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Improved Terminal

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239194D
Publication Date: 2014-Oct-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 295K

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Abstract

In production of terminals for usage in electrical connectors copper is a basic material. The price for the raw material is a reasonable part of the price of the terminal. Female terminals are stamp with complete copper box. Some areas of this box haven't specific functionality for the product but impact on the weight of the terminal. There is a need to provide terminals that are cheaper and lighter than the terminals in the state of the art. A solution to reach the target and provide a terminal that needs less copper and is lighter will be explained in the following. The idea is to add holes in the areas that haven't specific functionality in order to reduce the weight terminal and therefore also reduce the harness weight. Moreover, the proposed design can also decrease the thermal shocks and dynamic requirements.

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Improved Terminal

Background of the invention

In production of terminals for usage in electrical connectors copper is a basic material. The price for the raw material is a reasonable part of the price of the terminal. Female terminals are stamp with complete copper box. Some areas of this box haven't specific functionality for the product but impact on the weight of the terminal. There is a need to provide terminals that are cheaper and lighter than the terminals in the state of the art.

Description of the invention

A solution to reach the target and provide a terminal that needs less copper and is lighter will be explained in the following. The idea is to add holes in the areas that haven't specific functionality in order to reduce the weight terminal and therefore also reduce the harness weight. Moreover, the proposed design can also decrease the thermal shocks and dynamic requirements.

The following picture shows a the metal strip that is used to fold the terminal. The new design has in this embodiment 26 holes with a diameter of 0,8 mm. The summed holes area corresponds to the area of 13.95 mm2. The weight saving can be calculated considering the thickness of the strip.

The next picture shows the finished Terminal.

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