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Design of a High Performance Single Beam Contact for Demanding and Long Life Time Applications in Industry and Telecom Markets
Keywords: High Performance , Telecom , Applications
For long life time (Telecom) and demanding (Industry) applications, contact systems are often designed with bi-furcated or dual beam contact springs. This gives redundancy to the connector. The market is also requesting increased density and superior signal transmission quality. In some cases this results in contradictions. A revolutionary new connector design solves this contradiction. Description of the work: Before starting the design of the new contact interface, we gathered all known and published contact failure modes that occur during the product life cycle. Independent and well respected sources as Belcore have published this information and translated this input into design guidelines for connectors. Bi-furcated and dual beam constructions are considered as effective design principles. This is known in the industry as redundant contact design. By re-considering the commonly known failure modes and their effect on material choice, normal force and dimensions, a simple single beam contact mechanism was developed, that can handle high demands for shock and vibration, data intermittence and durability.
Jan Broeksteeg , Engineering Manager Industry Platform / Fellow
Tyco Electronics Nederland B.V.
NL-5222 AR 's-Hertogenbosch, Hertogenbosch

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