These connectors can go through about 10,000 mate/unmate cycles without a loss in performance, can be mated and unmated in less than two seconds, and offer less crosstalk with the contact in the female connector mating directly with the PCB on the plug half. The connectors use 34-way high-density contact modules, and a simple cam and bearing mechanism allows all the contacts to be mated at once with a quarter turn of the knob shaft. Mating torque is 2 N.m, and shock and vibration performance is to MIL-STD-202F. They come in 136, 204, 272, and 408 configurations. They have a maximum contact resistance of 30m and a rated current of 0.5A. Metal shells and grounding springs offer plenty of EMI/RFI protection. They cost about $0.30/IO depending on volume and configuration.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.