0 cable

The 10 Commandments of USB

The increasing complexity of and demands on networks may be solved with USB technology, but to simplify installations, be sure to follow these 10 rules.   As an industrial, medical, laboratory, or field services interface, USB has many benefits that outweigh the risks. However, you can reduce your odds of disaster with simple fixes – like Read More >>

Harsh Environment Connectivity for RF-Over-Fiber

The greatest difficulty in deploying RF-over-fiber systems in military applications has been the lack of ruggedized fiber optic connectors capable of meeting the stringent return-loss requirements needed for quality signal transmissions.      Governments around the world are squeezing defense budgets to reduce spending. Defense departments are pushing systems manufacturers to provide increasingly capable and Read More >>

Auto circle

Press-Fit Connectors in Harsh Automotive Applications

Press-fit connector technology provides highly reliable, cost-effective connections for harsh automotive applications, according to AVX’s Tom Anderson.     As the electronic content in today’s automobiles continues to increase in complexity, spurred by the frenetic pace of technological advancements, so does the need for innovative interconnect solutions for printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electronic module assembly Read More >>

Downhole and Subsea Applications Require Unique Connectors

The main markets for subsea and high-pressure connectors require unique designs that mate when submerged, plus fiber optics and hermetic assemblies.   When designers think about exotic applications, they might think about deep space. However, these are gentle applications compared to the severe environmental requirements for connectors used in downhole and subsea projects, where temperatures can exceed Read More >>

How to series

How to Specify Connectors for Downhole Applications

Demanding requirements for downhole applications start with high pressure and high temperature and go on to encompass many other factors. Here, AMETEK reviews the main considerations for choosing a connector for these harsh applications.   There are few environments that test the extreme functionality of a harsh environment connector more than those found deep down in an Read More >>

Amphenol brush terminal

Amphenol High-Vibration Brush Terminal Series

The Amphenol high-vibration brush terminal series offers zero fretting and is ideal for harsh environments, withstanding up to 100,000 mating cycles. Amphenol Industrial Products Group now offers a revolutionary high-vibration brush terminal series designed to withstand harsh environments. By intermeshing two small wire bundles together, a superior electrical connection is made with 14 to 70 Read More >>

ODU AMC High-Density Connectors

The ODU AMC High-Density connectors offer a complete high-speed solution for harsh military applications.   ODU launched the ODU AMC High-Density connectors in the European market. ODU AMC High-Density is an advanced miniature USB 3.0 high-speed connector solution designed for harsh-environment applications. It is used extensively in soldier communications and Future Soldier Systems that require significant weight and space Read More >>

Special environmental connectors

Five Connector Specs to Combat Environmental Issues

There are simple ways to customize a connector’s performance to better withstand harsh environments. Remke examines the five connector specs that combat environmental issues.   When establishing electrical connections in harsh environments, standard cable connectors and assemblies often don’t cut it. There are simple ways, however, to customize any connector’s performance. Common environmental issues for connectors Read More >>