Wire-to-edgecard power connectors need no interconnect mating headers

October 24, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Molex’ 3.96-mm pitch EdgeMate Wire-to-Edgecard Power Connectors eliminate the need for mating headers, resulting in cost and time savings; they offer a positive PCB-locking design and significant cost savings for wire-to-edgecard terminations in appliance, industrial and lighting applications.

This system supports power applications of up to 7.0A with UL 94V-2 flammability rating requirements. It is available in 2 to 12 circuits with positive lock housings and 3 to 12 circuits for housings without lock. This connector family also includes bifurcated terminals which allow secondary current paths for high electrical reliability. Terminals are used with 18 to 20 AWG wires. For manufacturers in the appliance, industrial and lighting industry, the greatest benefits are reduced inventory, bill-of-material, and manufacturing costs.

The EdgeMate wire-to-edgecard power connectors offer a direct mount onto a PCB without additional processes. The hallmark feature is a positive locking mechanism that can hook onto the PCB and ensure the terminals mate to card contacts, allowing the assembly to function in high shock and vibration environments.

The polarised housing in combination with the polarised crimp terminal helps ensure insertion of terminals in the correct orientation. The terminals also feature cantilever beams and dual contact points for a reliable electrical connection. The result is a smaller, lighter and more economical electrical system that can provide a reduction of material, inventory and manufacturing costs. Connectors are also available without locking features for added design flexibility.

Molex; www.molex.com/link/edgemate.html