Connector for Plating Bath
Original Publication Date: 1984-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-02
This inert connector allows the joining of monitoring leads and a test coupon for immersion in a plating bath by enclosing the junction of the leads and coupon within a sealed chamber. Socket 1 of polypropylene has a recess 2 in which is place a resilient gasket 3 of ethylene propylene. The socket recess is open along one side to receive the end of the test coupon 4. A connector cover 5 holding a plurality of copper contact slugs 6 in recesses therein has titanium screws 7 for securing the cover to the socket. Monitoring leads 8 are soldered to respective copper slugs, and the openings 9 are sealed with a suitable insulative material, such as epoxy. Cover 5 has along its lower edge a straight gasket 10 for contacting the gasket within the insert and also to compress against the test coupon.