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.
- Broadly Applicable: Capable of converting virtually any flangeless connector into a unit with the torque resistance of a wall mounted connector
- Cost Effective: The Navy’s solution is a simple, effective means of preventing over-torqueing damage to components in existing devices
- Military Grade: Robust enough to be chosen over competing solutions by the US Air Force for use on guided missile launcher test sets, but still simple enough to be cost effective
- Level III design drawings
- Device prototypes available for review
- US Patents 8,133,074 and 8,187,032
- Potential for collaboration with Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) researchers to adapt this invention for civilian and military applications