Electronic connectors are used to join two or more electrical circuits together by conducting electricity between them. The circuits themselves can be in the form of cable, or one can be a cable and the other can be an electrical terminal.
The three main types of electronic connectors are as follows: temporary, assembly required, and permanent. A temporary electronic connector is typically used in portable equipment where the connector’s lifespan will probably be short. Electronic connectors that require assembly are best in applications where more longevity and even the option of removal or replacement down the road is needed. Finally, permanent connectors are used in applications where they will be expected to perform in one place over the long term.
Some electronic connectors are designed to function best in particular applications, so specific materials and sizes are chosen when they are being manufactured. Electronic connectors are used in many applications, including: PCB connectors for printed circuit boards, DIN connectors for loudspeakers, and even in equipment that is manufactured to military specifications.
Alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) power can both be transferred using electronic connectors. AC power acts in such a way that the charge sometimes reverses direction. DC power, on the other hand, moves constantly in one direction. The connector does not transmit its own charge, but it allows that DC and AC charges to pass through two points with only a minimal loss of charge or distortion. The contact system is one of the most important parts of an electronic connector because it establishes the density requirements, contact forces, and other mechanical features of the connector. Read More…
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