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.
Sponsored by Molex
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.
Latest Activity Stream
1 week 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...
11 months 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...
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.
February 17, 2017 15:47
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.
February 6, 2017 11:40
When talking about the Internet of Things, there’s a lot of discussion around the specialist
February 6, 2017 11:25
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.
January 24, 2017 10:52
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.
January 23, 2017 14:30
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.
January 5, 2017 08:14
From outdoor luminaires to commercial refrigeration, innovation in lighting is taking advantage of broad-based technological progress.