Only Connect: New strain reliefs for TE Micro Mate N Lok

Welcome to another post in the series by Nick Locke, of Nicab Ltd, who has over 15 years experience in the electronics manufacturing industry specialising in interconnection cable assembly.

Micro MATE-N-LOK Strain Relief Covers

Micro MATE-N-LOK Strain Relief Covers

The New Year starts with a new product release from TE Connectivity. The Micro Mate N Lok has been given a strain relief, a simple yet very effective addition to this range.

For some time we have wanted to see more strain reliefs for these types of products especially when they are being used in environments where they may need a little more robustness.

This clever design is a screwless snap together one and is therefore easy to fit. I like these types of product enhancements as they make use of the connector available for many additional applications.

According to the TE Brochure the main benefits are:

  • Micro MATE-N-LOK strain relief jacketed cable assemblies meet IEC 60598-1 which requires a minimum cable retention of 60N
  • Screwless design allows for ease of assembly
  • The strain relief covers provide latch protection that prevents inadvertent unmating of the connectors
  • Rounded corners allow for a snag resistant design

Although the strain relief is only available on the 4 & 8 position connector, I am sure that if this is a success then the range will be developed further.

This may not be a massive leap in technology, however it is a very useful product enhancement that is a lesson to other manufacturers thinking about how they can broaden the appeal of existing products by enhancing them with features such as strain reliefs.

Nick Locke, Nicab Ltd

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