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'[EE]:Looking for a blind mate wire to wire 16A con'
2005\03\31@124442 by alan smith

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Searching....yes I've been looking at the Molex, tyco,
Amp etc but havent found exactly what I need.

The voltage is from a 208 Wye w/neutral so I have 3
legs of 120V.  I have a board that slides inside a
chassis and mates to another board, but rather than
put the AC power down on the boards, figured discreet
wiring (14AWG) is easier (maybe?) so I need to plug in
and out and pretty much blind mate these together.
I'd like to physcially mount them to the board as
well.

Any ideas?


               
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2005\03\31@191942 by Bradley Ferguson

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On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 09:44:41 -0800 (PST), alan smith
<spam_OUTmicro_eng2TakeThisOuTspamyahoo.com> wrote:
> Searching....yes I've been looking at the Molex, tyco,
> Amp etc but havent found exactly what I need.
>
> The voltage is from a 208 Wye w/neutral so I have 3
> legs of 120V.  I have a board that slides inside a
> chassis and mates to another board, but rather than
> put the AC power down on the boards, figured discreet
> wiring (14AWG) is easier (maybe?) so I need to plug in
> and out and pretty much blind mate these together.
> I'd like to physcially mount them to the board as
> well.
>
> Any ideas?


At first I read the subject as: looking for blind mate to wire 16A contacts
I thought that just seemed mean.

Seriously, though, I can't really imagine the design of a blind-mating
wire-to-wire connector.    It also doesn't seem especially useful to
rig up some weird connector and try to clamp it to the circuit board
instead of putting the traces on the board.

That being said, perhaps something along these lines?
http://www.hubbellcatalog.com/wiring/section-a-datasheet.asp?PN=H320B&FAM=Straight_Blade&P=13466

A board edge connector would probably be better.  Check out this PDF:
http://www.elconproducts.com/crownedge/cat_ce-20020225b.pdf

Elcon is under the Tyco/Amp umbrella, I didn't check if these parts
are distributed anywhere, though.  You'll notice in the PDF that they
claim 30A per contact for the power variety and they come in a 4
position variety.  I don't know if you have to get extra copper
plating to use these, which might be an issue if you were trying to
use one of the cheaper proto PCB services.

As to trace thickness, I'm sure this has been discussed on this list
or possibly comp.arch.embedded if you do a search.  You need to
increase your normal trace spacing to get UL approval on things that
have an AC connection.

Good luck
Bradley


'[EE]:Looking for a blind mate wire to wire 16A con'
2005\04\01@040222 by Alan B. Pearce
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> The voltage is from a 208 Wye w/neutral so I have 3
> legs of 120V.  I have a board that slides inside a
> chassis and mates to another board, but rather than
> put the AC power down on the boards, figured discreet
> wiring (14AWG) is easier (maybe?) so I need to plug in
> and out and pretty much blind mate these together.
> I'd like to physcially mount them to the board as
> well.

I would go with the connector used on Euro Card style power supplies. These
are board edge mount, with pins like spade lugs. Matching sockets are
available for use in the card bin. They are rated for 230V use, and the size
of pin would have no problem with the sort of currents you are presumably
needing 14 awg for.

2005\04\01@085122 by alan smith

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To answer the other post...why am I doing this?  Well,
because there are some relays (Tyco OMIF series with
lugs on the top, control on the PCB) on the board that
switch the AC, and yes I could trace it but it deals
with UL crap for gaps and just putting enough copper
on the board.  I've done it before, just doing it
different this time.

But...think I finally found what I am looking for
using Anderson Power Products.  They have a blind mate
connection system  designed for UPS and such...should
work great.

Thanks for taking the time to look and respond.


--- "Alan B. Pearce" <.....A.B.PearceKILLspamspam@spam@rl.ac.uk> wrote:
> I would go with the connector used on Euro Card
> style power supplies. These
> are board edge mount, with pins like spade lugs.
> Matching sockets are
> available for use in the card bin. They are rated
> for 230V use, and the size
> of pin would have no problem with the sort of
> currents you are presumably
> needing 14 awg for.
>
> --

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