Wednesday, 7 September 2011

New product available from In2Connect - ST12 IP67 threaded coupling connector

The Pintail connector range provides low-cost, weathertight standard interconnection for industrial and marine applications.

Pintail connectors can build an indoor/outdoor interconnect system that offers the performance and reliability of MIL threaded connectors at the cost of a commercial (COTS) product. 

The ST12 (rear panel mount hole size 12mm/front panel mount hole size 14mm) series of multi-pin, threaded coupling connectors will provide IP67 integrity when mated and will work reliably indoors and outdoors where occasional submersion is encountered at a limited depth. It will also remain undamaged by the formation of ice on the enclosure and will resist corrosion.

New product available from In2connect - IDC d-sub connector

The new Conec IDC d-sub connector with stamped contacts provides a modular approach to electronic inter-connection. Outstanding features of the IDC connectors are high contact reliability, long life and low contact resistance.

These standard IDC D-sub connectors have stamped contacts. IDC technology is a solderless connection method which remains very popular in the mass production of electronic equipment.
Soldering can have several disadvantages ~ it can create thermal stress, and pretty obviously requires solder to be applied in what can be a costly reflow manufacturing process.

Insulation displacement contacts (IDCs) allow a ribbon cable to be forced onto sharp tines on the back of the contacts; this action pierces the insulation of all the wires simultaneously. This is a very quick means of assembly whether done by hand or automatically.The design these IDC dsub connectors offers a very reliable mass termination and cost effective approach to interconnecting PCBs, or wire-to-board applications.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Nicomatic Micro-flex

A very innovative new solution for Mil Aero Applications. With more and more printed ink and flex pcb circuits being used in Mil/Aero applications, Nicomatic now offers Micro-flex. 

Thanks to their double know-how in both crimp connectors and CMM 2mm microconnector developments, Nicomatic has produced an innovative new connector/flex harness solution aimed at card-to-flex connections.

This new "two in one technology" ensures a high mechnical link and electrical continuity between 2mm pitch CMM micro-connectors and flat conductor Crimpflex technology.

One of the major advantages is a small 2mm pitch that allows the reduction of space, but there is also a lower weight feature that enables replacement of the discrete wires and bulky cables still very present in avionics equipment. Nicomatic is able to reduce up to 30% weight with a solution that is thinner and lighter than a traditional cable.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

New product available from In2Connect - PC/104 Plus 22mm

PC/104 - Plus in 22mm

This new ept product, available from In2Connect, is the PC/104 and is standard for PC-compatible modules which are intermateable to set up a complete computing system. This new female ept connector permits 22mm board to board distance.
 Standard PC/104 connectors accomodate a board to board distance of 15.24mm. This was usually enough to connect two boards. However, with the ever increasing requirement to connect more components, for example heat sinks, fans and other cooling systems, manufacturers now often need a greater distance. As a specialist for connectors ept has reacted to this need and as a result is now the first provider to have a suitable connector in its lineup.

New products available from In2Connect - Conec Press-fit D-sub and D-sub right angled dual port

Press-fit D-sub connector
Another Conec product is available from In2Connect Uk Ltd. The Conec Press-fit contacts are used on PCB boards for equipment in industrial control systems, computer environment and in telecommunication equipment.

Standard or high density D-sub connectors can have press-fit contacts. Press-fit technology is a solderless connection method which is increasingly popular in mass board production.
Click here to see the product webpage for Press-fit D-sub connector
 D-Sub Right Angled Dual port
Similar to the Press-fit D-sub connector in the previous post, there is also the Conec D-sub right angled dual port connector now available.

Dual Port, stacked right angled D-Sub connectors are a popular space saving interface for many I/O applications. Offered in 9, 15, 25 and 37 positions they are a good choice for a cost effective industry standard connection and are ideal for PCB space saving applications, being fully compatible with mating industry standard single d-subs.
Click here to see the product webpage for D-sub right angled dual port

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

New product range available from In2Connect- Nicomatic DMM

The new DMM series is a robust, compact and shock resistant connector registered under trademark MICRO-D-MIX.

It is available in all LF or mixed-layout configuration, with high frequency and/or high power contacts with possible arrangements of between 1 and 4 rows of contacts with up to 120 contacts.
DMM connectors offer a high pin density (2mm pitch for signal contacts), as well as hybrid contacts (low frequency, high power), which contribute to equipment miniaturization. Compared to Micro-D connectors they offer a higher density, a lower profile and a much lighter solution.

Nicomatic fixings are the same whether you use a male or female connector, covers are mountable without modifying the front or real panel and the philosophy of the system is to be modular with simple universal concepts. The addition of a metal shield enables resistance to exterior factors such as electromagnetic interference (EMI), and grounding. The cover design is a good alternative to the back shell and leads to cost reduction.

Blue Bullet High density package and small footprint
Blue Bullet Signal, power and coax contacts
Blue Bullet Removable crimp contact
Blue Bullet Front/rear panel mounting, straight/90° cable/pcb
Blue Bullet Cost effective solution
Blue Bullet According to MIL-DTL-83513G or MIL-DTL-55302F test routine
Blue Bullet EMI 360° Shielding and backshell options

Monday, 22 August 2011

New product range available from In2Connect- Weipu WP20

We are happy to announce that we have added another product to our already wide range of products which we have to supply. 

The new product, WP20, are waterproof, IP55 rated bayonet connectors that are dust and dirt proof and intended for indoor use.

WP20 connectors build a powerful indoor interconnect system with up to 5 contacts rated at 30 Amp.

The WP20 series bayonet coupling connectors will provide IP55 integrity when mated and will work reliably in indoor conditions.

Materials and specification

Coupling- Bayonet
Shell- Nylon PA66/ zinc alloy
Insert material- PPS max temperature 260°C
Contact material- Brass
Contact plating- Gold over nickel
Termination- 7-12 contacts solder, 2-5 contacts solder/ screw
Mating cycle- >500
Temperature range- -25°C / +85°C
IP rating- IP55 (Clamping cable plug TE)

Rated current up to 30A
IP55 rated
Solder or screw contacts up to 5 way, solder 7-12
Bayonet coupling for positive mating with key/keyway orientation
WP20 in 2 to 12 pole versions
Competitively priced
Male or female contacts in any shell type
RoHS Compliant and CE marked
Greater than 500 mating cycles

More information is available on the In2Connect website (Click here to access the website)

Friday, 29 July 2011

In2Connect is pleased to announce the introduction of additional EDAC products to complement their existing IP67 range of Series 570 waterproof connectors. The new 567, 5mm pitch series takes the available circuit sizes up to a maximum of nine from the present five circuits of the 565 Series and are designed to "crimp and poke" join individual wires together. A range of wire seals is available. EDAC Series Waterproof wire connectors

These products will cover virtually all requirements and are of a high quality design and manufacture standard. Latching mechanisms are featured throughout for secure connection and the low-profile insulators of the 566 & 565 series are particularly attractive where space is at a premium.
Their 300 Volt/5 Amp specification makes them ideally suited for use in applications requiring circuit protection from water and dust including LED external lighting arrays, Christmas street lighting, emergency floor lighting in the rail industry, cabin light pods in passenger aircraft and electronic tapware in the modern home.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Din rail enclosures available from In2Connect

Din rail enclosures

We now supply Din rail enclosures which have recently become available from the producer EL BAG Simp

EL BAG Simp is a producer specialized in the manufacturing of plastic CASES and HOUSINGS for ELECTRONICS. They are foreseen for mounting in electronic devices or rack systems equipped with DIN RAIL (EN50022 - EN 50035). Elbag is particulary specialized in DIN RAIL HOUSINGS.

There are a variety of types of enclosures that are available including:

Click on the link below to find the information required to order these products. (In2Connect)

Monday, 21 March 2011

High-temperature end-to-end edge card connectors

We work with many world class manufacturers of interconnects for PCB and Backplanes ~ board to board, wire to board and card edge ~

including Conec, ept, ITW McMurdo, Nicomatic, Sullins and EDAC.
Recently available are high-temperature edge card connectors from Sullins which include a full series of double-row and Dual Ended Edge Connectors. The new series is specifically engineered to facilitate board-to-board extensions, and to serve as board savers in board stacking and board extension applications without desoldering. The standard dual-row, 0.100" (2.54 mm) pitch connectors accept a 0.062" (1.57 mm) thick PC board in both slots and are offered with from 5 to 60 contacts per row. Optionally available are 0.125" (3.18 mm) and 0.156" (3.96 mm) contact centre version with 5 to 40 pins per row. Developed to deliver unsurpassed signal integrity, these connectors ensure PCBs are aligned at the centreline to enable a uniform signal path across the length of the connector. Robust and reliable, these connectors tested well with HTOL (High Temperature Operating Life), HAST (Highly Accelerated Stress Test), and LTOL (Low Temperature Operating Life). They are supplied in straddle mount terminations, with flush mounting holes, or no mounting, to ensure optimal design flexibility. These back to back card edge connectors have an operating temperature range of -65 degrees C to +150 degrees C.

Commonly employed in high-density, high-temperature, high-cycle life applications in which two 0.062" PCBs need be connected, these new Dual Edge Connectors are the ideal interface for R&D and life test applications. Devices may be confidently specified in an array of industrial, consumer, and commercial systems and products, and are most commonly used in test and burn-in oven facilities, electronic component testing, data storage servers, communications and networking equipment, medical devices and LED applications.

Sullins' Dual Edge Connectors feature a current rating of 3 Amps per contact and a contact resistance of 30 Milliohms maximum. Their phosphor bronze contacts are provided standard with 30 micro inch selective gold plating over 50 micro inch nickel under plate. Parts can support an operating temperature of -65 degrees C to +125 degrees C or +150 degrees C, depending on the material configurations. While the +125 degree C parts can withstand reflow processes up to 260 degrees C peak for 10 seconds, higher temperature parts can withstand as long as 120 seconds at 260 degrees C. Housing materials are UL94-0 rated and insulation resistance is 5,000 Megohms minimum. Devices further boast low insertion/withdrawal forces and a voltage rating of 750 VAC minimum. For more information see:

Sited in Hampshire UK, we have over 40 years of experience in cables and connectors and arguably provide the industry's widest selection of UL/CUL approved card edge connectors, as well as connectors for ATCA, MicroTCA, CompactPCI, PC104, PC104+, DIN41612, Hard Metric 2mm, plus filtered and/or waterproof d-sub connectors ~ all widely specified for use in mission-critical applications by a broad spectrum of leading industrial, commercial, military and consumer products manufacturers. Can we help you?

In2Connect UK Ltd
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Friday, 18 March 2011

Industrial In/Out Connectors

Industrial USB Connectors from In2Connect UK Ltd

Industrial applications from the simplest hand held data logger to a fully blown industrial Ethernet system have carried the world’s best loved I/O connectors into a harsher and less tolerant environment. Industrial connectors face numerous environmental stresses. In order to support transportation, communications, networking, IT, medical systems, etc. they must match the level of product technology and the rapid development and growth of the sector and must combat temperature and humidity; exposure to liquids, oils and chemicals; shock or vibration and RF/EMI interference. Above all, whatever the specific application, they must provide absolute fail safe reliability.

In most industrial applications, waterproofing of components is arguably the first major add-on to the features required of an indoor interconnect and it has become very clear that many engineers and designers don’t want to reinvent interconnects for the sake of it, they want manufacturers to adapt products that they’ve already got built into BOMs.

As a prime example of this, whilst the D-sub I/O connector is a very mature product it remains extremely popular in instrumentation and industrial contexts and with the acceleration of rugged computers, hand held data loggers, etc. the connector manufacturer has seen an accelerating demand for more robust
D-sub designs both waterproof and filtered against RF or EMI. One only has to consider the extreme variety of applications demanding computerised control/communication systems to see what is driving this ~ everything from robotics systems in wet manufacturing; wash-down areas like milking parlours, food preparation plants, car washes; and networking technologies for automating discrete and process manufacturing plants.

As a consequence of this demand, EN 60529 an international classification system for the sealing effectiveness of enclosures for electrical equipment against the intrusion of foreign bodies and moisture was developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission. It isn’t specific to connectors, but they form an integral part of most entering or exiting most enclosures. This system utilizes the letters "IP" ("Ingress Protection") followed by two or three digits. The first digit indicates the degree that persons are protected against contact with moving parts and intrusion: 6 = No ingress of dust; and complete protection against contact.
The second digit indicates the degree of protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against the harmful entry of various forms of moisture (e.g. dripping, spraying, submersion, etc.): 7 = No ingress of water in harmful quantity when immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1 m of submersion), i.e. temporary immersion. 8 = Suitable for continuous immersion in water under conditions which shall be specified by the manufacturer but is usually taken to cover depths say between 1 and 3 metres. It doesn’t cover the pressures associated with deep sea exploration, etc.

If one takes the ubiquitous D-sub connector, the aim has been to reduce the number of components that make up the connector, hence remove all possible leakage paths and manufacturers have generally produced an IP67 rated connector by adding a mounting plate with a silicone O-ring to create a watertight seal at the panel interface and back potting screw machined contacts to prevent water ingress through the connector body. These are now available in pretty much all of the standard d type configurations excepting crimp. Backpotting of the contacts has to be done once the contacts are embedded in the insulator, so the concept of a truly waterproof crimp d-sub would arguably cost too much to achieve?

Cost of course is amongst the leading drivers, thus the design concept for I/O connectors will always be limited by it ~ so in order to save space and reduce equipment size the industry needs to get more and more signals, such as common signals, microwave signals, optical signals, high voltage signals, power signals into a single connector whilst maintaining circuit or signal separation. This has been achieved with the IP67 mixed layout d-sub.

MIL-C circular connectors like the D38999 range provide waterproofing and environmental sealing; EMI/RFI shielding; shock and vibration proofing, but at a relatively high cost. So what does the electronic tap-ware industry do when not fitting baths into fighter aircraft? In2Connect was set this question when asked to develop low cost, functional waterproof connectors and the resulting Pintail circular range is an IP68 rated indoor/outdoor interconnect solution for industrial and electronics applications. These multi-pin, threaded coupling connectors will provide IP68 integrity when mated or when fitted with a waterproof end cap.

The connector bodies are moulded from glass filled nylon and are available in free plug, cable end receptacle and fixed jam nut receptacle formats, all with dust caps to suit. Contacts are interchangeable between plug and socket to allow design flexibility and polarisation. They were designed to be light weight, corrosion resistant and RoHS compliant with additional improved product features over competitive products; such as ~ planform contact identification by raised numbering for easy identification of circuits to save time and money when soldering or repairing incoming cables. Contacts are solder cup and are an integral part of the insulator, so less piece parts or crimp contacts to lose and no need for expensive crimp tools. To simplify the field assembly process, the dual O ring sealing means that the integral backshell can be easily removed in two sections to allow accurate soldering of the incoming cable. The threaded bodies provide a quick and easy connection to reduce installation and service time and have inbuilt key/keyway orientation with good cable waterproofing and retention by virtue of a rear compression nut. Not rocket science like the aluminium bodied MIL-Ccircular connectors, but then the proximity sensing electronic taps in our bathrooms aren’t for rocket fuel.

Ethernet has long been the standard communications protocol in the office, but the transition to Industrial Ethernet for shopfloor networks has meant reinforcement to the Ethernet and other similar connectors.  Office or shopfloor are built on the same standards-based networking platform, the Ethernet local area network (LAN) standard IEEE 802.3. The key advantage of industrial Ethernet is that it allows manufacturers to deploy a single platform to enable interoperability in connecting workplace operations to corporate and office networks. However, there is a huge difference between installing Ethernet in a sheltered office environment and installing them on the manufacturing floor. If a connector or interconnect fails in a manufacturing system, the cost of parts replacement and repair will be insignificant compared to the indirect costs which could be associated with production downtime.

D-sub and circular multipin in/out connectors are relatively chunky with or without additional protection, but the transition of RJ45, USB, FireWire IEE 1394 and Optical Fibre to the industrial environment has required the application of the type of reinforcement associated with MIL-C circular connectors. For industrial real-time-Ethernet, the industry has gravitated toward an RJ45 connector type with a bayonet latching or screw threaded coupling mechanism according. This robust design with IP67 rating ensures reliable protection and easy connection under harsh environmental conditions.

It could be said that what goes around (the connector), comes around ~ and provides the called for reliability at the same time?

By: Bob Hart

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Non-Magnetic d-sub connectors from In2Connect

Non-magnetic D-Sub I/O connectors suit medical applications ~ Mar 2, 2011

In2Connect has enhanced its Conec I/O connectors for use in areas with high magnetic fields by ensuring the connectors' own non-magnetic properties, replacing traditionally used steel shells and hardware with tin-plated brass and making the brackets of diecast zinc. Conec says its non-magnetic D-Sub I/O connector is ideal for medical imaging systems and other medical applications, as magnetic interference can severely compromise the observations as reported by doctors to patients.
"Typically, D-Sub I/O connectors used steel-stamped housing and steel hardware for the various configurations which can result in a magnetic attraction," explains Bob Hart technical manager at In2Connect UK Ltd. "By using copper alloy shells, tin-plated brass hardware components like screws or threaded rivets and diecast zinc brackets, this new connector is now completely non-magnetic. The connectors are utilized in a lot of medical equipment since it requires non- to low-magnetic components in order to maintain the integrity of the imaging."
In2Connect offers the Conec non-ferrous materials in all of the D-Sub connector families including high-density, standard and EMI filter connectors that are also widely used in medical imaging systems.
The non-magnetic D-subs are available to special order in standard densities of 9 through 50 positions, in solder cup and pc tail versions. High-density D-subs in the product line include sizes from 15 to 78 positions, also in solder cup and pc tail versions. Combination D-subs are available in 21 standard arrangements. EMI filter connectors are also available with this non-magnetic capability. Current ratings are from 5 to 40 amps, depending on the base connector chosen.