What are Elastomeric Connectors?

12 05 2011

Find out more about elastomeric connectors, what they are used for, how they differ from other types of connectors and where they are used.

Elastomeric connectors differ from regular connectors as they require no force to insert them to their required position, and they also do not require soldering.

Tyco Electronics shows these connectors provide a compliant surface-to-surface compression connector when deflected between opposing mirror-image pad patterns.

STAX is a producer of elastomeric connectors, of which the connectors are composed of alternating layers of conductive and nonconductive silicone rubber.  This type of rubber ages well so the connectors do not need to be replaced often – the rubber also provides chemical stability and electrical reliability.

Silicone rubber also provides good performance for preventing shocks and vibrations from affecting the electrical conduction.

What are Elastomeric Connectors used for?

These types of connectors can be used on most applications – these include board to board co-planar connections and even right angle connections.

These capabilities make them good in devices such as microphones, speakers, vibration motors and interboards.  The connectors have increased versatility which is useful in such applications.

To incorporate these connectors into these applications, users are required to provide deflection force and contact pad alignment.

Connector Specialist

Challenger Components is a specialist in the connector world, with 50 years experience in supplying relevant and quality electronic components to buyers.

Many of the connectors they provide come from renowned manufactures, including Tyco Electronics and 3M Interconnect.

They supply Input and Output Connectors, Backplane Connectors, Board to Board Connectors, Wire to Board Connectors, Wire to Wire Connectors, Storage Interconnects, IC Sockets, and many more.

They also provide cable assemblies and products for static control and cooling solutions.

Visit: www.challengercomponents.com for more information and to discuss your requirements in more detail.

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