Connector design reduces component count, labor cost

July 11, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Connector design reduces component count, labor cost
Panasonic has launched a connector with a unique structure that allows direct connection between an automotive FPC (flexible printed circuit) and the board. The connector eliminates the need for wire harnesses previously needed for connection, allowing the use of fewer components and fewer assembly person-hours for vehicles, as well as making room for improved design of automotive LED lights, etc.

Due to the increasing use of DRLs (daylight running lamps) following changes in the law governing automotive LED lights in Europe and Japan in recent years and improved designs for vehicle compartment instrument panels, etc., demand for automotive FPCs is expected to grow, accompanied by greater use in cable connection applications. Panasonic has designed and commercialized the CF1 connector with a unique structure that allows direct connection between the automotive FPC and the board.

The connector's double-clip contact structure achieves excellent resistance to vibration, making it compatible with automotive applications such as LED lights and BMSs. Its inertial lock structure prevents incomplete engagement, achieving high reliability.

The connector's double-clip contact structure achieves excellent resistance to vibration, making it compatible with automotive applications such as LED lights and BMSs.
Applications include cable connection for DRLs (headlamps), rear lamps, side mirrors, instrument panels, shift levers, steering switches, BMSs, cameras and more.

More information: https://news.panasonic.com/global/topics/2019/69886.html


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