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Connector Insights from iCONN

Matching Flex Circuits to Connectors

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon, January 10, 2022

With the increasing demand for high-performance I/Os and the miniaturization of devices and packaging, flex technology just makes sense. These sophisticated circuitries represent an alternative to traditional wiring, allowing for better current carrying capacity and heat dissipation due to their flat design. Thanks to their pliability, a flex circuit can also be molded around tight areas while reducing the need for bulky wires, thus enabling product teams to work more easily around spatial constraints.

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What is Selective Soldering and When to Use It?

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon, December 20, 2021

Soldering is a technique used to affix two metal surfaces mechanically and electrically — for example, flex circuits (also referred to as printed circuit boards (PCBs) and electrical connectors. The process involves a metallic material called solder and a heat source to melt the solder, thus creating a joint between the two metal parts.

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Molded Cable Assembly Materials in High-Temperature Applications

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon, December 6, 2021

At iCONN Systems, we combine advanced rapid prototyping technology with a maverick team of design and manufacturing engineers to overcome the most extreme environments on the planet, including applications that involve direct exposure to flames and temperatures as high as 260⁰C (500⁰F). Let’s take a closer look at how we carefully select materials for molded cable assemblies in high-temperature applications (environments that exceed 60⁰C (140⁰F). Bring on the heat!

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What Happens When Traditional & NiobiCONN Contacts Are Energized in Water

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon, November 22, 2021

Society uses electrical connectors every single day to power computers, charge devices, transfer data and more. But rarely do people stop to think about how connectors work or what makes a traditional electrical connector different from those designed for extreme environments, like undersea cables submerged tens of thousands of feet below the surface. While the overall design of such specialized connectors is mission-critical, electrical engineers understand that a connector’s contacts will ultimately make or break a circuit.

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Connector and Cable Assembly Customization Options

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon, November 8, 2021

Custom1Scour the web for a reliable interconnect solutions provider, and you’re sure to turn up dozens of manufacturers, each with a catalog of turnkey solutions to meet your application needs. While many product lines offer the performance and reliability to align with your specifications, there are certain situations that warrant a customized connector and cable assembly solution — especially if standard parts fail to meet the demands of an application.

Customizing a connector and cable assembly gives product teams a variety of options for how to enhance the performance of a solution. However, the benefits go far beyond performance alone.

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Why a Vertically Integrated Cable Manufacturer is Best

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon, October 25, 2021

If an organization is vertically integrated, that means it has taken direct ownership over all or part of the supply chain for its products to increase the quality and efficiency of production. Understandably, becoming a vertically integrated cable manufacturer doesn’t happen overnight. It requires years of strategic investment in technology and infrastructure to gain more control over the value chain.

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Data/Upload & Download Speed Testing of Cable Assemblies

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon, October 11, 2021

Cable assemblies are designed to either transmit power, data or signals. To ensure that solutions perform according to the specifications of the intended application, a variety of cable assembly tests are performed during the manufacturing process. Tests can vary depending on the type of cable and the priority level of the application—the more mission-critical the equipment, the more rigorous the testing.

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octiCONN™ Connector Series vs. niobiCONN™ Custom Series

Posted by Robert Czyz on Mon, September 27, 2021

NiobiConTM Technology has completely changed the cable and connector game, especially for electronic applications that are underwater or in wet locations.

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Shielded Cables and Connectors in Mission-Critical Applications

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon, September 13, 2021

Shield-ConnectorsCertain environments are notoriously harsh on electrical equipment, creating unique challenges for product engineers, particularly when it comes to selecting cable and connector assemblies. Design teams are quick to consider elements such as resistance to extreme temperatures, dust and water ingress, chemicals, and mechanical stress, but one menacing factor often gets overlooked — electromagnetic interference (EMI).

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When Should You Use Braided Cables?

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon, August 30, 2021

In 2020, the average number of connected devices was 50 per household. As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to proliferate, a new challenge has quietly taken hold of the electronics market — The Interference of Things. More specifically, the electromagnetic interference (EMI) of things.

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