Connection Basics

What are Push-Pull Circular Connectors?

What are Push-pull Connectors? Meet the Connector: Push-pull Connectors Push-pull connectors are circular connectors that have a spring-action cylindrical sleeve surrounding — or within — the integral connector housing that self-latches during mating. The connection is released through a squeeze-and-pull, rotate-and-pull, or other specific unlocking action that prevents accidental disconnection. Push-pull circular connectors are availableRead More

What are loopback cables?

What are loopback cables? Meet the Connector: Loopback Cables  A loopback cable is a diagnostic tool for testing the functionality of a physical port in networking systems. They are used to assess and resolve any issues with a network interface or network interface card (NIC) without linking to an external device. The loopback cable simulatesRead More

What are EN3645 and EN3646 Connectors?

What are EN3645 and EN3646 Connectors? Meet the Connector: EN3645 and EN3646 Connectors EN3645 and EN3646 connectors are named for European technical standards (EN). They are similar to MIL-DTL-38999 Series III and MIL-DTL-26482, respectively. They have additional requirements, specifically in terms of performance under lightning strikes and resistance to fluids. Scoop-proof EN3645 connectors were createdRead More

What are MIL-DTL-26482 connectors?  

What are MIL-DTL-26482 connectors?                                            Meet the Connector: MIL-DTL-26482 Connectors The MIL-DTL-26482 specification outlines the requirements for two series of miniature circular harsh environment connectors. These input-output (I/O) connectors are used to connect systems that require electrical power and signal, such as aircraft, ground vehicles, radar systems, shipboard applications, or mobile power-generation systems. MIL-DTL-26482 (originally MIL-C-26482)Read More

Meet the Connector: DIN Standard Connectors

The German standards organization DIN is behind the quality, safety, and interoperability of electronic components used around the world. The term “DIN connector” refers to a wide range of connectors that adhere to standards set by the Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN) or German Institute for Standardization. DIN standards for electronic connectors cover design, dimensions,Read More

What are ARINC 801 Connectors?  

What are ARINC 801 Connectors? Meet the Connector: ARINC 801 ARINC 801 connectors are precision fiber optic, multi-channel connectors and termini designed for harsh environments and high-speed, high-performance data transfer. They comply with ARINC 801 specifications and 38999 Series III standards. They feature removable alignment sleeve retainers and have the advantage of fitting standard D38999Read More

The Universal Genius of M12 Connector Technology

When it comes to sensor and actuator applications, the M12 circular connector with A-coding is the first choice. Regardless of whether it is a matter of transmitting signals, data, or electrical power, M12 connectors have become indispensable as an interface for device networking. M12 circular connectors have become the common standard for industrial plug connections.Read More

What are 3D-Printed Connectors?

What are 3D-printed connectors? Meet the Connector: 3D-Printed Connectors  From EVs to drones to autonomous robots and more, electrification is creating a demand for connectors that can be produced quickly and economically in small volumes. Suppliers are filling that need with 3D-printed connectors. Typically, the process of manufacturing electronic connectors involves injection molding. Creating theRead More

What are LVDT sensors?

Meet the Connector: LVDT sensors An LVDT (linear variable differential transformer) is a commonly used metrology tool. It is referred to as a sensor or transducer (a device that can transform one form of energy into another). In this case, it transforms linear motion into an electrical signal. Use of an LVDT is a highlyRead More

Harsh Environment Connectors: Standards vs. Real-World

Technical or MIL-Spec standards are often the minimum criteria for compliance. When the real expectation is performance beyond a standard, innovative, faster, and longer-lasting components are needed. Aerospace, defense, and industrial customers continually raise the bar for their performance requirements for rugged duty and harsh environment connectors. Not only must the current requirements be met,Read More

What are Expanded Beam Connectors?

Meet the Connector: Expanded Beam Connectors Datacom and telecom systems originally relied on physical contact fiber optic connectors, which worked well in data centers and other controlled, protected locations. As the need for this type of connection extended to rugged environments, such as civil and military aerospace, military ground applications, naval systems, industrial sites, andRead More

First Mate Last Break Connectors Boost Safety and Reliability

A surgical device manufacturer needed a connector with a mixed configuration of power and data contacts to pair with a 12-foot silicone overmolded cable assembly, making autoclave sterilization difficult. FMLB connectors met the challenge. To choose the best connector for a medical device, a designer must move through a maze of often conflicting requirements. ARead More

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