The Connector: Part of the Intricate Automotive Electronic Systems of Today 860396
It is obvious that the demands on today's automobiles have placed a heavy emphasis on the use of electronics to solve the many problems associated with fuel consumption as well as luxury items such as the digital instrument cluster.
To cope with the interfacing of these electronic modules, the old faithful two- and four- contact connectors filled with silicone proved to be one of the weakest links to the reliabilty of the system. Overcoming this problem led to the development of a connector interface employing the temperature and sealing aspects of high reliabilty with the technology of high speed molding and stamping used for the computer industry.
How ITT Cannon solved this challenge and applied the results, is the basis for this paper. It deals with the connector design as it relates to automotive applications, from installing the plug to the printed circuit board, to the installation of the wires into the receptacle.