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Connectors

From the smallest board-mount header to the largest power plug, the world of connectors encompasses one of the most diverse product ranges of any industry.

 

 

Connectors are an essential component in almost every electrical and electronic device in the world. They are called upon to deliver power, signal and data in some of the most demanding environments, whilst modern trends require them to be smaller and more compact for each new generation of equipment.

Connector manufacturers are constantly developing new techniques, using innovative materials and creating fresh designs to make connectors more capable, more robust and more cost effective. In this design centre, we look at some of the most exciting developments in connectors and see how they could transform your new design.

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Molex UK

Connectors

November 28, 2016 09:20

The Benefits of Overmoulding

In recent years, over-moulding has played an important part in the changing functionality of cable assemblies, enabling engineers to adapt their designs to suit the challenging requirements of demanding applications.

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leonie

Connectors

July 18, 2016 10:21

USB-C cable assemblies and connectors from Molex

Add the latest in next generation USB-C 3.1 protocol to your designs with the rapidly expanding range of connectors and cable assemblies available from RS and make sure your designs are bang up to date.

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  • JohnAHind

    1 week ago

    These are nice, but eye-wateringly expensive for what they are! I am finding this a lot with my designs - the BoM cost is becoming totally dominated by connector costs. When a 4-wire connector costs more...
  • clittle218

    11 months ago

    Interesting read!
  • Connector Geek

    1 year ago

    Hi Erik,

    I agree with you, the original USB connector is not the most user-friendly thing in the world.

    The USB connector is a compromise, the "Universal" nature of the specification...
  • erikfoxcroft

    1 year ago

    Being reversible isn't the main thing a new USB connector will need to make it significantly easier to use than existing ones. The main drawback with the current family of USB plugs is that they need...
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Connector Geek

Connectors

May 10, 2017 12:16

Power on the PCB with REDCUBE

The current explosion of electric and hybrid vehicles, alongside the growth of microgeneration, requires connection of high power directly onto the PCB. This article looks at Wurth's approach to the problem.

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Connector Geek

Connectors

May 3, 2017 09:51

Connecting your PCBs with SKEDD

Last year, we took a look at the new SKEDD connectors from Phoenix Contact. Now the product family is expanding, we take a look at some practical applications.

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HARTING

Connectors

April 18, 2017 14:16

Top 5 Reasons to Use Overmolded Cable Assemblies

Find out the top 5 reasons why you would use an overmoulded cable assembly today!

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Connector Geek

Connectors

April 3, 2017 15:02

How to select the right connector for your jet-pack – and other designs!

Have you ever watched a movie and asked yourself ‘could I do that?’ That is exactly what Richard Browning was thinking when he watched Tony Stark as Iron Man and decided that he wanted to make a flying suit.

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Connector Geek

Connectors

March 16, 2017 17:03

Field Installable: The secret to mastering connectors

There are a bunch of current trends that will increase our connector needs. The automated home, IoT, Industry 4.0 – they may focus on the use of wireless networks from your phone, but the network will require equipment to be connected.

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Connector Geek

Connectors

March 16, 2017 08:40

Need a connector that’s easy to install in harsh environments?

Installing or maintaining production lines in an industrial environment is not easy - the factory environment can be loud, dirty and dangerous. HARTING have developed a new version of the Han® connector that makes installation easier and quicker.

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HARTING

Connectors

February 17, 2017 15:47

Expanded circular connector family meets the growing demands of the railway sector

HARTING has expanded its family of M12 PushPull circular connectors with a number of new versions designed to meet the growing needs of today’s railway sector.

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HARTING

Connectors

February 6, 2017 11:40

Connectivity for Infrastructure of Smart Factories

When talking about the Internet of Things, there’s a lot of discussion around the specialist

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Connector Geek

Connectors

February 6, 2017 11:25

Connectors: How to reduce costs while increasing flexibility

In this article, we look at how to approach the proliferation of part numbers in the connector world, and how you can make sense of it to reduce your costs whilst increasing your flexibility.

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AmphenolLtd

Connectors

January 24, 2017 10:52

Trends in engineering applications for hermeticity

Recent developments in materials and processing technology have broadened the potential range of applications for hermetically sealed devices over a wide variety of performance engineered systems.

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Connector Geek

Connectors

January 23, 2017 14:30

Reliability with Two-Shot Moulding

LSR two-shot moulding gives Molex the capability to produce bonded connectors like the ML-XT™ Sealed Connector System, helping agricultural vehicle manufacturers to protect their valuable electronic systems more effectively than ever before.

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Connector Geek

Connectors

January 5, 2017 08:14

Connectors for Lighting applications from TE Connectivity

From outdoor luminaires to commercial refrigeration, innovation in lighting is taking advantage of broad-based technological progress.

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