Shock resistant PCB connectors are essential in many applications that require high-reliability, such as aerospace or medical equipment. There are many connectors that are engineered to be shock resistant so that they maintain a constant electrical connection during operation, but what’s the best way to locate these connectors for use in your PCB layout? The supply chain and component creation features in Altium Designer can help you find the shock-resistant PCB connectors you need, and you can easily place and route them in your PCB layout.
PCB design software with advanced tools for creating and placing shock-resistant PCB connectors.
Rugged electronics assemblies that are built as multi-board systems require PCB connectors that are also shock-resistant. This is an important requirement in aerospace, military, automotive, and industrial electronics as electrical connections in these systems require mechanical strength and stability. PCB assemblies like backplanes, rack-mount systems, and many other systems require a rugged electrical connector that is shock resistant, vibration resistant, and moisture resistant to comply with industry testing and performance requirements for high-reliability systems.
Once you’ve selected your shock-resistant PCB connectors, it’s time to place them in the PCB layout and make the required electrical connections in your design. The best CAD tools will give you the tools to create connector footprints, import 3D STEP file models, and define electrical connections in your pinout.
If you’ve never selected or used rugged PCB connectors, there are some important criteria to consider for your system. Shock-resistance is an important consideration for many mechanical applications, but there is much more to consider when selecting rugged connectors for many designs. The most important specifications you should consider in connector datasheets are:
The applications of shock-resistant PCB connectors include routing interfaces between boards, rugged mechanical supports for two or more circuit boards, and interfacing with cable assemblies. This applies to rigid or flex circuits, both of which might require very specific levels of vibration and shock resistance. Now matter the applications of shock-resistant PCB connectors in your circuit board, you need tools to help you narrow down to the specific boards you need in your design.
To find the best shock-resistant PCB connectors for your circuit board, you need a set of search and filtration tools that help you narrow down to specific components in the supply chain. Altium Designer makes this easy with the integrated Manufacturer Part Search Panel, a simple tool that lets you search and import components into your circuit board schematics and your PCB layout.
Some designs are completely proprietary, including your connector designs. Mechanical and electrical aspects of a design will dictate how the connector can be added into your circuit board. If you are using custom components in your PCB layout, you need three sets of data:
The process for creating a component with these data is easy when you use a powerful CAD package like Altium Designer.
Altium Designer’s complete set of circuit board design tools can be used for all aspects of component creation, including arranging pads/holes for your custom connectors, placing 3D bodies, defining courtyards and mechanical keepouts, and much more. The best part is you don’t need a separate program and you don’t need to learn a different set of tools to create PCB footprints. All the CAD tools you use in Altium Designer can be used to create component footprints and schematic symbols, and it’s easy to import STEP models for your components into your PCB libraries.
When you need to create and place your rugged PCB connectors, you need a complete set of component creation tools to build your schematic symbols, PCB footprints, and import 3D models into your components. Altium Designer’s toolset includes all the PCB CAD features you need to create custom PCB footprints for rugged connectors, high pin count connectors and FPGAs, high ball count BGA components, and much more. Altium Designer offers much more than just CAD tools for components, you’ll have the tools you need to find components from the PCB supply chain and import them into your PCB libraries.
Altium’s ECAD features take your designs a step further by integrating with other design software like Fusion 360, Autodesk Inventor, and much more. PCB designers and mechanical teams can work together to ensure shock-resistant PCB connector placement doesn’t violate mechanical constraints. PCB design teams that use Altium Designer will have more than a PCB design software application, design teams can take control over the entire product development process.
Altium Designer’s complete set of circuit design, layout, and documentation features were built to work together thanks to a powerful rules-driven design engine. This complete set of PCB design tools is unified in a single application that catches design errors as the PCB layout is created and components are placed, helping you stay productive in advanced electronics design.
In addition to the PCB CAD features in Altium Designer, the external design tools are easy to access with a set of free extensions that are accessible within Altium Designer. No other design platform provides the same level of productivity or is as easy to use as Altium Designer. Invest in your designs and stay productive with the best PCB design tools in Altium Designer.
Creating, placing, and routing PCB shock resistant connectors shouldn’t be overly complicated or require external component creation services. With Altium Designer, you can create all the CAD data you need to work with components in your PCB layout and model the mechanical behavior of your board in 3D.
Altium Designer on Altium 365 delivers an unprecedented amount of integration to the electronics industry until now relegated to the world of software development, allowing designers to work from home and reach unprecedented levels of efficiency.
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