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Connector Insights from iCONN

Five 5s Manufacturing Resolutions for 2020

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , January 13, 2020

5s Manufacturing is like mixing feng shui and spring cleaning with other Lean practices to amp up productivity and safety while preventing time, cost and resource waste. Sounds a lot like a New Year’s resolution, doesn’t it? The methodology behind 5s manufacturing hinges on creating highly-visual, systemic workflows and maintaining work conditions to achieve the following goals:

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What You Need to Know About Wire Ampacity in 2020

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , December 9, 2019

The National Electric Code (NEC) is a standard set of rules for safe electrical design, installation and inspection. Every three years, the NEC makes necessary revisions to these rules to ensure that standards evolve alongside technology. One of those benchmark years is 2020. Today, we’re focusing on the significant changes impacting wire ampacity. Wire ampacity (a wire’s current-carrying capacity) can vary greatly depending on the application and exposure to ambient temperature. If miscalculated, the risk for cable failure, fire, and equipment damage increases exponentially.

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Why Waterproof Electrical Connectors Make Sense for Your Product

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , November 25, 2019

It’s not a matter of if, but rather when will you start using waterproof electrical connectors. With our increasing dependence on technology, people expect electronic devices to go where they go. Connectors are under the constant pressure of meeting new expectations for data speed, miniaturization and durability. Most connector failures occur when a connector is not adequately designed for the environment in which it operates. Product developers no longer have the luxury of designing for one type of environment. Instead, they must consider every possible environment, whether it makes sense for the intended device application or not. Moisture can seep into the coupling and corrode contact pins, excessive temperature damages insulation, the mating mechanism fails to complete the required number of cycles, and numerous other issues can result. When it comes to extremes, only harsh environmental connectors can survive.

As the junction between an electrical source and your product, connectors are crucial elements that can make or break the user experience. They also happen to be highly susceptible to damage. If a connector will regularly or potentially be splashed, sprayed or submerged in water, the right mating components and overmolding must be in place to achieve an acceptable IP rating. Otherwise, moisture will get trapped inside the connector and corrode the shields and conductors, or cause impedance and shorting.

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How iCONN Assures Quality Products on Time, Every Time

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , November 11, 2019

We see it all the time: An unsuspecting customer is promised a delivery date, only to find that their order form for connectors, sensors or cables got lost in the shuffle or deprioritized. Mega manufacturers may have the bandwidth to offer a more competitive price, but what good is the deal if they can’t hold up their end of the bargain?

At iCONN Systems, Inc., we never want to become too big to keep our promises. This isn’t just a notion we kick around from time to time. We scale our business in a way that always puts the customer front and center. Here’s how we’ve been able to assure quality products on time — every time.

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4 Crucial Cable Connector Products for Sensor Technology

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , October 28, 2019

The automotive industry is one of the most sensor-dependent in the market. Every automatic control, temperature reading, check engine light or seatbelt reminder is the result of advanced sensor technology. However, like the road beneath an $85,000 Tesla Model X with autopilot capabilities, people often don’t consider the means that allow such revolutionary technologies to reach their potential. Sensor technology may be one of the most essential components of an autonomous car, but without advanced cables and connectors to carry signals and data, this technology is practically useless.

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How iCONN Products Help The Remote Monitoring & Inspection Industry

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , October 14, 2019

A powerful engine is nothing without plugs and lines to deliver that power. Likewise, remote monitoring and inspection solutions hinge on the quality and reliability of the cables and connectors that make advanced connectivity possible. However, development teams that wish to remain competitive in the years to come need more than just reliable interconnect solutions; they need an engineering partner with the agility and expertise to reinvent how these solutions enhance the performance of evolving remote monitoring technology. Enter iCONN Systems. Here’s how we help today’s top competitors in the remote monitoring and inspection industry become tomorrow’s greatest innovators.

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When to Choose Circular Connectors for Your Project

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , September 30, 2019

Choosing a connector to support power and data transfer in high-density applications can be challenging for product engineers, which is why we recommend working with an expert. Pick the wrong solution and you could jeopardize the integrity of your product. There are two basic design choices when selecting an industrial electrical connector — rectangular or circular. Both can be ordered or custom-created with metal or plastic shelling and a variety of options for the number of contacts, contact diameter, shell size and configurations. Both can also be mounted on a board. However, circular connectors offer certain advantages that rectangular connectors do not.

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Surprising Facts About Harsh Environment Connectors Engineers Should Know

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , September 16, 2019

Most connector failures occur when a connector is not adequately designed for the environment in which it operates. Moisture seeps into the coupling and corrodes contact pins, excessive temperature damages insulation, the mating mechanism fails to complete the required number of cycles, and numerous other issues can result. When it comes to extremes, only harsh environmental connectors can survive. Here are five facts that product engineers might not know about designing these remarkably durable electrical devices.

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How to Crimp Electrical Connectors

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , September 2, 2019

Electrical connectors are a type of hardware that affixes to a receptacle to complete an electrical circuit and deliver electricity to a piece of equipment. This connection can be between two wires or a wire to a terminal. Crimping is a process used to join wire to wire or wire to terminal. Just as the name suggests, bonding occurs when one piece of metal is deformed and compressed tightly with another piece of metal. This process does not require any soldering, and involves the following steps and equipment:

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4 REASONS A WIRING HARNESS CAN GO BAD?

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , August 19, 2019

If a wiring harness fails, causing a short or open circuit, technicians can face a real headache or worse – a full-blown catastrophe. Just imagine if the wiring harness at fault was delivering mission-critical power to a safety sensor or engine. What if the short sparked a fire? In transportation, where thousands of lives are at stake every day, it’s vital to understand what causes a wiring harness to go bad, and how to engineer around risks.

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