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Cable assembly solutions bring together connectors, cables, accessories and more to create reliable signal and power connections between pieces of equipment. This document explains the benefits of cable assembly solutions and what engineers need to consider when working on the interconnect solution. It covers topics such as applications, connector types, termination methods, sealing requirements and other parts of the cable-design process.

This paper discusses the performances of a fischer fiberoptic series connector when tested at 1.9 kelvin. The test was performed at cern’s cryogenic facility (sm18) under the eucard-2 transnational access program. It was co-funded by the partners and the ec-capacities-fp7 under grant agreement 312453.

Communications protocol is a system of digital message formats and rules for exchanging messages in or between computing systems and in telecommunications. A protocol may have a formal description. Protocols may include signaling, authentication, and error detection and correction capabilities. The first part of this document provides an overview of the most relevant parameters that determine whether a connector and/or a cable assembly can withstand a defined data protocol. The second part shows the performances of the Fischer MiniMax™ Series and the Fischer UltiMate™ Series cabled connectors according to Ethernet, USB and HDMI protocols.

Unlike most product specifications, operating voltage is not an intrinsic characteristic of a connector. Because voltage is affected by environmental conditions such as humidity and air pressure, and is subject to safety requirements that are often fieldspecific, it is often difficult to determine the actual voltage that the connector can safely carry. This paper walks engineers through the conditions that impact operating voltage so that they can be better informed to specify connectors that will work as expected in their unique rugged environments.

We’re on the cusp of an explosion in wearable technologies – a new category that will revolutionize b2c (business-to-consumer) and b2b (business-to-business) markets. This trend paper will give you an overview of current trends in wearable technologies, and dive deeper into emerging applications in diverse markets with a special focus on b2b and commercial applications: healthcare, industry, robotics, defense and sport.

Sealed connectors are used in many applications where leakage into or out of equipment must be avoided. Sealing is a very complex science itself, as it involves many physical aspects including mechanical design, materials science, surface science and fluid behavior. Three major application groups exist that require different sealing levels and different solutions: environmental sealing, hermetic sealing and high pressure sealing. This paper focuses on environmental sealing as encountered in many application areas, specifically as it relates to rain and dust.

Sealed connectors are used in many applications where leakage into or out of equipment must be avoided. Sealing is a very complex science itself, as it involves many physical aspects including mechanical design, materials science, surface science and fluid behavior. Three major application groups exist that require different sealing levels and different solutions: environmental sealing, hermetic sealing and high pressure sealing. This paper focuses on hermetically sealing as encountered in many application areas, specifically as it relates to gas and tightness.

Military organizations throughout the world are working hard to lighten the load that soldiers carry into battle, and are looking at connector and cabling solutions as one place to make improvements. Selecting the wrong connector can be life-threatening. In this paper, Fischer Connectors’ Wim Vanheertum takes a close look at the miniaturization of military connectors, and addresses issues of size, weight and functionality.

Connector selection has morphed from the old standby “how many contacts do you need” to a much more serious challenge for design engineers who need to find ways to pump increasing amounts of data through smaller and smaller spaces. With usability experts adding their ideas into the mix, there are additional challenges with connector selection that often mean figuring out how to run electrical and signal in one connector/cable combination without interference. All this creates new priorities when you start your connector selection process. With that in mind, we’ve updated our step-by-step rugged connector selection guide for the new realities engineers face today.

This paper was written to educate those involved with the design and manufacture of medical devices about some important changes that have been enacted by the FDA. Understanding the implications of these new regulations will enable manufacturers to adjust their business plans and adapt accordingly. In short, manufacturers now bear responsibility for conducting risk management processes in compliance with applicable standards. It is our belief that working with qualified suppliers will improve a manufacturers’ ability to comply with these new quality systems and risk management requirements and help them maintain their competitive edge.

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