Modular connectors – Handle with care

3 08 2011

Modular connectors are very popular in the world of electronic manufacturing due to their versatility in comparison to other types of connectors.

They typically come in four different sizes which are 4-, 6-, 8- and 10-position, with a position being a location for a contact.

A modular connector is a term given to a group of electrical connectors. They were initially used in telephone wiring and though they are still used for that purpose they have also been adapted to cover a number of other areas.

They are usually quite small as well as being easy to plug in and out of items. These intricacies give them an advantage over other types of connectors.

Items such as telephone jacks and Ethernet jacks are nearly always modular connectors. This is mainly because they easy to use. A number of the cables which can be found as part of your internet and telephone wiring systems will include modular connectors for example.

An industrial rectangular connector is an example of a modular connector that combines different contacts for application specific design and use.

There have been some issues with the plastic retaining spring clip on modular connectors which can be broken off quite easily. If this happens, it means that there is a real possibility that it can fall out of the wall jack.

The size of modular connectors gives them a unique edge in terms of how easily they can fit in and out of slots. Unfortunately though, it also means that they are more susceptible to problems such as breaking and snapping easily.

For more information on modular connectors and all other types of connectors, visit www.challengercomponents.com. There is a range of leading manufacturers to choose from including Amphenol, 3M and ebmpapst.

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