Wearable Devices Applications for the Internet of Things

Welcome to the C&K Wearable Devices (Wearables) Applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) product training module. This module will provide an introduction to some of the common switching functions required for wearable devices along with suggested switches for each application. This module will provide an introduction to some of the common switching functions requiredRead More

High Frequency SMA End Launch Connectors

Welcome to the Amphenol RF High Frequency SMA End Launch Connectors product training module. This module will discuss the basic features and benefits of Amphenol’s high frequency SMA end launch connectors. It will highlight typical applications and review the product offering. Basic technical specifications will be reviewed as well. This module will discuss the basicRead More

Training Module Part 1 of 5: Introduction to Heavy-Duty Rectangular Connectors

Welcome to the Molex Introduction to Heavy-Duty Rectangular Connectors – Part one of five product training modules. This first presentation in a five part series will review the types of applications users would use a Heavy-Duty Rectangular Connector, as well as, covering the four main components for building a complete system. It will also coverRead More

Patent Litigation Concerns and Considerations

If you feel secure because your exclusive design contains unique and patented components, you may want to think again, according to APEX Electrical Interconnection Consultants.      Patent infringement litigation is on the rise. A patent owner may view its intellectual property as a strategic asset. Although it has a limited lifespan, and may beRead More

The Rising Threat of Counterfeit Components

As the volume of counterfeit components increases in the marketplace, new solutions are needed to improve electronics supply chain integrity and stability.     As a serious challenge to today’s global electronics supply chain, counterfeiting and gray market diversion of electronics components threaten the integrity of products for manufacturers. Counterfeits and obsolete electronic components contribute toRead More

A New Paradigm in Crimping Press Design

While traditional crimping press designs work very well, manufacturing costs are often higher than desired. Rob Boyd of Schleuniger explains the benefits of a new paradigm in crimping press design.   It goes without saying that manufacturing companies want the highest possible quality at the lowest possible cost. These days, everyone is trying to doRead More

Testing Copper Cabling: Verify, Qualify, Certify

The Continental Automated Buildings Association and Communication Planning Corporation have developed a cable test guide to assist you in testing copper cabling. The excerpt below examines the types of tools available for proper testing.   Copper testing tools can be classified into one of three broad hierarchical groups – verification, qualification, and certification. There is also aRead More

A Quick Coil Cord Primer

This quick coil cord primer explains when to use coil cords and what to look for when you’re choosing products for your applications. Durability, low force-to-extend, excellent retractile memory, and high flex life are all important customer requirements for coil cords. From 12 AWG to very-fine-wire 38 AWG and tinsel, coiled cords are manufactured in single-Read More

Vibration: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

October 2013 – In a follow-up to Dr. Bob’s article on connector wear in the last issue, his colleague Max Peel discusses the challenges of vibration in both connector and end-system designs. In the case of vibration testing, EIA requirements generally include a visual for structural integrity and monitoring for a 1.0 microsecond interruption. Occasionally low-level contact resistance or contact resistance at rated current measurements are included. This is the area for review, and change is necessary but somewhat complex.

Dr. Bob on Connector Wear Mechanisms

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.

Why Copper Has Lost Its Indicator Role

April 2, 2013—Once an indicator for economic trends and equity markets, data on the metal’s prices and US equities show a directional divergence, with stocks doing well while copper isn’t, and with the economy showing modest growth. 

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