Connectors and Wires in Rough Environments

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Connectors and wires are boring, but thoughtful design will save you from failure of products in the field.

Connections Under Attack

  • Connector removal (NES cartridge)
  • Gold vs Tin
  • Number of Insertions

Vibrational attacks

  • holding type
    • latches
    • Wedge
    • Friction fit
  • Multi point contacts
  • Number of strands
  • Heat shrink
  • Multi wire binding


  • Cost in US vs China

Wire harnesses