contacts

Skip the Pins: Contactless Connectors Expand Design Flexibility

Delicate connector pins can be a point of failure. New contactless designs for industrial applications resist wear, damage, and ingress and transmit power and data across open air. A new wave of contactless connectors is delivering power and signal without pins or contacts. While this concept seems to defy the traditional definition of connectors, whichRead 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

What are pin headers?

Meet the Connector: Pin Headers Pin headers are a type of electrical connector that consists of one or more rows of metal pins or contacts molded into a plastic base. They serve as a bridge between various elements in an electronic device, enabling the distribution of power, data, and signal throughout a device. They can connectRead More

Surviving the Challenges of Environmental Monitoring: Rugged Connectors for Sensor Technology

Sensors are on the front line of an application’s exposure to harsh operating conditions. Specifying the right connector for sensors ensures reliability and performance for the entire sensing system, even under duress. Detection of environmental conditions requires connectors for sensors that can survive the harshest situations. Temperature fluctuations, airflow and air pressure, high vibration, corrosiveRead More

The Basics of Electrical Connector Manufacturing

Understanding how connectors are manufactured can help designers and engineers make the right choices for their product designs. Electrical connectors play a huge role in the ability of electronic devices to perform complex functions in a wide variety of applications. Connectors are continually adapting to accommodate technological advances, meet new standards, withstand harsh conditions, andRead More

Five Keys to Selecting the Right Contacts Manufacturer for Smart Devices

The growing benefits and functionality offered by connected or intelligent devices has led to the proliferation of smart connectivity in all sectors. Precision contacts are key to design success. Keys for Selecting an Electrical Contacts Manufacturer for Smart Devices Smart connectivity has become an important function in a vast range of devices. The interconnects thatRead More

Improving Device Reliability with Spring-Loaded Contacts

Spring loaded contacts, commonly called pogo pins, are essential in many electronic devices because of their excellent durability, tolerance, and wide range of applications. As the growth of the device market continues, these contacts are finding more use than ever. Spring-loaded contacts or pins, also known as pogo pins, are not just the preferred contact,Read More

Spring/Pogo Pins Product Roundup  

This week’s Product Roundup highlights spring/pogo pins from leading connector manufacturers and suppliers. Spring/Pogo Pins EDAC’s spring-loaded contacts maintain connection in environments with vibration to provide stable current flow. Magnets increase the reliability of the connection and provide polarization. Precision machining ensures a high quality, low resistance, compliant connector that works well with demanding applicationRead More

Implantable Medical Devices Depend on High Quality Connectors

The cables and connectors used in medical devices are based on common design rules and similar products are used in other markets. However, they are tailored to the unique demands of medical applications and are heavily scrutinized throughout production. Understandably, safety and reliability are at the forefront of considerations for implantable medical devices. The cablesRead More

Headers Product Roundup  

This week’s Product Roundup highlights headers from leading suppliers. Headers Avnet supplies Molex’s MX150 sealed and unsealed connector system. This field-proven platform offers high-quality, reliable connections in harsh environments to support compact automotive and commercial vehicle applications. With an USCAR interface, class 4 temp ranges (-40 °C to +150 °C), a 22.0 A current rating,Read More

Advanced Machining Solutions Achieve Precision Lead-Free Metal Alloy Connector Parts

The search for lead alternatives has brought great innovation to metal work for use in electronics. Learn about advanced machining processes that produce high-quality, precision connector components. By Massimiliano Domeniconi, Vice President of Machine Sales, Mikron Corp. A few years ago, when the first stages of the European environmental law RoHS (Restriction of Certain HazardousRead More

Strain Hardening Adds Strength to Metal Alloys

What doesn’t break metals makes them stronger. Learn how the strategic application of stress increases strain hardening and strength in metals. Strain hardening is a common method for improving the strength of an alloy. This process, also called cold work and work hardening, uses deformation to increase the strength of the metal. By subjecting theRead More

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