Only Connect: On early engagement

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.

Mill-Max - Early Engagement Contact System

Mill-Max – Early Engagement Contact System

This week I bring you news of an innovation from Mill-Max: its Early Engagement Contact System.

If you have never heard of early engagement it is all about a providing the fastest contact connection on the market.

According to Mill-Max:

“The new 0507-0-15-XX-31-27-10-0 receptacle provides an early engagement contact point, minimal overall length and accepts lead diameters from .018″ – .023″ (0,46mm). The minimum mating lead length for reliable electrical contact is .054″ (1,37mm). The internal contact allows for short receptacle designs due to its .062″ (1,57mm) length and the fact its design does not require excess protrusion through the fingers of the contact for electrical connection. The ability to use shorter mating pins provides several advantages such as compressed packaging, shorter electrical signal paths and lower potential RF signal interference.”

Mill-Max goes on to say:

“The receptacle shell is made from brass alloy and, like all Mill-Max pins, are high-speed machined to precision tolerances. The contact is press-fit into each receptacle shell forming a gas-tight connection. It is a four finger contact, precision stamped from beryllium copper strip and heat treated to provide excellent spring and electrical properties. The receptacle current rating is 3 Amps (@10°C temp. rise in free air). The receptacle shell and contact are gold-plated providing the highest interconnect reliability, corrosion protection and wear resistance. Tin and tin/lead plating options are also available upon request”.

This may be new to you I am sure we can all think of several projects where this system would have been very useful!

Nick Locke, Nicab Ltd

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