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Specifying a connector to meet the environmental conditions of the application

Author : David Phillips, binder UK

06 October 2021

As electronics technology continues to find applications in “difficult” working environments, the need to specify the right electronic connector for the job has never been more important, says David Phillips of binder UK.

When it comes to designing and specifying any type of electronic and electrical connector, there are fundamental choices to be made – mainly concerning the electrical and physical features required for the application. 

The current, voltage and the number of contacts, together with the cable diameter, level of shielding and environmental protection required, all have a direct influence on the connector choice. The physical characteristics relating to how the connector will be terminated, the method of mating, and the space available both inside and outside the product are also key.

Here, David Phillips will concentrate on environmental protection, contact choice, and mating systems.

Read the full article in DPA's October issue

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