Connectors are essential components that are used in almost every piece of electrical or electronic equipment we use or come into contact with on a daily basis. Correct selection depends solely on the project, application or environment.
Looking to buy wire connectors? As a connectors supplier, RS offer an extensive range of high performance connector solutions to suit your every need, including panel, board-to-board, surface-mount (SMT), and wire-to-board connectors.
What is a Connector
A connector is a component that allows two pieces of equipment to be coupled together. Connectors provide a path for voltage, current or signals to flow freely from one device to another. Most connectors comprise of two parts, a plug and a socket. Traditionally, connectors are referred to by a gender to aid identification: the male and the female.
The plug, known as the male part of the connector housing, contains the contacts. The contacts or pins are solid protruding pieces of metal that electrical conductors are attached to. The socket, known as the female part of the connector housing, contains hollow metal contacts. The female contacts are designed to hold or retain the male contacts.
When both male and female parts of the connector come together, they mate.
- Crimp termination
- Solder termination
- Screw termination
- Cable to panel
- Cable to cable (in-line)
- Cable to board
- Board to board
RS supply a wide range of high-quality components. They include heavy-duty industrial connectors, power connectors, modular connectors, electrical connectors, electronic and data connectors. They are divided into the following categories:
- Power Connectors
- RF and Coaxial Connectors
- PCB Connectors
- Audio and Video Connectors
- Circular Connectors
- Network and Telecom Connectors
- Mains and IEC Connectors
- USB, D-Sub and Computing Connectors
- Terminal Blocks and DIN Rail Terminals