A-Z of electrical components: M – Modular connectors

2 11 2011

Modular connectors usually come in four different sizes of; 4-, 6-, 8- and 10-position, with a position being a location for a contact. They are universally popular in the electronics industry due to their versatility.

They are generally small and easy to use, giving them a notable advantage over other types of 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.

Common applications

Items such as telephone jacks and Ethernet jacks are nearly always modular connectors. This is mainly because they are easy to use.

One prime example of a modular connector is an industrial rectangular connector, which 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.

Size matters

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. These are the main drawbacks to using this very specific type of connector.

For additional information on modular connectors, industrial rectangular connectors and several other types of connectors, visit www.challengercomponents.com

Challenger Components offer a variety of items from leading brands such as Amphenol, Nicomatic, ebm-papst and 3M interconnect. All of whom have established themselves in brand leaders in areas including static control, connector manufacturing and LED production.

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