Connectors And Contacts offer insertion force to 777 MCM.

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Offered as individual contacts or in strip form with solder or crimp contacts, with and without wire grips, RADSOK® series is available in sizes as small as No. 16 contact. Contacts are available with amperage ratings of 15-600+ A, and insertion forces vary from 2-10 lbs. Electrical terminal is based on hyperbolic grid configuration. Cylinder contains elongated contactor strips connected in spaced, parallel relationships, twisted into hyperbolic shape.

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Amphenol Introduces New, Smaller Radsok® Connectors and Contacts That Offer Higher Reliability and Lower Cost

Sidney, NY, September 2003 - Amphenol Industrial Operations announces that its RADSOK® contact and connector series is now available in smaller package sizes that provide a lower insertion force than larger connectors, while providing increased durability. The new connectors, which are ideal in applications such as motors, bus bars and backplane assemblies, carry more ampacity than an equal sized conventional contact.

The introduction of the smaller sizes now allows other Amphenol connector series such as the P-Lok and the 5015-based Series (5015, GT, and AC) to contain all RADSOK® contacts. As a result, engineers can specify the new connectors to be used in the same process control, robotics, electrical, and other high power applications as larger connectors, but with increased reliability and lower cost.

The new Amphenol RADSOK connectors, which are available in sizes as small as a #16 contact, will retain the high current capability (relative to size) and the very high reliability inherent within the RADSOK design. RADSOK is a patented electrical terminal based on a hyperbolic grid configuration. The cylinder contains elongated contactor strips connected in spaced, parallel relationships, twisted into a hyperbolic shape. As a male pin is inserted, the grid deflects, imparting high normal forces. The hyperbolic configuration ensures a large coaxial, face-to-face engagement area for a low milli-volt drop connection with a low insertion force. The stamped grid and cylinder are very rugged, allowing for a high quantity of insertion cycles and off-axis insertions.

The new smaller sizes will be available as individual contacts or in strip form with solder or crimp contacts, with and without wire grips. Other popular RADSOK® sizes are #12, #8, #4, #0, #2/0, #4/0 with a low insertion force specials up to 777 MCM. RADSOK® contacts are available with ampacity ratings of 15A to 600+A per contact. Insertion forces vary from 2# to a maximum of 10# per contact.

Pricing for a #16 RADSOK® contact is $0.14 in quantities of 500 pieces. Delivery is 6 weeks ARO.

For more information, contact Steve Fitzgerald, Product Manager, Amphenol RADSOK®, 34190 Riviera Drive, Fraser, Ml 48026. Tel: 586/294-7400; Fax: 586/294-7402; E-mail:; Web:

Amphenol Industrial Operations, headquartered in a 675,000 square foot facility in Sidney, NY, provides a full range of high reliability connectors arid interconnection systems specifically for the industrial markets including base stations, rail/mass transit, process control, automotive manufacturing, heavy equipment:, and petrochemical/power generation. Products include ruggedized-for-industry cylindrical, fiber optic, rectangular, and industrialized versions of Amphenol's MIL-C-5015 cylindrical, MIL-C-26482 miniature cylindrical and GT reverse bayonet cylindrical connectors. It employs more than 1,400 people and is both IS09001 and MIL-STD-790 certified. Amphenol Industrial Operations is a division of Amphenol Corporation, Wallingford, CT, one of the largest manufacturers of interconnect products in the world, with year 2000 sales topping $1.25 billion.

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