SMT connector fills gap in wire-to-board market

17th December 2013
Staff Reporter

Designed to meet the challenges faced by industrial and solid-state lighting design engineers, the 9296 Series from AVX is a vertical, top mount, SMT, wire-to-board connector featuring dual-beam, 3mm, high spring force box contacts packaged in a protective insulator. Designers facing configuration, performance, and cost goals will find that the poke home connectors provide maximum mechanical stability and wire retention, in addition to simple strip and insert wire loading and twist and pull wire removal.

Designed to surface mount on the top of a PCB, the one- to six-way 9296 connectors allow users to insert solid or stranded, plated or un-plated, 18-26AWG wires directly through the connector’s top aperture. Featuring RoHS-compliant coppery alloy contacts with tin over nickel plating, the connectors are rated for 300VAC, five-cycle durability, and temperatures ranging from -40°C to +125°C. Available in one to six positions, each connector will accept the entire wire gauge range for either solid or stranded wires at varying current ratings supported by each wire size; and, once inserted, wires can be easily removed or replaced by twisting, unscrewing, or using a small blade extraction tool. 

“We designed our new 9296 vertical top mount SMT connector to satisfy a significant gap we identified in the industrial and solid state lighting wire-to-board markets,” commented Tom Anderson, Product Manager at AVX.  “No other vertical top mount connectors designed to provide robust performance in industrial grade applications are currently available and, moreover, many of the vertical through-board options that exist are not robust enough to satisfy the unique demands of industrial applications.  With this latest addition to the 9296 Series, AVX now offers vertical top mount, bottom mount, and through hole poke home connectors that provide reliable off-the-shelf solutions specifically designed to meet the configuration, cost, and performance requirements for a broad range of industrial applications.”

The connectors are suitable for a variety of industrial applications, including: LED lighting, smart meters, building controls, fire and security systems, and industrial motor controls and drivers, among others.


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