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Jean-Michel BourinAssembly integration time (AIT) in white rooms is one of, if not the most, costly elements of the satellite assembly process. When it comes to high reliability connectors, traditional contact systems require screws, washers, clips and the manpower to assemble it all. And then there’s the issue of reliability. You can’t typically replace a component in a satellite system without incurring significant expenses, thus forcing manufacturers to guarantee zero defect products.

So what is being done from a connector design and manufacturing standpoint to reduce costly satellite assembly integration time and maintenance? Fast locking connector designs with a simple snap-in system are now replacing traditional screw lock technology requirements. Because these designs eliminate the need for screws, washers and clips, the fast locking technology significantly shortens assembly time, saving customers up to $100K per SATCOM during the AIT phase.

The design and construction of the fast locking connector systems make them highly reliable in and of themselves, as they provide a secure base for the contact and exhibit superior electrical and mechanical characteristics. With multiple points of electrical contact, highly reliable crimps, high current handling capabilities, and extended life cycles, these designs will mate even under severe misalignment conditions, such as high shock and vibration. As a result, connector manufacturers can now offer a zero defect solution that saves customers a significant amount of money in satellite communication systems.
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