Portable and Modular Products Expand the Use of Spring Contacts

Posted by brianc 06/27/2017 0 Comment(s)

The Essential Phone In recent years, the use of spring contacts has exploded in the electronic connector industry. Today, spring contacts are commonly found in cell phones, video cameras, drones, robots, laptops, battery chargers, and more. These portable and modular products represent a larger and larger share of the use of spring contacts, and are becoming increasingly popular in the modern world.

 

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Common Uses of Spring Contacts

 

While many people don’t realize it, there are dozens of uses of spring contacts in daily life. Here are a few of the most common:

 

  • Electrical Accessory Connections. Spring contacts are used for stable electrical connections in detachable accessories, like power cords, batteries, camera lenses, and more.
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  • Mobile Power Units. Mobile power units can spring contacts to provide the needed power, ground, and feedback connections.
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  • Mobile and Smartphone Antennas. Mobile and smartphone antennas frequently include different height variants of spring contacts.
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  • Monitoring Equipment for Environmental Purposes. These sensitive instruments require spring contacts for accuracy and flexibility, whether simply for power, or for conducting signals.
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  • Motion Control Units. Motion control units use spring contacts frequently.
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  • Communications and Broadcast Equipment. Communications and broadcast equipment use spring contact probes to serve a variety of purposes and applications.

 

The Benefits of Spring Contacts

 

Spring contacts serve a variety of purposes, and provide excellent attributes for use in the modular and portable products industries. In addition to ensuring a reliable and secure connection, spring contacts can provide the following advantages:

 

Constant Force

 

Spring contacts enable a constant force between the contact and mating surfaces, which allows them to absorb movement and shock without interruptions in contact.

 

Durability

 

Spring contacts can offer outstanding reliability, and durability, under exposure to environmental stresses of water, dust, sand, and dirt, which is part of what makes them so ideal for portable products designed for daily use.

 

Reduced Cost

In the modular and portable industries, spring contact connectors are available for very competitive costs relative to other connector systems, which is an attractive benefit for manufacturers in the industry.

 

Elimination of Cables

 

A significant benefits of spring contacts in the modular and portable industry is the elimination of cabled connections. Direct connections using spring contacts allow for significant flexibility in electronic device design and makes it simple for electronic manufacturers to develop more convenient products meant for on-the-go lifestyles.

 

High Compliance

 

Spring contacts are highly compliant by nature and offer high compliance-to-length ratios. This means contacts can absorb high levels of tolerance in the planarity of connections. Thanks to this fact, today’s spring contacts are low-profile, forgiving, and practical all in a compact package.

 

Performance in Harsh Settings

 

Designed properly, spring contacts offer outstanding longevity and durability in harsh environments. Amazingly, under high current, vibration, or shock, they manage to maintain reliable contact without sacrificing performance or connection quality.

 

The Future of Spring Contact Probes

 

As the electronics industry creates ever more modular and portable products, which continue to evolve and change, spring contacts will continue to become even more popular. Beloved for their consistent nature, durability, and flexibility, spring contacts remain a go-to solution for products ranging from cell phones and camera tripods to laptops, battery, chargers, and more.  Spring contact design is a rapidly-evolving technology, and a spring contact is a flexible connector that is perfect for the portable and modular requirements in the electronics industry.

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