Electrical connectors

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Part: Electrical connectors
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Designer: WAGO
Date: ?
Tools: 3D printers

Introduction

An electrical connector is an electromechanical device used to join electrical conductors and create an electrical circuit. Most electrical connectors have a gender – i.e. the male component, called a plug, connects to the female component, or socket. The connection may be removable (as for portable equipment), require a tool for assembly and removal, or serve as a permanent electrical joint between two points. An adapter can be used to join dissimilar connectors.

Challenges

Thousands of configurations of connectors are manufactured for power, data, and audiovisual applications. Additionally, each type of connector often requires it's own tools, processes, and consumables such as crimping, soldering, welding, etc.

Approaches

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Wherever possible, replimat projects are wired with versatile and fully reusable 221-615 five position Wago lever nuts or equivalent terminal blocks (link?). This is a larger version of the 221-415 connector and accepts 20 - 10 gage wire as opposed to 24 - 12 gage range accessible with the 221-415.

The Wago 221-615 Holder/Mount allows for Wago 221-615 connectors to be panel mounted and easily reconfigurable bus bars.

Development targets

Adjust the Wago 221-615 Holder/Mount to fit the Replimat grid.

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