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Connector Insights from iCONN

How Custom Circular Connectors Save You Time And Money

Posted by iCONN Systems on Tue, August 30, 2022

Few details will influence a product's success as significantly as its electrical design. Customers often need turnkey solutions that are both rugged and field-installable. While more affordable off-the-shelf connectors can meet a variety of application specifications, it's not uncommon for this combination of attributes to require customization, which may increase the upfront cost of ownership.

Custom circular connectors may cost more upfront but can significantly enhance lifespan, reliability and usability. This article will help you understand your many options for power and data connectors and how specific design details can impact lead time, cost of ownership and ROI.

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Biotechnology Trends Transforming Patient Care

Posted by iCONN Systems on Thu, August 18, 2022

The global pandemic accelerated both the development and adoption of biotechnology — a field of research as impactful as it is controversial. Biotechnology trends are transforming modern medicine, enabling doctors to diagnose, treat and care for patients with greater speed, safety and effectiveness.

Here are the top trends with the greatest potential to reshape the patient experience and the future of healthcare.

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The Future Of Manufacturing Automation

Posted by iCONN Systems on Wed, July 6, 2022

Disruption is a powerful driver of innovation. Few enterprises can attest to this fact as vehemently as those in manufacturing. Between the massive skills and labor shortage, consumer demand for greater customization, shifts toward high-mix/low-volume production, and rampant issues with the supply chain – most manufacturers have quickly adopted automation technologies to redesign job tasks and processes.

Here’s how robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and other automated technologies will shape the future of manufacturing for the better.

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5 Amazing Innovations In Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

Posted by iCONN Systems on Fri, May 27, 2022

Between the sheer inaccessibility of the deep sea and its many dangers for a human operator, underwater environments represent the perfect testing ground for autonomous vehicle technology. One of the greatest challenges engineers have faced in this endeavor involves the volatile relationship between electrical parts and water. Sophisticated machines require a sophisticated power source that neither limits exploration nor puts technicians and equipment at  risk. To fully understand this sentiment, it’s important to recognize the amazing innovations in unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) and the applications driving the need for more reliable electrical connectivity.

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3 Trends Transforming Food & Chemical Processing Plants

Posted by iCONN Systems on Mon, May 2, 2022

 

From logistical bottlenecks to supply chain disruption, the global pandemic acted as an accelerant for digitization and virtualization in food and chemical processing. Today, manufacturing leaders have their sights set on optimizing processes, improving sustainability across the supply chain, and revolutionizing the industry — all through new and emerging technologies. To perpetuate transformative changes and improve operational resiliency, processing plants are phasing out legacy systems for more advanced and scalable infrastructures. A fundamental part of their proactive approach involves greater investment in new operational technology (OT), such as specially-designed cable assemblies and connectors for food and chemical processing plants. Here are three forces driving major changes in processing plants.

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How To Find The Right Underwater Connectors For Your Project

Posted by iCONN Systems on Wed, March 30, 2022

Wet-mate connectors are the linchpin of a successful underwater application. Unless you identify the right subsea connectors for your project, it could be dead in the water — or, at the very least, require frequent, expensive repairs.

To prevent that, let’s review the typical options available for underwater connectors, the benefits and shortcomings of each, and what considerations should be key to your decision-making process.

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How to Design for Manufacturability

Posted by iCONN Systems on Mon, March 14, 2022

When it comes to product development, the devil is in the details. From cost and volume to production time and distribution, the numerous variables involved in every decision mean even the smallest issue with design can quickly push a project out of scope. That’s why designing for manufacturability is mission-critical for product teams.

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Considering Injection Molding Services? Here’s What You Need To Know

Posted by iCONN Systems on Mon, February 21, 2022

If you’re considering injection molding services, you’re already aware that this process allows design teams to achieve greater specificity at higher volumes. What you might not realize are the advantages of choosing to work with a service provider versus producing injection molded parts in-house. Here’s what you need to know.

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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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