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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November 28, 2016 09:20
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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2 months agoThese 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...
1 year agoInteresting read!
1 year agoHi 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...
1 year agoBeing 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...
June 28, 2017 08:25
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.
June 26, 2017 13:12
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.
June 19, 2017 07:20
The new ultra compact BM29 board-to-board range of connectors features one of the worlds lowest stack heights in the world.
June 19, 2017 07:13
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.
June 12, 2017 15:15
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.
May 31, 2017 07:11
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.
May 10, 2017 12:16
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.
May 3, 2017 09:51
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.
April 18, 2017 14:16
Find out the top 5 reasons why you would use an overmoulded cable assembly today!
April 3, 2017 15:02
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.
March 16, 2017 17:03
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.
March 16, 2017 08:40
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.