Connector & Cable Accessories News

Hyperboloid Contact Technology is Still Going Strong

From transportation to MIL/Aero to medical and more, hyperboloid contacts continue to be vital in the evolving world of electronics. Francois Robert Bonhomme invented the hyperboloid contact in 1956 in response to the need for more reliable connectors used in railway applications. By that time, rail systems had lighting and ventilation, but due to theRead More

Smart, Rugged Connectors for the New Age of Agriculture Technologies

A new age of high-tech farming is changing the way our food is produced. Pest control using drones, embedded sensors that monitor soil conditions, and LED-lit indoor vertical farms all depend on rugged connectors for agricultural equipment. Out of sheer frustration, many farmers are turning to new agricultural technologies such as drones for help fightingRead More

Custom, Semi-Custom Configurators, and Surface Treatments Create the Perfect Connector

New design, manufacturing, and processing options enable OEMs to achieve a semi-custom connector or cable assembly without the time and costs of a fully custom product. With literally millions of connectors to choose from, in every size, shape, speed, configuration, material, and function, what more could we possibly ask for?Sometimes a new material, a smallerRead More

Help Manage the Maze of Wires: Cable Clamps, Ties, Sleeves, Labels, and Other Cable Management Solutions

Cable accessories and organization tools enhance system performance and design. Cable is an essential part of electronic systems. As sensors and antennas, battery management systems, and edge computing become integral parts of electronic design, cable content is increasing in products for every market. Adding cable, however, brings more weight, volume, and the potential for electromagneticRead More

Wire & Cable Assemblies Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights wire and cable assemblies from leading suppliers. Wire & Cable Assemblies The Trexon Engineered Products Division (EP) brands offer a variety of discrete cable and wire harness capabilities that include Cicoil extruded flat cable and cable assemblies, and standard and custom assemblies; EZ Form Cable RF coaxial cable and cableRead More

May 2022 New Connectivity Products I

New-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. May 2022 New Connectivity Products I  May 2022 New Connectivity Products > Interconnects, etc. Harwin has introduced horizontal backshells for its Gecko-Screw-Lok (Gecko-SL) series of lightweight, high-reliability connectors. These backshells ensure a fully EMI/RFI shielded connection for horizontal 1.25 mm pitch board-to-cable connections. Previously Gecko EMI/RFIRead More

April 2022 New Connectivity Products

New-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. April 2022 New Connectivity Products  April 2022 New Connectivity Products > Interconnects, etc. TTI Inc. carries a wide range of TE Connectivity (TE) Industrial RJ45 Jacks with integrated magnetics. These products offer a highly integrated connectivity solution from theRead More

New Contact Plating Processes Cuts Costs, Improves Environmental Impacts

The RoHS and REACH directives, along with rising material costs, have led to innovative new processes and materials for contact plating. In the world of electronics design, great challenges lead to great innovation. Take the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Reach directives, for example. These European environmental directives disrupted decades of common processes andRead More

Connector and cable considerations when designing for CAN bus

CAN bus interfaces and modules, with a range of corresponding cable types and connector combinations, serve as the backbone of the CAN communications system. When chosen properly, they deliver performance, cost savings, and reliability. Controller Area Network (CAN) technology first appeared in European luxury vehicles 30 years ago. Since then, CAN technology has become prevalentRead More

Medical Connectors Need High Precision Medical Contacts for High Performance and Safety

High-performance medical contacts are a critical element in a connector assembly and contribute to the overall performance, safety, and functionality of medical equipment. By Lemco Précision SA Medical Contacts Used in Connectors It’s becoming more challenging to produce medical devices that balance innovation, cost, regulatory compliance, and user-friendliness. To produce effective devices that serve theRead More

Five Factors to Consider When Selecting Machined Pin Receptacles for Mission-Critical Connections

When the cost and consequences of failure are significant, machined pins and receptacles provide additional reassurance.  Machined pin receptacles are precision manufactured solutions that directly contribute to the design of durable, high-reliability connector systems. High-quality, precision-machined pins and receptacles are the very foundation of high-performance connectors used to deliver power and signal in rigorous operatingRead More

The Race to Smaller, Lighter, Faster Aircraft

The small aircraft marketplace is booming and the push to develop fully electric vehicles is driving design changes that are even trickling back to traditional aircraft. Smaller, lighter, faster — a mantra throughout the electronics industry — certainly applies to the small aircraft market. Growing demand for high-performance, energy-efficient, less-polluting aircraft is propelling the increasedRead More

Designing Connectors for the Harshest Environments

Applications that routinely experience harsh-environment conditions require connector solutions with the appropriate materials, shells, contacts, ingress protection rating, standards compliance, and assembly features. By Steve Smashey, President, SOS Engineering, Inc.; Mike Conte, General Manager, SOS Engineering, Inc.; and Randy Cameron, Director, Technical Services, Inova Geophysical Designing connector solutions for the harshest environment conditions is noRead More

How to Choose a Screw-Machined Parts Supplier for Mil/Aero Product Development

Reliable, screw-machined parts help ensure the optimal operation of connectors employed in mission-critical applications. It’s important to select a supplier that understands the unique requirements of this market. High-precision screw-machined parts are critical components of advanced interconnect products. Screw-machined parts include PCB tail pins and sockets, crimp barrel pins and sockets, closed-entry solder cup pinsRead More

Five Key Characteristics of Military-Grade Composite Cable Clamps

Today’s high-performance composite materials make it easy to dispel the misconception that composite cable clamps are inferior to metal clamps in high-reliability, harsh environment applications. Consider these five factors to select the appropriate composite clamps for your most demanding applications. By Matthew Noce, Military & Aerospace Market Manager; Mathieu Desjardins, Senior Design Engineer; Lauren Toye-O’Donnell,Read More

Mil-Spec Pins and Sockets Directly Contribute to Rugged, Reliable Defense Connectors

Precision-manufactured pins and sockets designed with both MIL specs and applications in mind provide superior reliability and durability in harsh-environment defense applications. These contacts are critical building blocks for military connectors that must perform under pressure on land, at sea, and in the skies above. By Steve Smashey, President, and Mike Conte, General Manager, SOSRead More

Rail Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights connectors engineered to withstand the various hazards of railway industry applications. Many of the rail connectors collected here are also well suited for use in harsh-environment industrial applications. Connectors for Rail Applications (Rail Connectors) PEI-Genesis stocks ITT Veam’s extensive CIR Series electrical, optical, and pneumatic multipin connectors with coaxial, fiberRead More

January 2020 New Connectivity Products

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, and connector-adjacent technologies, such as sensors and antennas. Supplier names are generally linked to product announcements and product names are generally linked to product pages or datasheets. January 2020 New Connectivity Products January 2020 New Connectivity ProductsRead More

Wire and Cable Accessories

This week’s Product Roundup highlights wire and cable accessories from leading suppliers, including cable clamps, identification sleeves, marking systems, conduit, tubing, and backshells. Wire and Cable Accessories  Würth Elektronik’s new WE-EEL aluminum grounding cable clips enable the stable grounding and fixation of cables with diameters extending from 2.5–20.5mm and exhibit less than 0.01Ω of contactRead More

Too Hot to Handle: Protecting Wire and Cables from Fire

Fire poses real risks to sensitive electronics in data centers, building structures, vehicles, and other high-density electronics applications, especially as our reliance on connectivity continues to grow. New materials designed to protect wire and cables from fire improve overall system safety and safeguard critical connectivity functions. Heat presents challenges for electronics. Components and assembled electronicRead More

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