Low-Profile SMT Wire-to-Board Connector System
Molex Incorporated announced its new Lite-Trap™ SMT Wire-to-Board Connector System featuring an overall compact size that meets the needs of thin LED lighting-module applications. With a profile height of just 4.20mm, this push-button style connector provides one of the lowest profiles and wire insertion forces available on the market today compared to wire-removable type connectors.
â€œWith dedication to innovation, Molex meets the needs of LED lighting manufacturers by designing a connector system that reduces component height on boards in order to achieve thinner designs and minimize shadowing or interference with the light source,â€ comments Goji Tanabe, product manager, Molex.
The termination method of the Lite-Trap Connector is similar to the established Molex Wire Trap Connectors, as well as certain â€˜poke-inâ€™ types, but requires a lower wire insertion force. A stripped wire is inserted into the connector and pushes open a dual-contact gate-style terminal design that â€™trapsâ€™ the wire, providing a secure electrical contact and high wire-retention force. The Lite-Trap connector also features a user-friendly latch that is easy for operators to engage and disengage without the use of a tool. These features combine to offer easy field assembly and removal if needed, even for untrained technicians.
Other features of the Molex Lite-Trap Connector include a long wire insulation design that provides stable wire placement for additional contact assurance and an innovative wire stopper feature that facilitates correct wire insertion depth placement