December 2013 – In 2014, the engineers and scientists of APEX Electrical Connector Consultants LLC will treat our readers to a series of articles on connector basics. We thought it would be fun to kick off the feature in this issue with a Q&A led by Bishop’s John MacWilliams.
September 2013 – Wear issues are best addressed in the design and manufacture of the connector system. Dr. Bob explains what causes wear in a connector and how the science behind the process works, then makes recommendations to help protect against connector wear in your next design.
October 9, 2012 – RFID solutions may provide a completely new approach to product lifecycle management and value creation in the cable industry. Alexander Schmoldt of Murata explains the latest innovations and how they can transform cabling infrastructure.
Heat-shrink tubing has been a staple in the electronics industry for more than 50 years. It is used for sealing, protecting, insulating, strain-relieving, and identifying wires and cables. Today, sustainable design and technological innovations have spurred the development of new heat-shrink products that meet special requirements and expand the range of possible applications.
Dr. Bob on Hertz Stress as a Connector Design Parameter I was looking for some information in my files a few weeks ago, when I came across a folder entitled “Hertz Stress.” My mind leapt back 20 years as I recalled discussions that the concept had raised at that time. Using Hertz stress as a Read More >>
To Fail or Not to Fail, That is the Question – Act II Dr. Bob reviewed the issue of failure criteria in the previous issue of ConnectorSupplier.com. He said that two different types of failures have to be addressed: catastrophic and systematic. He attached definition to both, noting that catastrophic failure results from quality issues Read More >>
More on Supplementary Testing – Now, what else do I want to do? In the prior articles of this series, the test groups described were for the determination or susceptibility of connectors to basic failure mechanisms: Vibration/Shock—Fretting Corrosion Discontinuity or Nanosecond Events Mechanical Integrity Humidity/Thermal Cycling—Fretting Corrosion Wet Oxidation Process Degradation of Plastic Housing Mixed Read More >>