TE Connectivity Means PowerFollow article
Every electrical and electronic system needs power, but "power" means different things to different engineers. For the PCB designer, power might mean a 5 Volt power supply delivering a few hundred milliamps. But for the industrial motor designer, power might mean hundreds of amps and hundreds of volts. The engineer needs a wide selection of components that can handle the power, whatever the application. Fortunately, our friends of TE Connectivity have an extensive range of components, from connectors and resistors to filters and heatshrink, that really deliver!
Power Triple Lock (PTL) Connectors - providing 3-in-1 reliability
TE Connectivity have been designing connectors for board-to-wire applications for decades. From the very popular MATE-N-LOK family to the Economy Power series, the choice for the PCB designer is huge. However, one of the rising stars of the range is the Power Triple Lock. We have looked at the PTL before, and with good reason. This relatively new product is actually a versatile connector system that is designed to take everyday applications in its stride. The PTL delivers excellent current capability of up to 20A per circuit combined with a contact pitch of only 6mm. It features three locking systems to ensure reliable operation in everyday use, and a number of polarisation options to prevent incorrect mating.
The Power Triple Lock range is available from RS Components. Take a look at the range by clicking below:
Circular Plastic Connectors (CPC) - rugged, versatile and affordable
For more demanding applications, the Circular Plastic Connector series offers the versatility of a circular connector with the cost- and weight-saving attributes of high impact plastic. The CPC is a established and popular connector series and has been solving engineers' connectivity problems in a wide range of industries, from domestic equipment to industrial control systems. The CPC system offers the choice of different contact sizes, and even offers hybrid types that can handle power and signal in the same connector.
RS has a wide range of circular connectors from TE Connectivity including the CPC family. Click here to see the range on the RS website:
Heavy Duty Connectors (HDC) - for use in harsh environments
For demanding applications in tough environments, the Heavy Duty Connector (HDC)family is the big hitter of the TE Connectivity range. The HDC Designed to the DIN standards for housings and connector interfaces, the HDC family offers current ratings of up to 200A. The housings can be made from die-cast aluminium or hard-wearing thermoplastics to suit different requirements, and can be sealed up to IP69K for the most demandin
g situations. Over the years, the HDC family has proved itself time again in a huge list of industries, from military and transportation to power generation and robotics.
The HDC family is available to buy from RS Components. Click here to take a look at the comprehensive range of connectors and accessories:
Heatshrink products - protection for the toughest applications
TE Connectivity don't just make connectors. Included in the TE range is the Raychem range of heatshrink tubing and moulded parts. Heatshrink is made using cross-linked polymers (thermoplastics). The material is moulded and then expanded whilst hot. The cross-linking process means that, once heated again (as with a heatshrink gun) the plastic will "remember" its original shape and shink. Take a look at our video to see Raychem heashrink products in action.
Heatshrink products can be made of a range of thermoplastic materials, all with different characteristics. Some are particularly good at resisting abrasion, whilst others are good for protecting against chemicals. For our purposes, some offer really good electrical insulation, making them ideal for the power engineer.
TE Heatshrink products are avaiable from RS Components in a huge range of colours, sizes and materials. Click here to take a look at the range.
Power Relays - from trusted brand names
The TE Connectivity family includes a wide range of relays and contactors from some of the most trusted brand names in the industry, including TE Connectivity, Potter & Brumfield, AMP and Kilovac. The range includes PCB-mounted power relays and some of the largest contactors, including the massive Kilovac range with contact current ratings of up to 500A.
RS Components offers a range of power relays and contactors. Click below to see a selection of our products.
Power Line Filters - protecting vital equipment
Switching large currents can cause unwanted electromagnetic interference (EMI). Power line filters can protect vital and sensitive equipment, and RS Components has a broad range of filters from the TE Connectivity range, including from trusted brand names including Corcom.
With current ratings of up to 230A, RS has the filter for you. Click below to see the range.
TE Connectivity - the largest connector manufacturer in the world
Hopefully, you will have seen a power product here that will help you solve your next design dilemma. RS Components holds thousands of these and other TE Connectivity products in stock for rapid delivery. Click the link her to see the complete TE Connectivity range.