A-Z of electrical components: C – Components

5 10 2011

There is a range of electrical components available nowadays. These can be used in a variety of industries as part of intricate and complex machinery. But what are electronic components? How can we use them in the modern world?

An electronic component can refer to any part of an electronic system used to affect the flow of electricity – the electrons – in a desired manner to produce a specific outcome.

Components are made to be connected together in order to create an electronic circuit. A printed circuit board is central to this process.

Printed circuit boards support the electrical components using conductive pathways. They are used by most commercially produced electronic devices.

What are Electronic Connectors?

Electronic connectors are a type of electronic component. Their primary function is to join electrical circuits together.

Machines or devices that require connectors are often dependent on the electrical current to operate.

This means that they have to be specific to the device in which they are used as well as reliably connect the circuits for smooth operation. Other specific requirements will differ depending on what industry they are being used within, but high durability is usually high on the list.

Military, aerospace and telecommunications sectors tend to require robust electronic connectors. This is in order to ensure they can withstand the high pressure conditions they may be exposed to.

Electrical Connector examples

Heat Seal, Industrial Circular, Industrial Rectangular, Military Audio, Military Circular, PCB Connectors are some of the most widely used electrical connectors.

Electronic Component Suppliers UK

For additional details on electronic components and to see the vast range of connectors which are available, visit www.challengercomponents.com

Challenger Components Ltd offer electronic components from a variety of trusted and established brands such as 3M, Amphenol and ebm-papst.

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