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INTRODUCTION: To manufacture superior products, well educated and trained personnel,
state-of-the-art machines and proper and well engineered tooling are necessities. This
ensures quality products and competitive pricing. Therefore most of the products are built in
companies, specializing in the different product categories.|
Cable assemblies are necessary for signal routing between components within a system. Not
all of these cable assemblies can be manufactured and then installed in the systems. In some
applications the connector is too big in diameter to fit through the slots, the cable has to be
pulled through. In those cases the cable has to be terminated with the connector after the
cable is put in place. Other examples are laboratories where certain cable assemblies are to be
replaced or repaired immediately, etc. For those applications Spectrum Elektrotechnik GmbH
is offering a number of tools. But it cannot be expected that these manually used tools are as
good as the machines used for the manufacturing of superior cable assemblies at the Cable
Assembly Division of Spectrum Elektrotechnik GmbH.
Besides the adequate manufacturing tools, also a number of important test tools are needed,
to ensure proper manufacturing and repeatable testing.
CABLE TRIMMING TOOLS: They are used to cut interfaces at semi rigid cables. Others
are engineered to cut interfaces at the flexible cable assemblies.
CRIMPING TOOLS: Instead of soldering, center contacts and outer conductors can be
crimped. The pliers for crimping the center contacts and the pliers used for the outer
conductors are different, as much higher pressure is needed for the outer conductors. A variety
of inserts can be supplied, as needed for the different cables.
CONNECTOR INTERFACE GAUGES: Connector gauges are needed for measuring the
critical interface dimensions of coaxial connectors. These connector gauges consist of an
especially adapted dial indicator with appropriate bushings and pins that are designed to mate
with the specific connector under test. The indicator of each gauge is zero set by a specific
master gauge.When engaged to a connector, it measures the specific interface dimension
from a specific reference plane. For every dimension of interest, a special gauge is offered.
This gives the most accurate results, allows easy calibration, fast and comfortable testing and
it helps to avoid mistakes.
TORQUE WRENCHES: For proper test results and long life of the connectors the rules
need to be obeyed. For each individual connector series a torque has been specified, a torque
that ensures proper mating conditions, repeatable electrical performance and guarantees
mechanically a long life of the connectors. Using a Torque Wrench guarantees that the
connection is not too loose, it also ensures that the connection is not too tight, preventing
possible connector damage and impaired electrical performance. Using the Torque Wrench
also assures that all connections are equally tight, each time.
THREAD LIMIT GAUGES: It is almost a necessity to check the thread of connectors and
adapters. Out of limits thread can create serious problems and may damage the connectors of
mating components or ruin the connectors at test equipment. Spectrum Elektrotechnik GmbH
offers a comprehensive line of thread limit gauges to check the thread on a “GO” / “NO GO” basis.