Connectors & Contacts

Where a physical, connection is required in an electrical circuit, a connector is required. These come in thousands of different shapes and sizes, and most can be manufactured using ACE’s photo etching process, plating and forming manufacturing technologies.

From micro pin connectors and arrays to spring contacts and RFI connector shields, Advanced Chemical Etching has the capability to meet the requirements of most contacts and connector requirements.

From rapid prototypes to medium volumes, the flat blanks are firstly etched then using in-house forming capability the parts are formed using modular press tooling to the 3D shape.

Because connectors are needed to function across a range of environmental conditions, and in some instances require the need to have improved wear resistance and improved conductivity, a variety of surface coatings can be supplied. These include gold, tin, silver, tin/lead and sulphur / nickel coatings, all over or selective plating on some contacts, enabling customers to obtain the Net shaped / finished component from a single source.

Etched and Formed Copper Connector

Materials

  • Beryllium Copper
  • Brass
  • Phosphor Bronze
  • Silver
  • Steel

Thickness range 0.01mm (0.0004”) to 1.5mm (0.060”)

Low risk Prototypes

Use of in-house forming with low cost modular tooling requires low initial investment, and fast lead times remove an element of marketing risk.

Many designs can be modified without a significant cost penalty.

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