What are crimp-to-wire cables and how do they work?
Crimped connectors are a form of connection that does not require soldering, as they rely on mechanical force and even deformation to attach the crimp contact to a pre-stripped wire, typically one that is stranded. This method is commonly used in a variety of connectors, such as splice connectors, crimped multi-pin plugs and sockets, and crimped coaxial connectors. To perform crimping, a specific crimping tool is usually necessary.
Benefits of crimp-to-wire cables over other cables
Furthermore, crimped connectors offer a more secure and reliable connection than soldered cables or screw terminals, as they use mechanical force to create a strong bond between the connector contact and wire by means of a wire barrel; and a high retention force inside (optional) housings by means of crimp contact locking lance (‘finger’) for secure retention
Additionally, crimped cables can be bent, angled, and flexed to fit into small spaces and tight bends. These benefits make crimped connectors a preferred option for applications that require a high level of flexibility and maneuverability.
Furthermore, crimped connectors offer a more secure and reliable connection than soldered cables or screw terminals, as they use mechanical force to create a strong bond between the connector and wire.
Crimp-to-wire connectors also offer a high level of customization. Because they are designed to be used with individual wires rather than ribbon cables, it is easier to create custom cable assemblies with crimped connectors. This allows designers to create cables that are tailored to their specific application, with the right length, number of wires, and connector types.
Different types of crimp-to-wire cables and their applications
Amphenol offers a wide range of crimp-to-wire cables, each designed to meet specific application requirements. Here are some examples of different types of crimp-to-wire cables and their applications:
Power cables: These cables are designed to transmit high current and voltage levels, making them ideal for power distribution and transmission applications. Amphenol offers a range of crimped power cables, including heavy-duty power cables and flexible power cables.
Data cables: Data cables are used to transmit digital signals between devices, such as computers and peripherals, audio and video equipment, and telecommunications equipment. We have a variety of crimped data cables, including Ethernet cables, USB cables, and HDMI cables.
Coaxial cables: Coaxial cables are designed to transmit high-frequency signals with low signal loss, making them ideal for applications such as radio communication, television broadcasting, and internet connectivity.
RF cables: RF cables are used to transmit radio frequency signals between devices, such as antennas and radios.
Audio cables: Audio cables are used to transmit analog audio signals between devices, such as microphones, speakers, and amplifiers.
Hybrid cables: combining multiple types of cables inside one cable assembly, with the advantage of simplifying the assembly of the cable; reducing space and by offering multiple technologies (like power distribution and control) in one assembly.