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Crimp Connector for Foils with Printed Electrics

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249711D
Publication Date: 2017-Mar-24
Document File: 4 page(s) / 173K

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Abstract

The idea is a connector specifically for flexible foils with pre-printed electric circuits that exerts a pressure on the circuits, which provides comparable reliability to the pinned connectors used currently. The connector consists of two parts; one rounded block around which the foil is folded. On top of the block, a hat-structure is pushed down. This hat-structure presses the foil in correct position and can provide USB or DC outlet for end consumers.

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1. ABSTRACT

The idea is a connector specifically for flexible foils with pre-printed electric circuits that exerts a pressure on the circuits, which provides comparable reliability to the pinned connectors used currently. The connector consists of two parts; one rounded block around which the foil is folded. On top of the block, a hat-structure is pushed down. This hat- structure presses the foil in correct position and can provide USB or DC outlet for end consumers. 2. DISCLOSURE

It is already possible today to print electrical circuits on flexible foils, see Fig. 1. These have the advantage to be light, flexible and easy to install. For currently used cable harnesses, standardized pin-connectors are used, see Fig. 2. These are available in a number of different versions and sizes. They have in principle not changed over a longer time period, and have reached a high degree of reliability. One specific advantage is the very tight connection obtained between pin and corresponding hole. This is enhanced by the fact that the pin is actually designed with a very slight “over-diameter”, and by this a pressure is needed to slide the pin through the hole. During this process potential oxide and impurities are “pushed” away, and bare metal atoms from both connectors will be the ones joining. The objective of the idea is a connector specifically for flexible foils with pre-printed electric circuits that exerts a pressure on the circuits, which provides comparable reliability to the pinned connectors use...