Category Archives: PCB Connectors

Reduce the Cost of Manufacturing A Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA) with THR technology

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Pick and place machine

‘Pick and Place’ Machine with THR components.

Do not judge a connector’s cost-effectiveness just by its price. Its ability to improve the overall efficiency of the manufacturing process counts as well. This is where THR technology shines.

The most common method of manufacturing  a PCBA (Printed circuit board assembly) typically requires 2 process flows. Reflow soldering is used to mount the Integrated chip (IC) and passive components in the first process flow. This is then followed by a second flow utilizing wave soldering to mount the terminal blocks and connectors.

The process can be optimized but that usually comes at a cost, e.g. installing a new machine. Hence, that eventually translates into a higher manufacturing cost in the short term. Is there a way to achieve higher efficiency in PCBA manufacturing without the accompanying costs?

Higher efficiency at Lower Or No Cost?

Yes. It can be done.

This is achieved by introducing connectors that are suited for the existing process line yet reduce the process flows to just one.

This is made possible by the integration of Through Hole Reflow (THR) components in Surface-mount technology (SMT) installations, which dominate today’s assembly manufacturing process.

Through Hole Reflow (THR) – Assembly In Just One Process

The benefit of THR is to use the existing Surface-mount device (SMD) machines and remove the 2nd process, the wave soldering, thus reducing the manufacturing a complete PCBA into a single process.

While it is the ideal situation to switch to an all-THR component solution, some components will still require wave soldering. Even so, there can still be a significant cost savings to make the switch.

Through Hole reflow Connector (THR)

Through Hole Reflow Connector (THR)

While there will not be a need to make changes to the existing equipment, some modifications will be required. For example it may require a change in the PCB design, an adjustment in the reflow profile, etc.

These changes, however, will reduce the amount of man-hours required for wave soldering. Based on a typical PCBA consisting of 80% of ICs and 20% of terminal blocks & connectors, the switch could achieve up to 20% of cost savings as THR components fully supports ‘pick and place’ machines.

If you would like to know more about Phoenix Contact’s THR connectors, just fill in the form and download a copy of our brochure.

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T-LOX – The new dimension in power transmission

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Device connection for high currents

Device connection for high currents

Improve efficiency and productivity is a common mission all companies want to achieve.  A company with high efficiency can produce more results while maintain it’s overhead, thus increase its profit margin. Through a switch of screw to spring connection technology,  it is possible to achieve the desired result.

Let’s take a look at the connectivity trends, the demand for quick-connection technology is steadily growing. Today, the spring-cage-based connection technologies allow convenient conductor connections within seconds, and the defined contact force makes them safe as well. In addition, terminal failure due to improper torque can be avoided this way. Until now, there is no device connection with quick-connection technology for cross sections of more than 35 mm².

The panel feed-through terminal blocks TW 50 and TW 95 with the new T-LOX connection technology from Phoenix Contact, connectivity has been comes simple and convenient. It even can support multi-strand connectors still ensuring a flexible and safe connection. The T-LOX connection principle is based on a spring that generates a programmed contact force with just a conventional screwdriver.

TW 50 TW 95
Cable Cross-section 16 mm² – 50 mm² 25 mm² to 95 mm²
Current capacity Up to 150 A Up to 232 A
Voltage capacity Achieve a voltage of 1000 V according to IEC 60947-7-1 and unlimited 600 V UL approval in Use Group C according to UL 1059.
Wall thickness 1 mm to 5 mm 1 mm to 5 mm

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SKEDD – A Solder-free Way to Connect

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With the ongoing technological advances, the demand for a cheaper and better way of manufacturing electronic devices is a perpetual challenge.

The PCB industry, the backbone of electronic device manufacturing, certainly feels the heat of this constant demand.
While devices, and their corresponding PCBs are getting ever more compact, it also results in the need to fit an increasing number of functions into as small a space as possible. This coupled with the demand for lower manufacturing costs presents a daunting challenge.

This is where Phoenix Contact’s new SDC 2,5 SKEDD PCB connectors come into its own.

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Solar connectors with crimp connection

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Phoenix Contact is expanding its proven Sunclix solar connector program by adding a DC plug-in connector with crimp connection for machine installation.

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Two different sizes of contact inserts allow the connection of cables with cross sections of 2.5 mm² to 6 mm² (AWG 14-10). Prices in line with the market and a connector construction that meets the needs of the market make the plug-in connector with crimp connection suitable for use with PV modules. Voltages of up to 1500 V and currents of up to 40 A allow future-oriented use in temperature ranges of -40 to +90 °C.

The plug-in connectors fulfill the requirements of Protection Class IP68 (24 h/2 m) and have been submitted for certification according to UL 6703 and German Institute for Standardization (DIN) EN 50521.

I Love….

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I love the way you help me simplify wiring

I love the way you help me reduce the installation time

I love the way you provide me a reliable long-lasting connection.

I love the way you make it an ideal connectivity for high-vibration applications.

I love the way you provide me easy and tool-free wiring

I love you, PUSH-IN Technology

Phoenix Contact has designed hundreds of products to make your job easier, such as products equipped with our leg-spring, push-in connection technology

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electronica 2014: World’s leading trade fair

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electronica 2014: World’s leading trade fair

 

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This unique industry event presents the state of the art in innovative electronics – a diverse range of components, pioneering hardware and software solutions and complete systems and applications – on 143,000 m² of exhibition space.

It all revolves around the latest hot topics such as electromobility, energy effciency and sustainability.

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Not just another RJ45 connector

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A Boss of a company had just awarded a million dollar project to a contractor for Ethernet Communication upgrading.

The contractor was happy as he knew how easy it was to supply a point to point Ethernet connection for the project and he asked the owner these questions during the project discussion.

Contractor: “How many Ethernet points do you need?”
Owner: “Erm…. I think about 10,000points”

Contractor: “How long is the distance from point to point?”
Owner: “Erm…. Actually I’m not sure yet”

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New insulator-free PCB terminals for high currents

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Phoenix Contact’s PTSPL 6 single-pin PCB terminals without insulating inserts facilitate easy and secure connections up to 41 A directly on the circuit board and without any voltage restrictions. The terminal can be fitted automatically as part of the SMT process and soldered using THR technology. Continue reading

Connection versatility with Phoenix Contact

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Whether you choose the screw, spring-cage or insulation displacement connection method, Phoenix Contact always provides the highest level of quality. You can choose the worldwide standard:  the versatile screw connection. This connection method combines a large contact surface with high contact force and is a completely maintenance-free, easy, and gentle conductor connection. Continue reading