Contacts & Accessories

Modern Hyperboloid Contacts for Circular I/O Connectors

When choosing modern hyperboloid contacts for circular I/O connectors, the specific requirements of the application are key considerations.   Circular connectors are ubiquitous in medical electronics, instrumentation, and military and aerospace equipment. The round configuration lends itself to input/output applications that see frequent mating and un-mating. Plug and receptacle alignment is intuitive to enhance ease of use.Read More

The Importance of Contact/Housing Retention

Never underestimate the importance of contact/housing retention mechanisms. Serious issues can arise if contacts are not assembled properly or if the retention device is not robust.   Connectors retain their electrical contacts within an insulating housing. Some retention mechanisms are more reliable than others. Serious issues can arise if the contacts are not assembled properlyRead More

TE INSTALITE Molded Heat-Shrink Boots

TE INSTALITE Molded Heat-Shrink Boots reduce weight by up to 30%. TE Connectivity (TE) announced new INSTALITE Molded Boots that are up to 30% lighter than TE standard -25 boots. These high-performance molded heat-shrink boots have been designed for applications in military ground systems, aerospace, and marine. Their optimized interior geometry reduces installation time asRead More

Contact Design Considerations For Long-Term Reliability

In the latest installment in our Connector Basics series, Ed Bock of APEX Electrical Interconnection Consultants looks at the ability of a contact system to operate in spite of external contamination and contact design considerations for long-term reliability.   For those critical electrical contact applications where the consequences of failure are severe and long-term reliability isRead More

Mill-Max Crimp Receptacles

The new Mill-Max crimp receptacles are COTS alternatives to the popular mil-spec M39029 female crimp terminals. Mill-Max announced the addition of new crimp receptacles to its selection of wire termination products. The new 07XX series are commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) alternatives to the popular mil-spec M39029 female crimp terminals. The receptacles are fitted with the high-reliability Mill-Max spring fingerRead More

Dr. Bob on Gold Flash Contact Finishes (and Max Peel)

To honor his former colleague Max Peel, who passed away in April, Dr. Bob discusses gold flash contact finishes and the warning that is Peel’s Law. This article will eventually be about gold flash contact finishes, but it begins with a few words about my colleague Max Peel. Max passed away on April 16 ofRead More

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