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There is much written about the question which is the best for HD broadcast: Triax or Fiber? There are a lot of misunderstandings about the reasoning to decide for one or the other option. This article seeks to explore simply why a user would choose either option. You, the investor, or the end user do have a choice, but how do you decide on what is best without compromising on the end result?

This paper was written to educate those involved with the design and manufacture of medical devices about some important upcoming changes that will be enacted by the FDA. Understanding the implications of these new regulations before they take effect will enable manufacturers to adjust their business plans and adapt accordingly. In short, manufacturers will soon 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.

This document provides a step-by-step guide for engineers, helping them to ask the right questions as they determine the specifi cs about the connectors they will be integrating into their devices. Topics cover contacts, sealing, materials, functionality and cable assembly requirements, with short discussions on miniaturization and working with supplier engineering teams.

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.

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.

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.

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