Wire-to-board IDC Connectors Suit Harsh Environments
Tue, 05/31/2011 - 11:18am
AVX Corporation has expanded its 9176 Series wire-to-board connector family for harsh environment applications. Providing a gas-tight wire-to-board termination that meets stringent automotive environment requirements, the new one-position 9176 Series connector is a standalone surface mount discrete wire IDC connector which includes an integral insulation strain relief system that allows a wide range of devices to be securely and reliably connected to a PCB without soldering. The connector system reduces total applied cost when compared to either soldering or crimping, and increases design flexibility since individual contacts can be located anywhere on the PCB, according to the company. The UL approved 9176 Series connector family supports 18 - 24AWG wire termination where shock, vibration, elevated temperature as well as temperature cycling are critical parameters. The new single-position connector can be molded in specific colors to match corresponding wires, thus facilitating proper electrical connection when multiple color-coded wires are terminated. Additional, the single-position connectors can be placed in any location on the PCB to meet the design layout. Spacing the connectors further apart allows the design engineer to increase voltage separation as needed in the system design. The connector can even be over-molded or potted for harsh environment applications.