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Now available from RS Components, Phoenix SKEDD direct wire-to-board connectors allow easy hand assembly

New solderless connectors eliminate PCB headers, reduce component count

Singapore, 13 May 2016:

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, is delivering a new concept in PCB connection technology with the introduction of the SKEDD SDC 2,5 series of solderless direct wire-to-board connectors from Phoenix Contact.

SKEDD technology from Würth Elektronik, and further developed by Phoenix, uses push-in spring contacts manufactured to fit PCB hole geometries perfectly. No soldering or press fitting is needed. Wires and cables can be plugged directly into a PCB without the need for a board-mounted header, eliminating an entire connection level and reducing component count. Wire-to-board connections can be made lighter and lower profile, supporting device miniaturisation. Compared to conventional header-and-socket configurations, SKEDD allows greater flexibility in positioning connectors and can reduce process time, cost, and the risk of manufacturing errors. SKEDD technology was named for its simple tool-free hand assembly: SKEDD translates as it’s done in Swedish.

The Phoenix Contact SDC 2,5 range incorporates SKEDD technology in a series of wire-to-board connectors with from 1 to 16 tin plated contacts at 5 mm pitch. Nominal cross-section is 2.5 mm2, nominal current is 12 A, and rated voltage (III/2) is 320 V. Assembly is intuitive thanks to a colour differentiated actuation lever, and connection quality is unaffected by multiple insertions and extractions.

A secure locking mechanism between the connector housing and the PCB ensures a robust, reliable, vibration-resistant mechanical connection, even under harsh environmental conditions. An integrated test option provides for quick and easy connector testing.

Sharon Milne, Global Account Manager at RS, commented: “The strong business relationship between RS and Phoenix Contact ensures that customers have the advantage of fast, efficient delivery, direct from stock, on Phoenix products based on the new SKEDD connection technology.”

“As a key strategic distribution partner, we rely on RS Components to help us bring our latest innovations to the marketplace, offering our customers fast, worldwide access to our newest products,” said Benedikt Hagemann, Corporate Channel Partner Management at Phoenix Contact.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014 had revenues of £1.27bn.

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