Navy

Connector Conversion Clamp with Rotational Torque Protection

A clamp solution that prevents flangeless connectors from being over-torqued during mounting and losing contact with printed circuit boards

Electronics
The US Navy has developed a connector system (bottom) to mount flangeless connectors to circuit boards and prevent damage due to over-torqueing

The US Navy has developed a connector system (bottom) to mount flangeless connectors to circuit boards and prevent damage due to over-torqueing

Civilian and military electronics employ a wide array of connectors to enable communication between electronic systems and programming/test set devices. Many such connectors are flangeless and cannot be connected to dedicated surfaces. These connectors are prone to failure because the rotational torque required to ensure a connection can be over-rotated, degrading or breaking contact with the underlying circuit board. The US Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) has developed a clamp solution to mount flangeless connectors to a dedicated surface and eliminate or greatly reduce incidences of breakage attributable to rotational torque.

The Navy’s solution is simple, robust, and highly customizable to accommodate the broad range of connector devices in use today. Sample devices have been built and tested. The US Air Force selected the Navy’s technology over competing approaches for use with military equipment.

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