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Connector Insights from iCONN

What You Need to Know About a Shielded Cable Connector

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , April 27, 2020

Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) occurs when electric currents, magnetic fields, and radio frequencies disrupt the energy flow of nearby electrical circuits. The most common offenders of EMI include computers, wireless devices, power lines, microwave equipment, and high-frequency electronics.

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What to Expect From Your Interconnect Solutions Provider

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , April 13, 2020

Choosing the right cable and connector assemblies for your product will ultimately factor into its success or shortfall. As such, we encourage development teams to take their time, think through their needs, and choose an interconnect solutions provider wisely. Here’s what you should expect from a trustworthy, experienced manufacturer.

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The Benefits of iCONN’s New i12 Plastic Connectors

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , March 30, 2020

On a quest to engineer electrical connectors that strike the perfect balance between quality, cost and performance, iCONN Systems Inc., took one of its top-performing product lines and made it more cost-effective. Introducing, plastic i12 connectors, the newest member of the i12 connector series.

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What is Soldering?

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , March 16, 2020

Google “What is soldering?” and thousands of answers will flood your screen in less than 1 second. Consider this your quick and easy guide to soldering as it relates to electronics. Soldering is a fundamental technique in electrical manufacturing that fills two needs with one deed. First, it serves as a strong mechanical connection between wires and electrical components. Simultaneously, the solder material acts as a conductor that carries an electrical charge from one terminal to another.

Generally speaking, the act of soldering involves melting solder material over the top of a joint (e.g., between two terminals, wires or switches) to bond the two components and complete the electrical circuit.

Solder is not a glue, and soldering is not the same as welding or brazing. Though a fast, convenient method used to affix metal components permanently, soldering uses much lower temperatures than welding or brazing, which makes the technique well-suited for delicate electronic environments.

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iCONN's CNC Machining Capabilities

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , March 2, 2020

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining is a fully-automated manufacturing process akin to robotics. Instead of human operators who manually prompt and guide machines using levers, buttons and wheels, this technology uses pre-programmed computer software to command the speed, position and movement of factory tools with little involvement from humans. At iCONN Systems, CNC machining is the secret weapon behind our advanced rapid prototyping capabilities. Here’s how it works:

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The Importance of Wire Harness Connectors

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , February 17, 2020

A wire harness is a specially-designed bundling system used to keep numerous wires or cables organized. Rather than manually routing and connecting every individual strand, wires are cut to length, bundled and clamped to terminal or connector housings to form a single piece. This compact, organized arrangement allows for drop-in installation to reduce labor time and human error, and enable technicians to fit complex wiring assemblies into small or hard-to-reach spaces.

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What is GLS Tracking?

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , January 27, 2020

Remember when ordering a product online meant never quite knowing when the package would arrive? Today, distributors like Amazon and UPS can tell you precisely where a package is in transit, what day it will be delivered, and even at what hour—all thanks to a technology you’ve probably never heard of: GLS tracking.

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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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