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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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Comments
  • JohnAHind

    2 months 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

    1 year 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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Luke @ Bulgin

Connectors

June 28, 2017 08:25

Bulgin launch new applications brochure

Hi I'm Luke from Bulgin and to let you know that we have just launched a new applications brochure. The brochure is divided into industry-specific sections- demonstrating the diverse range of settings where you might find Bulgin products.

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sammyhrs

Connectors

June 26, 2017 13:12

FH63 Series, FFC/FPC connector is all action!

A unique single action lock allows a FFC/FPC to be inserted into the connector without opening the lock lever. This can be done with one hand or by automated machinery to save valuable assembly time. Search FH63 at RS.

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sammyhrs

Connectors

June 19, 2017 07:20

BM29 Series, robust, hybrid connector, delivers power and signal in a small space.

The new ultra compact BM29 board-to-board range of connectors features one of the worlds lowest stack heights in the world.

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sammyhrs

Connectors

June 19, 2017 07:13

CX Series, USB 3.1 Type- C Connector Provides a High-Speed Connection in a Compact Space

HIROSE, a leader in the design and manufacture of connector solutions, has developed a mid-mount USB 3.1 Type-C receptacle with an efficient design that offers a compact footprint to save valuable board space.

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Connector Geek

Connectors

June 12, 2017 15:15

Robust Connectors for Rail Applications

Railway rolling stock must operate in the harshest conditions, and components need to be chosen that can deliver reliability. We take a look at the HR43 from Hirose that delivers high performance in demanding environments.

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Connector Geek

Connectors

May 31, 2017 07:11

Installing Tool-Free Connectors

Phoenix Contact has just released a new family of connectors that offer tool-free installation. Based on the fantastically popular RJ45 connector, this new family is intended to make networking easier for the installer.

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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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