Electronic Connectors – A brief guide

22 12 2011

There are numerous types of electronic connectors available on the UK market, all of which perform different functions for different environments.

Elastomeric Connectors

Elastomeric connectors, for example, require no force to insert them to their required position. They also differ from regular connectors in that they do not require soldering.

They could be classed as a very specific type of connector, and are particularly good for use within harsh environments.

Due to their flexibility, these unique connectors excel in shock and anti-vibration applications.

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.

Hybrid and Blade Connectors

Hybrid connectors and blade connectors are two of the most important electrical connectors available within the electronics manufacturing industry.

Both of these connectors have a range of important uses within the industry. Below, we have compiled a brief but informative profile on two of the most versatile and reliable connector types available on the current market.

Challenger Components

Challenger Components are specialists in the connector manufacturing industry, with 50 years worth of experience in supplying relevant and quality electronic components to buyers.

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.

For more information on the full range of products available, visit www.challengercomponents.com 



Leading figure points to enduring popularity of circular connectors

29 11 2011

A leading figure in the UK connector industry has suggested that manufacturers are tending to fall back on ‘tried and trusted’ designs in uncertain times for electronics manufacturing.

David Phillips, UK Managing Director of Binder Connectors, suggests; “A lot of market sectors are very conservative, so designers fall back on tried and trusted products.

Nevertheless, circular connectors offer good price/performance, good electrical properties, ease of mating and simple locking”.

This market analysis follows news that, judging by recent trends, connectors are getting smaller while also integrating greater levels of functionality.

But why exactly is this happening? Paul Jones, a leading product specialist, has suggested that manufacturers are making a deliberate effort to offer connectors that can handle increased levels of power and data. “There is increasing demand for computing power,” suggested Jones.

He also suggested there is a demand for “smaller interconnects. These are opposing forces and designers are having to explore the effects.”

Bob Hult, Director of Product Technology for connector market research specialist Bishop & Associates, said; “Product managers at leading connector manufacturers report demand for power connectors with increased current ratings in smaller envelopes, particularly in board-to-board interfaces used in the datacom industry.

“Although each chip may consume less power than its predecessor, systems often incorporate many more chips to provide greater functionality, upping the total current draw.”

There also seems to be a general consensus among manufacturers that engineers and companies need to specify what they need from a connector a lot more.

Decisive estimations over how much power is required, how much power they can handle and what the ultimate aim of the product is can all help manufacturers deliver the correct product.

For details on a vast range of connector supplied by leading manufacturers such as Amphenol, ebm-papst and interconnect, visit http://www.challengercomponents.com

Why use military connectors?

25 11 2011

Do you need reliable and efficient electronic connectors that can withstand any type of harsh environment? Military connectors are connectors which are specifically designed for military use. These connectors are used in a variety of ways by trained professionals within the military sector.

Connectors used by the military are described in two types of formats which include the MIL-C-26482 and the MIL-DTL-26482 formats. Of the two, the latter is the most current type. These two types of connectors offer complete protection against fluid and dust. Many circular pins come with these types of connectors. Industrial Ethernet also utilizes the same kind of technology.

There is an increasing demand for reliable connectors with military type performance specification and accuracy. Such industrial applications include control equipment used in nuclear power generation facilities and banking and security systems among others. These facilities also require the same reliability and performance as any military facilities. Electronic data from these industrial facilities also require optimum protection which military connectors can provide.

Connectors with military specifications are expected to withstand high impact shock, corrosion, and extreme changing temperatures. Materials for these types of connectors may include metal and composite among others. Because of the ability of these connectors to withstand environmental abuse, the usage extends not only for military use but also in communication, aviation, traffic control, and geophysical applications. Moreover, more and more rail transportation companies and vehicles utilise the efficiency, reliability, and durability of military connectors.

If you are worried about moisture, vibration, and changes in pressure, the use of connectors with military specifications could be the answer. These types of connectors come in different types and sizes which include the miniature size, sub-miniature size, and micro size connectors.

Install rugged, lightweight, and compact connectors made with military quality specifications for any type of industrial application. This is what you need if you want your connectors to withstand challenging conditions.

To hear more about military connectors, and a range of other connectors types, visit www.challengercomponents.com


Amphenol Launch New Mil-Spec Connector for Harsh Environments

21 09 2011

Amphenol Industrial, the global leader in interconnect systems and industrial connectors has launched a new high speed connector for use in harsh environments.

The new Amphenol Max-M12 connection system is ideal for construction machinery and equipment, forestry equipment, navigation, GPS and telematics, mining machinery and equipment, agricultural machinery and equipment and harsh environment sensors, controllers, actuators and switches.

The product is designed to withstand high vibration, high temperature and extremely rugged environments and the Max-M12 meets both IEC 61076-2-101 and SAE J 2839 standards.  Other recent Amphenol releases have included the Amphe-PPC Connector, the Amphe-BTS Power Connector and the HD-BNC series solution.

The new system is housed in an HDM 12 EX impact resistant metal shell and available as a 90 degree right angle connector or in a straight version. Both are available in 4- and 5-pin configurations with B, D and P polarity codes in line with IEC 61076-2-101 specifications and come as stand-alone connectors or cable assemblies with the option to over-mold the cable assembly.

Amphenol also produce connectors and additional electronic equipment for a variety of other sectors and applications. For details of all the products available from Amphenol and other leading suppliers, visit www.challengercomponents.com

The new Amphenol Max-M12 connector can be terminated into 0.8 mm2 (18 AWG) or 0.5 mm2 (20 AWG) wires as defined by SAE J1128 and 0.75 mm2 or 0.50 mm2 conductors as defined by ISO 6722. 

The new connection system can withstand temperatures ranging from -40 degrees C up to 125 degrees C, while maintaining a current rating of 4 A at 250 V (4-pin) and 60 V (5-pin).  The IP67 and IP69K compliant Max-M12 is dust and waterproof and resistant to high pressure and high temperature wash downs.

The dielectric withstanding of the Max-M12 is 1,000 V.  The connection is rated for impulse voltage of 1,500 V.  The connector’s electrical insulation provides a resistance of over 20 megaohms, while providing a high temperature life of 1,000 hours at 125 degrees C.

Mil-Spec Connectors: Pei Genesis

19 09 2011

Pei Genesis has a worldwide reputation within the world of precision connectors. Find out more about the mil-spec connectors.

Pei Genesis specialise in military connectors. Their mil-spec connectors include: MIL-DTL-38999 connectors (MIL-C-38999), MIL-DTL-5015 connectors (MIL-C-5015), MIL-DTL-26482 connectors (MIL-C-26482), MIL-DTL-83513 connectors (MIL-C-83513), and MIL-DTL-24308 connectors (MIL-C-24308).

Military Connectors

Military connectors have to meet the specialised requirement of army machines and guided missiles, such as small rockets to multistage vehicles. Without a suitable connector, many pieces of military equipment will not work properly.

Military connectors have to be able to withstand harsh environments such as high pressure, wind and rain, as well as other extreme combat conditions.

Connectors are also commonly required in industry and the different models include: Industrial circular, industrial rectangular, RF coaxial connectors, smart card connectors and heat seal connectors.

Pei Genesis claim to be able to build up to 12 million custom connector designs in record fast time. The company claim to be the fastest producer of electronic components in the world, concentrating hard on simplifying the cost of acquisition and customer lead times.

The company relies heavily on it’s proprietary automation service to create robust products that serve the exact needs of customers.

Military Connector Suppliers UK

Challenger Components is an expert in supplying suitable connectors for their clients’ requirements.  They can supply military connectors, as well as others more commonly used in industry such as RF coaxial connectors and smart card connectors.

A brief guide to industrial/electrical connectors

14 09 2011

Electrical/Industrial connectors are used in a wide variety of different devices within the electronics industry.

The main types of industrial electrical connectors which exist on the market include;

–          Industrial rectangular

–          Industrial circular

–          Coaxial connectors

–          Heat seal connectors

–          Smart card connectors

This particular type of connector is designed to withstand intense conditions and high vibrations. This is so that the electrical current which they are carrying is not compromised by any external influences.

Military connectors can also be used within industrial services as well. Even though they are more commonly associated with military devices, their complex construction means particularly diverse.

Devices within a factory are similar to those used within a military or combat situation, in the sense that they need to be durable and able to withstand changes in temperature.

Hybrid Connectors

One of the most durable and efficient electrical connectors are hybrid connectors.

Hybrid connectors are modular. This means they tend to be very useful for simplifying assembly, repair and future modifications.

They are also very effective in reducing equipment installation time as they help to reduce the amount of individual cable and connector assemblies.

Probably the most unique feature of hybrid connectors is the fact that they have housings, this allows for the intermixing of many connector types including power connectors, radio frequency connectors and USB connectors.

Leading connector manufacturers

Challenger Components have over 50 years of experience in connector products and a variety of additional electrical components. They also work alongside a number of leading brand names within the electronics manufacturing industry such as Amphenol, Nicomatic and 3M.

For full details of all the products available from manufacturers such as those named above, contact www.challengercomponents.com

Military connector emphasis placed on keeping it light and simple

13 09 2011

There has been a great deal of discussion lately about the important link between the electronics manufacturing sector and the military within the UK.

Plans by the British government to significantly cut the budget of the UK manufacturing sector were greeted with criticism.

The importance of the link between both sectors seems to have been acknowledged though, as previous plans to cut the UK defence budget by 15% over the next four years have now been reduced to 8%.

It now appears as though the link can be defined even more though. Leading industry experts are suggesting the emphasis is being placed on the soldier on the ground and the vehicle they use in terms of developments within electronic manufacturing.

It is clear that component manufacturers play a vital role in developing products that can enhance the UK military while being as light and easy to carry as possible.

Military Connectors are a good example of this.

The devices carried by a soldier or on a vehicle need to be interconnected and powered from a common source if possible.

Miniaturised connectors need the same performance and standards as their larger military-standard counterparts, but reducing the size can also affect performance.

Product design and development is therefore focusing on high-density terminations offered by lightweight military connector systems.

One of the most important areas of development focus is the thickness of the metal connector shell and the search for new alloys and materials to produce rugged yet lightweight construction.

Soldiers on the ground are reliant on using devices and equipment which, although complex in their construction, are easy to operate and transport.

Component manufacturers, such as Amphenol, who are involved in creating such products should be commended for matching the functions of the devices to the specific needs of the soldiers in their natural environment.

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